The fixtures for the first ever Scottish Women’s Football (SWF) Championship season have been announced. These two new leagues (SWF Championship North & South) will sit under the Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) as part of the performance pathway.
14 teams will enter the SWF Championship South and 12 teams will enter the SWF Championship North. Both leagues will see each team face each other twice, home and away, to complete a 28 week (South) and a 24 week (North) calendar.
Scottish Women’s Football Executive Officer, Fiona McIntyre, said: “It’s an extremely exciting time for the Scottish game. The changes we’ve made to our senior game are significant and we strongly believe will have a positive impact for all involved. I believe we will see an incredibly competitive and exciting season across the performance pathway.”
As well as the creation of the SWF Championship, there is also the introduction of promotion play-off matches. This will allow an additional team, along with the top two teams in each North and South league, the chance to win promotion to SWPL 2.
The play-off will see the two runners-up in SWF Championship North & South meet in a one legged match at a neutral venue. The winner of that match will then face the team that finished eighth in SWPL 2. This will also be a one legged match held at a natural venue.
“We are delighted to implement play-offs for 2020” said McIntyre. “As the game develops across the board, we feel that now is the best time to provide increased opportunities for clubs to earn promotion. This will also add extra excitement to the full season and the addition of further matches for new and existing fans to attend after the leagues have concluded.”