The Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) starts next season and is made up of 20 teams in two divisions.
SWPL’s first annual general meeting was held at Hampden Park on Wednesday, at which an expanded SWPL1 was formed with 12 teams (out of 10 teams), along with eight teams competing in SWPL2.
With 20 confirmed teams across the two leagues and the appointment of SWPL board members, the incorporation of professional women’s football into the new format, designed to grow and promote women’s football across Scotland, is formally complete.
Elite women’s football in Scotland now comes under the jurisdiction of the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL), having previously been operated by Scottish Women’s Football (SWF). At the start of a new era for women’s football in Scotland, the SPFL will also host a new League Cup.
SWPL interim managing director Fiona McIntyre said: “This is a historic day for Scottish women’s football. I am delighted to welcome the first 20 clubs to the new league and congratulate the first club-appointed directors on their election to the SWPL Board.
“It’s important to acknowledge all of the hard work that has gone into getting us to this place. Scottish women’s football can now look to the future with confidence as a result of that hard work and the dedication of so many people over so many years. “
SWPL1 Clubs: Aberdeen Celtic Dundee United Glasgow City Glasgow Women Hamilton Academicals Hearts Hibernian Motherwell Partick Thistle Rangers Spartans.
SWPL2 Clubs: Boroughmuir Thistle, East Fife, Gartcairn, Kilmarnock, Montrose, Queens Park, St Johnstone, Stirling University.
Rangers boss Thomson ‘so proud’
Rangers ended Glasgow City’s 14-year lead in the Scottish Women’s Premier League earlier this month, clinching their first SWPL1 title with one game remaining.
Boss Malky Thomson said he was immensely proud of his players after winning their first title and shared it Sky sports news: “The performance of the girls was second to none and I am so proud of everyone at Rangers Football Club.
“There was pressure and you can try to deal with that in training, but until you actually go through it and experience it and become a winner, it will enrich the journey into next season.”