Scottish Women's Football League First Division Cup

Last updated

The Scottish Women's Football League First Division Cup is a cup competition in Scottish women's football, a competition only open to teams in the Scottish Women's First Division, the second highest division in women's football in Scotland. There are four rounds, including the final.

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.

Contents

Background

The trophy started out as the Scottish Women's League Cup. The competition began in the 1972–73 season along with the foundation of the Scottish Women's League,. [1] Westthorn United won the first edition of the competition. [1] They won as part of the treble along with the Scottish Women's League and Scottish Women's Cup. [1]

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.

High street store Sports Connection became the first official sponsor of the Scottish Women's League and Scottish Women's League Cup in 1997. [2] Premier Division clubs broke away to form the Scottish Women's Premier League (SWPL) before the 2002–03 season, the new top division for women's football in Scotland. [3] The Scottish Women's Premier League Cup, a competition only open to SWPL teams was also introduced. With the top division in Scotland now having its own exclusive League Cup competition, the competition became the equivalent to the men's Scottish Challenge Cup, a competition only open to lower league clubs.

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 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.

In association football, a League Cup or Secondary Cup generally signifies a cup competition for which entry is restricted only to teams in a particular league. The first national association football tournament to be called "League Cup" was held in Scotland in 1946–47 and was entitled the Scottish League Cup. However, in the Republic of Ireland the now defunct League of Ireland Shield was the first national league-only tournament of its kind; this was subsequently replaced by the League of Ireland Cup in 1983.

In 2012, the SWF launched separate cup competitions for First and Second Division teams. [4] The trophy is now an exclusively all First Division competition. In 2016, the SWF launched SWPL 2, a new second tier for the Scottish Women's Premier League. [5] So now the First Division sits below SWPL 1 and SWPL 2, it has now also been split in to the north and south leagues. Since 2009, women's football in Scotland has adopted a summer season which now runs from March to November each year. [6]

List of winners

Winners so far are:

The competition began in season 1972–73. [1]

1972 - 2002

From 1972 to 2002, cup was a competition open to all league clubs.

Year [7] WinnerRunner UpResultRef
1972/73Westthorn United [1]
1973/74 - 1989/90
1990/91Inveralmond Ladies [8]
1991/92Inveralmond LadiesAberdeen3–1 [8]
1992/93
1993/94ClydeCumbernauld United6–1 [9]
1994/95 - 1995/96
1996/97Cumbernauld UnitedClyde6–0 or 6–1 [9] [10]
1997/98Cumbernauld UnitedClyde6–1 [10]
1998/99Cumbernauld UnitedClyde5–0 [11]
1999/00Cumbernauld United
2000/01Cumbernauld United Aberdeen 3–1
2001/02 Kilmarnock Ayr United2–0 [12]

2002 - 2011

From 2002 to 2011, cup was a competition open to all league clubs below Premier League.

Year [7] WinnerRunner UpResultRef
2002/03
2003/04Clyde Aberdeen 4–0 [13]
2004/05Forfar Farmington LadiesInverness Caledonian Thistle2–1 a.e.t.
2005/06Lochee United LFCArthurlie LFC4–2
2006/07Inverness LadiesVale of Clyde Ladies3–0
2007/08Dundee UnitedDalkeith Ladies FC6–0
2008/09CelticSpartans4–0
2010Celtic ReservesHibernian 20002–0 [14]
2011 Aberdeen Toryglen2–1

2012 - Present

Since 2012, cup has been a competition for all First Division clubs.

Year [7] WinnerRunner UpResultRef
2012Queen's ParkPaisley Saints0–0 (3–2 pen) [15]
2013Inverness CityDunfermilne Athletic6–0 [16]
2014HeartsDunfermline Athletic3–1 [17]
2015Jeanfield SwiftsHibernian Development3–0 [18] [19] [20]
2016Hibernian DevelopmentEast Fife2–1 [21] [22]
2017Cumbernauld ColtsCeltic Academy1–0 [23] [24] [25]
2018Celtic AcademyHibernian Under 23's1–0 [26]

See also

The Scottish Women's Football League Second Division Cup is a cup competition in Scottish women's football, a competition only open to teams in all four Second Divisions, the North, West, East and Central Divisions. The Second Division is the lowest division in the women's football league system in Scotland. There are six rounds, including the final.

Related Research Articles

Julie Fleeting British footballer

Julie Fleeting MBE, whose married name is Julie Stewart, is a Scottish international footballer who plays as a striker for Scottish Women's Premier League club Glasgow City Previously, Fleeting spent nine years at English club Arsenal and was the first Scot to play as a full-time professional in the WUSA playing for San Diego Spirit.

Glasgow City F.C. association football club

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.

East Fife G.W.F.C.

