Scottish Women's Premier League

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Scottish Women's Premier League
Country Scotland
Founded 2002
Divisions 1
Number of teams 12
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Scottish First Division
Domestic cup(s) Scottish Cup
League cup(s) Scottish Premier League Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
Current champions Glasgow City
(2013)
Most championships Glasgow City (7)
Website Scottish FA
2013 Scottish Women's Premier League

The Scottish Women's Premier League was founded in 2002 and is the highest level of women's football in Scotland. The team that finish top of the Premier League qualify for the UEFA Women's Champions League.

In 2009 the women's game in Scotland adopted a summer season which now runs from March to November each year.[1]

Format[edit]

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 will be relegated to the Scottish Women's First Division. The tie-breakers are

  1. Points
  2. Superior goal difference
  3. Higher number of goals scored
  4. Higher number of points in matched between tied teams
  5. Higher number of away goals in matched between tied teams

If still tied there is a deciding game or games.[2]

2014 teams[edit]

Scottish Women's Premier League is located in Scotland
Aberdeen
Aberdeen
Glasgow
Glasgow
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Hamilton
Hamilton
Buchan
Buchan
Inverness
Inverness
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Locations of teams in the 2014 SWPL

Glasgow City are the reigning champions. The 2013 Scottish Women's First Division runner-up Celtic Reserves were ineligible for promotion as their parent clubs are current SWPL members. Therefore winners Queen's Park and third-placed Queen's Paark join the SWPL for season 2014. Kilwinning SC and Falkirk Ladies were relegated to the SWFL.

The most regular home ground is shown though many clubs play matches at other venues throughout the season.

Team Home town Home ground Finishing position 2014
Aberdeen Aberdeen Heathryfold Park 6th
Buchan Maud Pleasure Park 10th
Celtic Glasgow Celtic Training Academy, Lennoxtown 3rd
Forfar Farmington Forfar Station Park 8th
Glasgow City Glasgow Petershill Park 1st
Hamilton Academical Hamilton John Cumming Stadium, Carluke 7th
Hibernian Edinburgh Albyn Park, Broxburn 2nd
Hutchison Vale Edinburgh Saughton Enclosure 9th
Rangers Glasgow Petershill Park 5th
Spartans Edinburgh Spartans Academy 4th
Queen's Park Glasgow Lesser Hampden SWFL First Division, 1st
Inverness City LFC Inverness Bught Park SWFL First Division, 3rd

Previous League Champions[edit]

Women's football in Scotland hab been banned from the Scottish Football Association (SFA) in 1920, meaning no official grounds by SFA afflicated clubs could be used for play. Nevertheless some women's football teams toured the country to play on other grounds. The ban was upheld longer than in most European countries. In 1971 the Scottish Women's Football Association (SFWA) was founded and six teams registered for competition: Aberdeeen, Edinburgh Dynamos, Westthorn United, Motherwell AEI, Dundee Strikers and Stewarton and Thistle. In 1972/73 Westthorn Utd won the first league title. Having played their first official internationaöl match and two teams reaching the final of the English FA Women's Cup in 1972 and '73 the SFA lifted the ban and recognised the SWFA in August 1974. Since then the SWFA has been renamed Scottish Women's Football Ldt (SWF). The Scottish Women's Football League (SWFL) formed in November 1999 and in 2002/03 the Premier Division broke away to form the Premier League (SWPL).[3]

Scottish League winners were:

  • 1972/73 Westthorn Utd[4]
  • 1973-1995 ? (Edinburgh Dynamos won at least one title)[5]
  • 1995/96 Cumbernauld United[6]
  • 1996/97 Cumbernauld United[6]
  • 1997/98 Cumbernauld United[7]
  • 1998/99 ?
  • 1999/00 Cumbernauld United
  • 2000/01 Ayr United[8]
  • 2001/02 FC Kilmarnock Ladies

Premier League[edit]

In 2009 the season was changed from an autumn-spring fromat to a summer league. As a result the 2009 season was shortend to fit after the 2008/09 season. The current format with two groups after the first half of the season was adopted in 2012. The former Premier League champions are:[9]

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