Scottish Women's Premier League

Last updated
Scottish Women's Premier League
Founded2002
CountryScotland
Confederation UEFA
Divisions2
Number of teams16 (8 in each division)
Level on pyramid1–2
Relegation to SWFL 1 North
SWFL 1 South
Domestic cup(s) Scottish Cup
League cup(s) Scottish Premier League Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
Current champions Glasgow City (13th title)
(2018)
Most championships Glasgow City (13 titles)
Website www.womenspremierleague.co.uk
Soccerball current event.svg 2019 Scottish Women's Premier League

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.

Womens association football association football when played by women

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 country in Northwest Europe, part of the United Kingdom

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.

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.

Contents

The champions and runners-up of SWPL 1 qualify directly for the Round of 32 of the UEFA Women's Champions League. [1] Since 2009 the league has operated a summer season, running from March to November each year. [2]

UEFA Womens Champions League European association football tournament for clubs

The UEFA Women's Champions League, previously called the UEFA Women's Cup (2001–09), is an international women's association football competition. It involves the top club teams from countries affiliated with the European governing body UEFA.

History

The Scottish Women's Football League (SWFL) was formed in 1999. In 2002, its top division broke away to form the Scottish Women's Premier League (SWPL), with the aim of introducing a more professional attitude and increasing media interest. The twelve founder members of the SWPL were Ayr United, Cove Rangers, Dundee, Giulianos, Glasgow City, Hamilton Academical, Hibernian, Inver-Ross, F.C. Kilmarnock, Lossiemouth, Raith Rovers and Shettleston. [3]

The Scottish Women's Football League (SWFL) is a women's association football league in Scotland. Formed in 1999 as the country's top women's football league, it now comprises the third and fourth tiers of the Scottish league system, following the breakaway of its top division to create the Scottish Women's Premier League (SWPL) in 1999 and the subsequent expansion of the SWPL to two divisions. The league is owned and managed by Scottish Women's Football (SWF), an affiliated body of the Scottish Football Association (SFA).

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.

Hamilton Academical W.F.C.

Hamilton Academical Women Football Club is a women's football club affiliated with Hamilton Academical. The team currently competes in the Scottish Women's Premier League 2, the second division of women's football in Scotland, and plays its home games at New Douglas Park.

Since 2018 the league has been sponsored by the Scottish Building Society. [4]

The Scottish Building Society is a building society based in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is the oldest building society in the world, the only remaining building society based in Scotland and the 42nd largest in the United Kingdom based on total assets of £377.6 million at 31 January 2015. It is a member of the Building Societies Association.

Format

Up until 2011 teams played each other twice.

From season 2012, the 12 teams in the league will play each other once before the league splits into a top 6 and bottom 6 based on the league positions at that stage. The top 6 then play each other home and away for the Premier League title, while the bottom 6 play each other home and away to avoid being relegated. After the season is complete, the teams which finish in positions 11 and 12 were relegated to the Scottish Women's First Division. [5]

In 2016 a new format was established. From then on the Premier League will consist of two levels of eight teams each. They are named SWPL 1 and SWPL 2. [6] Teams will play each other three times, with the bottom placed team being relegated to the SWPL 2 after the season. The split into a championship and relegation group is discontinued. [7] The SWPL 2 uses the same format, however there is one promotion to the SWPL 1 and the two last placed teams are relegated to the SWFL 1 divisions.

The Scottish Women's First Division is the third tier of women's football in Scotland. It is split into North and South regions, with one team from each region promoted to SWPL 2. Teams are relegated into one of four Regional Scottish Women's Second Divisions.

2019 teams

SWPL 1

TeamLocationHome groundCapacity2018 position
Celtic Glasgow K Park Training Academy, East Kilbride 1,0003rd
Forfar Farmington Forfar Station Park 6,7775th
Glasgow City Glasgow Petershill Park [8] 1,0001st
Motherwell Motherwell Dalziel Park 1,0001st in SWPL 2
Hibernian Edinburgh Ainslie Park 3,0002nd
Rangers Glasgow New Tinto Park, Govan 2,0004th
Spartans Edinburgh Ainslie Park 3,0006th
Stirling University Stirling Gannochy Sports Centre 1,0007th