East Fife Girls and Women's Football Club are a Scottish women's football team based in the Fife coastal town of Leven. The team, established in 2000, were originally named Kirkland Ladies and changed to East Fife Ladies in 2002. They currently compete in the Scottish Women's Football League First Division (North).

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.

The 2013 Scottish Women's Premier League was the twelfth season of the Scottish Women's Premier League, the highest division of women's football in Scotland since its inception in 2002. The competition started on 17 March 2013.

The 2014 Scottish Women's Premier League was the thirteenth season of the Scottish Women's Premier League, the highest division of women's football in Scotland since its inception in 2002. The competition started on 16 March 2014.

Motherwell Ladies Football Club is a women's football team that plays in the Scottish Women's Premier League (SWPL). They currently compete in its top tier, SWPL1, following a record-breaking title winning SWPL2 campaign in 2018.

The 2015 SWF Scottish Cup is the national cup competition in Scottish women's football. All teams in the Scottish Women's Football League and Premier League are eligible to enter.

The 2016 Scottish Women's Premier League season is the 15th season of the Scottish Women's Premier League, the highest division of women's football in Scotland since its inception in 2002.

The 2016 SWF Scottish Cup is the national cup competition in Scottish women's football. All teams in the Scottish Women's Football League and SWPL 1 & 2 are eligible to enter.

The 2017 Scottish Women's Football League First Division, commonly known as SWFL 1, is the second season of the Scottish Women's Football League First Division, the third tier of women's football in Scotland since its reconstruction at the end of the 2015 season.

Central Girls Football Academy

Central Girls Football Academy is a women's football team based in Grangemouth, Central Scotland.

St Johnstone Women's Football Club is a Scottish women's association football club based in Perth. They are members of the Scottish Women's Premier League (SWPL), the highest level women's football league in Scotland, and have competed in its second tier, SWPL 2, since 2016.

The 2018 Scottish Women's Premier League season is the 17th season of the Scottish Women's Premier League, the highest division of women's football in Scotland since its inception in 2002.

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 SFA women’s chief says hails good times for Scots Edinburgh News. 18-10-2013. Retrieved 03-03-2015.
  2. Sports Connection to sponsor Scottish Women's Football League SFA. 11-12-1997. Retrieved 06-03-2013.
  3. Jonathan Magee, Sheila Scraton, Jayne Caudwell, Katie Liston (30 January 2008). Women, Football and Europe: Histories, Equity and Experience. Meyer & Meyer Verlag. pp. 3–27.
  4. Scottish Women's Football League 2nd Division Cup SFA / SWF. Retrieved 03-03-2015.
  5. "Buchan Ladies delighted to feature in SWPL 2 season". Buchan Observer. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  6. Leighton, Tony (19 December 2010). "England coach Hope Powell calls for women's game to switch to summer". The Guardian . Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  7. 1 2 3 Scotland - Women's Cup Winners RSSSF. Retrieved 03-03-2015.
  8. 1 2 Women's football Herald Scotland. 04-11-1991. Retrieved 03-03-2015.
  9. 1 2 These misses are such a hit now Herald Scotland. 11-11-1996. Retrieved 03-03-2015.
  10. 1 2 Cumber-mauled Daily Record. 15-12-1997. Retrieved 05-032013.
  11. United 5-0 Clyde The Mirror. 30-11-1998. Retrieved 18-11-2012.
  12. Scotland (Women) Cup 2001/02 RSSSF. Retrieved 23-11-2012.
  13. Honours for Ladies Clyde FC. 27-04-2004. Retrieved 03-03-2015.
  14. 2010 Football League Cup Final SFA / SWF. Retrieved 03-03-2015.
  15. 2012 Football League First Division Cup Final SFA / SWF. Retrieved 03-03-2015.
  16. 2013 Football League First Division Cup Final SFA / SWF. Retrieved 03-03-2015.
  17. 2014 Football League First Division Cup Final SFA / SWF. Retrieved 03-03-2015.
  18. "All the goals from Jeanfield Swifts Ladies cup-winning performance". Jeanfield Swifts FC . Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  19. "SWFL Division 1 Cup Final". Pitchero. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  20. "9 June 2015". Evening Telegraph . Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  21. "Hibernian Development victorious over East Fife in #SWFL1 Cup". SWF. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  22. "Hibernian Development Leave It Late To Beat East Fife – SWFL Division One Cup Final". Tartan Kicks. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  23. "SWF Division 1 League Cup Final – Celtic Academy v Cumbernauld Colts". SWF. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  24. "Cumbernauld Colts girls defeat Celtic Academy to win first senior trophy". Cumbernauld News. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  25. "Colts boss - 'League Cup win can spur us on to promotion this season'". Daily Record . 27 May 2017. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  26. "Celtic Academy clinch #SWFL 1 Cup with late penalty". She Kicks. 4 April 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.