The Scottish Lowland Football League (commonly known as the Lowland League) is a newly created league of 12 football clubs operating in the Scottish Lowlands, that was drawn from teams previously competing in the East of Scotland, South of Scotland and junior leagues.
On 24 September 2013, the Scottish Sun newspaper was revealed to be the first sponsor of the league. Consequently, the official name of the league is The Scottish Sun Lowland Football League.
It is intended that promotion and relegation will be instituted with the Scottish League Two via an annual play-off with the champions of the Highland Football League, though this will not happen until at least the 2014–15 season. Consequently, it will stand at a new Level 5 on the Scottish football pyramid, on a par with the Highland League and above the Lowlands-based regional leagues. Relegation to the Lowlands regional leagues may follow afterwards.
As a creation of the Scottish FA, the Lowland League will be a full member of the same organisation.
The Lowland League was founded by a unanimous vote of members of the Scottish FA on 11 June 2013, who had for some time intended on instituting a football pyramid including promotion and relegation from Scottish football's senior divisions down to its junior and amateur levels. The league will be composed of teams drawn from the South of Scotland, East of Scotland and junior leagues, who met on 17 June 2013 to elect between them the founder-members of the new league.
While most clubs were invited to submit bids to join, Preston Athletic, Spartans and Threave Rovers were offered automatic entry as they were already fully licensed by the Scottish FA. While 27 clubs had registered their interest, the Lowland League received 17 applications to join. After the meeting on 17 June, it was announced there would be 12 teams in the league, and that they would be Dalbeattie Star, East Kilbride, Edinburgh City, Gala Fairydean Rovers, Gretna 2008, Preston Athletic, Selkirk, Spartans, Stirling University, Threave Rovers, Vale of Leithen & Whitehill Welfare.
Two clubs, Edinburgh University and BSC Glasgow, will be added to the league for the 2014–15 season.
Location of teams in 2014–15 Scottish Lowland Football League
||Lochburn Park, Maryhill
||New Peffermill Stadium
|Gala Fairydean Rovers
||3G Arena, Netherdale
|Vale of Leithen