SWPL 2

TeamLocationHome groundCapacity2018 position
Dundee United Dundee Gussie Park1,0001st in SWFL 1 North
Hamilton Academical Hamilton Hamilton Palace Sports Ground1,0008th in SWPL 1
Glasgow Girls Glasgow Petershill Park 1,0006th
Heart of Midlothian Edinburgh Oriam 1,0003rd
Kilmarnock Ladies Kilmarnock Rugby Park [9] 17,8892nd
Hutchison Vale Edinburgh Saughton Enclosure1,0005th
Partick Thistle Glasgow Petershill Park 1,0003rd in SWFL 1 South
St Johnstone Perth McDiarmid Park [10] 10,6964th

Champions

In 2009 the season was changed from an autumn-spring format to a summer league. As a result, the 2009 season was shortened to fit after the 2008–09 season. The format was changed a number of times. The format with two groups after the first half of the season that way played since 2012 has ended in 2016 with the new SWPL 1. The former Premier League champions are: [11]

Broadcasting

In September 2018, it was announced that BBC Alba would broadcast four SWPL 1 matches during the remainder of the 2018 season. Scottish Women's Football (SWF) and BBC Alba also announced that this will be a two-year deal for six games per year, including the Scottish Women's Cup final and Scottish Women's Premier League Cup final. [20]

Related Research Articles

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.

Hibernian L.F.C.

Hibernian Girls & Ladies Football Club is a women's football team that plays in the Scottish Women's Premier League, the top division of women's football in Scotland. Hibernian Ladies are affiliated with Hibernian in Edinburgh and use the club's training facilities and wear the club's colours.

The 2011 Women's Premier League is the tenth season of the Scottish Women's Premier League, the highest division of Women's football in Scotland since its inception in 2002.

The 2012 Women's Premier League is the eleventh season of the Scottish Women's Premier League, the highest division of women's football in Scotland since its inception in 2002.

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.

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 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.

The 2015 Scottish Women's Premier League (SWPL) was the fourteenth season of the Scottish Women's Premier League, the highest division of women's football in Scotland since its inception in 2002.

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 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 2017 Scottish Women's Premier League season was the 16th season of the Scottish Women's Premier League, the highest division of women's football in Scotland since its inception in 2002.

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.

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.

The 2019 Scottish Women's Premier League, known as the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women's Premier League for sponsorship reasons, is the 18th season of the Scottish Women's Premier League, the highest division of women's football in Scotland since its inception in 2002.

References

  1. "Access List for the UEFA Women's Champions League 2016/17" (PDF). uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  2. Leighton, Tony (19 December 2010). "England coach Hope Powell calls for women's game to switch to summer". The Guardian . Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  3. "Scottish women's league kicks off". BBC Sport. 9 August 2002. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  4. "Scottish women's champions to receive prize money for first time". BBC Sport. BBC. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  5. "Rules for Senior Leagues & League Cups" (PDF). Scottish FA. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  6. 2015 Competition rules
  7. "New SWPL 1 & SWPL 2 season 2016". scottishfa.co.uk. 27 November 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  8. http://www.glasgowcityfc.co.uk/latest/2017/9/19/glasgow-city-return-home-to-petershill-park
  9. http://www.womenspremierleague.co.uk/teams/kilmarnock/
  10. http://www.womenspremierleague.co.uk/teams/jeanfield-swifts/
  11. "Scotland (Women) - List of Champions". RSSSF.com. 2010.
  12. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2011-03-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/WOMEN%27S+FOOTBALL%3A+Glory+at+last+for+City+girls.-a0132896752
  14. http://uk.women.soccerway.com/national/scotland/swpl/2009-2010/regular-season/r9376/
  15. "Glasgow City clinch Scottish Women's Premier League". BBC. 2 October 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  16. "Glasgow City beat Aberdeen as they lift sixth SWPL title". BBC. 28 October 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  17. "Glasgow City secure their ninth league title in a row". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 October 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  18. "Glasgow City secure 10 in a row with a 3-1 win over Hibernian". glasgowlive.co.uk. 23 October 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  19. "SWPL: Glasgow City beat Spartans to claim 12th title in a row". BBC Sport. 28 October 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  20. "BBC ALBA set to broadcast four Scottish Building Society SWPL games". Scottish Women's Premier League. 4 September 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.