Scottish Women's Premier League

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Scottish Women's Premier League
Founded 2002
Country Scotland
Confederation UEFA
Divisions 2
Number of teams 16 (8 in each division)
Level on pyramid 1–2
Domestic cup(s) Scottish Cup
League cup(s) Scottish Premier League Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
Current champions Glasgow City (11th title)
(2016)
Most championships Glasgow City (11 titles)
Website www.womenspremierleague.co.uk
2017 season

The Scottish Women's Premier League (SWPL) is the highest level of 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 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]

History[edit]

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]

Format[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] The SWPL 2 uses the same format and the two last placed teams are relegated to the SWFL 1.

2016 teams[edit]

Scottish Women's Premier League is located in Scotland
Aberdeen
Aberdeen
Glasgow City, Rangers, Celtic
Glasgow City, Rangers, Celtic
Forfar Farmington
Forfar Farmington
Hibernian, Spartans
Hibernian, Spartans
Stirling Univ.
Stirling Univ.
Locations of teams in the 2016 SWPL

Glasgow City are the reigning champions. The most regular home ground is shown though many clubs play matches at other venues throughout the season.

Team Location Home ground Finishing position 2015
Aberdeen Aberdeen Heathryfold Park 4th
Celtic Glasgow K-Park Training Academy, East Kilbride 3rd
Forfar Farmington Forfar Station Park 8th
Glasgow City Glasgow Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie 1st
Hibernian Edinburgh Ainslie Park, Edinburgh 2nd
Rangers Glasgow New Tinto Park, Govan 6th
Spartans Edinburgh Spartans Academy 5th
Stirling University Stirling Gannochy Sports Centre 7th

Champions[edit]

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:[7]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Rules for Senior Leagues & League Cups" (PDF). Scottish FA. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  5. ^ 2015 Competition rules
  6. ^ "New SWPL 1 & SWPL 2 season 2016". scottishfa.co.uk. 27 November 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Scotland (Women) - List of Champions". RSSSF.com. 2010. 
  8. ^ http://www.ultrasoft.hostinguk.com/swfa/Clubs.htm
  9. ^ http://www.thefreelibrary.com/WOMEN%27S+FOOTBALL%3A+Glory+at+last+for+City+girls.-a0132896752
  10. ^ http://uk.women.soccerway.com/national/scotland/swpl/2009-2010/regular-season/r9376/
  11. ^ "Glasgow City clinch Scottish Women's Premier League". BBC. 2 October 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Glasgow City beat Aberdeen as they lift sixth SWPL title". BBC. 28 October 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Glasgow City secure their ninth league title in a row". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 October 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Glasgow City secure 10 in a row with a 3-1 win over Hibernian". glasgowlive.co.uk. 23 October 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 

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