Scottish Women’s Football has unveiled the structure of its top leagues for the 2022/23 season, with our own women’s side taking their place in the SWF Championship.
With the SWPL 1&2 being administered by the Scottish Professional Football League from next season, SWF’s top tier will become the Championship, a competitive national league made up of eight teams, the membership of which is determined by specific criteria, such as commitments to youth pathways and player wellbeing.
Our women’s team will play in the SWF Championship alongside Ayr United, Dryburgh Athletic Women, Hutchison Vale WFC, Inverness Caledonian Thistle WFC, Morton FC Women, Rossvale FC Women and Renfrew Ladies FC
Under that, a national League One will be made up of 14 teams.
There will be no relegation from the Championship after the first season, with two teams who have met minimum requirements promoted from league one to create a Championship League of ten criteria-compliant teams. Promotion from the Championship will see sides enter SWPL 2.
The new criteria will require clubs to provide sanitary products at games and work to support the wellbeing of players.
Commenting, Scottish Women’s Football CEO Aileen Campbell said: “Women’s football in Scotland is growing and reaching every part of the country.
“Our new Championship will represent an exciting and competitive contest among eight teams from right across Scotland, culminating in a prestigious trophy in its own right. I’m delighted that participating clubs have shown a commitment to the wellbeing of their players – things like ensuring sanitary products are available at training facilities – and providing player pathways, to give girls opportunities to play at a grassroots level.
“League One will also be a fiercely competitive league, with the prize of two places in the Championship up for grabs. As professionalism grows at the top of the game we need to ensure a route is there for every woman in the country to have the opportunity to participate and reach the top, and I’m confident the new structure will showcase the best our clubs have to offer.”
We’ll being you all of our women’s fixtures once published as the side look forward to battling it out in the top tier of the SWF for a place in SWPL2 for the 2023/24 season!