Scottish Women's Football (SWF), formerly the Scottish Women’s Football Association (SWFA), is the governing body for women's association football in Scotland, and an affiliated national association of the Scottish Football Association (SFA). The SWFA was founded in 1972, when four teams met and decided to form an Association.
Women's association football, also commonly known as women's football or women's soccer is the most prominent team sport played by women around the globe. It is played at the professional level in numerous countries throughout the world and 176 national teams participate internationally.
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain, with a border with England to the southeast, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, the North Sea to the northeast, the Irish Sea to the south, and more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.
The Scottish Football Association, is the governing body of football in Scotland and has the ultimate responsibility for the control and development of football in Scotland. Members of the SFA include clubs in Scotland, affiliated national associations as well as local associations. It was formed in 1873, making it the second oldest national football association in the world. It is not to be confused with the "Scottish Football Union", which is the name that the SRU was known by until the 1920s.
This association consists of:
The Scottish football league system is a series of generally unconnected leagues for Scottish football clubs. The Scottish system is more complicated than many other national league systems, consisting of several completely separate systems or 'grades' of leagues and clubs, with Senior football, Junior football, and beneath these Amateur and Welfare football.
The Women's FA Cup is the top cup competition for women's football clubs in England – designed as an equivalent to the FA Cup.
Scott Booth is a Scottish football coach and former player, who is currently head coach of Glasgow City in the Scottish Women's Premier League.
The Scotland women's national football team represents Scotland in international women's football competitions. Since 1998, the team has been governed by the Scottish Football Association (SFA). Scotland qualified in the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2019, and qualified for their first UEFA Women's Euro in 2017. As of December 2018, the team was 20th in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.
The Scottish Football Writers' Association Manager of the Year award is given to the manager in Scottish football who is seen to have been the best manager of the previous season. The award is voted for by the members of the Scottish Football Writers' Association.
Gareth John Evans is an English football player and coach. He played for Coventry City, Rotherham United, Hibernian, Stoke City, Northampton Town, Partick Thistle, Airdrie and Alloa Athletic. Evans has been the caretaker manager of Hibernian and Livingston, and was head coach of the Scotland women's under-19 national team for four years.
Glasgow City Football Club is a women's football team based in Glasgow that plays in SWPL 1, the top division of women's football in Scotland and also the higher of two levels of the Scottish Women's Premier League. The club has competed in the UEFA Women's Cup and UEFA Women's Champions League. They also have a reserve team and youth teams.
The Scottish Women's Premier League (SWPL) is the highest level of league competition in women's football in Scotland. The league consists of two divisions, SWPL 1 and SWPL 2, each with eight teams and is owned and managed by Scottish Women's Football. The league was formed in 2002 when the Premier Division of the Scottish Women's Football League (SWFL) broke away to form the SWPL. Initially operating as a single division of twelve teams, the current format was introduced in 2015 with the creation of SWPL 2.
The Scottish Women's Football Scottish Cup, commonly known as the Scottish Women's Cup and currently as the SSE Scottish Women's Cup for sponsorship reasons, is the national knockout cup competition for women's football in Scotland. The competition is owned and managed by Scottish Women's Football (SWF), an affiliated body of the Scottish Football Association (SFA), and is open to all senior teams affiliated with the SWF. The competition was first held in 1971. Glasgow City and Hibernian are its most successful teams, having won it eight times each.
The Scottish Women's Premier League Cup is a cup competition in Scottish women's football, a competition only open to teams in the Scottish Women's Premier League. There are four rounds, including the final.
Kim Alison Little is a Scottish footballer who is a leading scorer on the Scotland women's national football team. She currently plays for Arsenal in the FA WSL. She previously played for NWSL club Seattle Reign FC and Melbourne City in the Australian W-League. During her first spell at Arsenal from 2008–2013, the team won four league titles, three WSL Continental Cups, three FA Cups and one Premier League Cup. Prior to her six years with Arsenal, Little played for Hibernian L.F.C. in the Scottish Women's Premier League (SWPL). During her 18 months with the club, they won the SWPL championship title, Scottish Cup, and the Premier League Cup.
James Fairlie is a former Scottish footballer.
Women's association football is a largely amateur sport in Scotland, given the greater emphasis of the male competitions. As in the men's game, the women's league structure consists of a Premier League and a Football League with Divisions One and Two, but the second division is split into North, West, East, and South East regions. In the women's SFL, reserve and youth squads may compete as long as they do not compete in the same division as the titular club. The team that wins the Premier League title qualifies for the following season's UEFA Champions League. There are also four cup competitions, the Scottish Cup, Scottish Premier League Cup, Scottish First Division Cup and the Scottish Second Division Cup.
Football Club Kilmarnock Ladies is a women's football team based in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire that plays in the SWPL 2. Founded as Stewarton Thistle, the club is the oldest women's football team in Scotland and celebrated its 50th anniversary in July 2011.
Michelle "Shelley" Kerr is a Scottish football manager and former player. She is currently the manager of Scotland women's national football team. As a player Kerr was a powerful centre back, who captained the Scotland as well as clubs including Kilmarnock and Hibernian. During her playing career, Kerr won every domestic honour in Scotland and played in the UEFA Women's Cup. She won 59 caps for Scotland between 1989 and 2008, scoring three goals.
Sarah Crilly is a Scottish footballer who plays for Scottish Women's Premier League (SWPL) club Celtic, typically as a winger. Crilly has four caps and two goals for the Scotland women's national football team.
The Scottish Welfare Football Association (SWFA) is an affiliated association of the Scottish Football Association. It was formed at the end of the First World War to boost morale among factory workers. Historically, over 500 clubs competed in Welfare competitions; however, this has dwindled over the years to fewer than 200 currently. The association oversees competitions mainly operating Sunday and summer or midweek football, predominantly in the North of Scotland.
Claire Emslie is a Scottish footballer who plays as a forward for Manchester City and the Scotland national team.
Sophie Louise Howard is a football defender who plays for Reading of England's FA WSL. Since 2017, she has been a member of the senior Scotland national team.
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