With an exciting draw for the Third Round of the Scottish Women’s Cup where the big guns meet the lower league sides plus the season launch details for the lower levels of the women’s game in Scotland – we round up all the news from today. Thanks to Scottish Women’s Football (20/12/21).
Above: The Scottish Women’s Cup. Photo: Scottish Women’s Football.
Scottish Women’s Cup Draw:
Today’s sixteen ties have brought about some fascinating ties. Glasgow giants Celtic and Rangers both travel to lower league opposition with the Hoops going to Edinburgh City and Rangers to Stenhousemuir. Fourteen in a row league champions Glasgow City host second-tier Queen’s Park
Second-tier leaders Dundee United travel to lower-level opposition – either Westdyke or United Glasgow. In other top ties involving tier two teams, St. Johnstone hosts top-flight side Aberdeen whilst Kilmarnock travel to lower league Dryburgh Athletic or Harmony Row, whose second-round tie was postponed this weekend. There is also an all Premier League One tie between Partick Thistle and Motherwell.
Livingston v Montrose
Boroughmuir Thistle v Renfrew
Spartans v Morton
Gartcairn v East Fife
Partick Thistle v Motherwell
Dryburgh Athletic or Harmony Row v Kilmarnock
Edinburgh City v Celtic
Gleniffer Thistle v Heart of Midlothian
St. Johnstone v Hibernian
Sutherland v Falkirk
Hamilton Academical v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Glasgow City v Queen’s Park
Glasgow Girls and Womens v Aberdeen
Stenhousemuir v Rangers
Westdyke or United Glasgow v Dundee United
Stirling University v BSC Glasgow
Ties to be played on or before 9th January 2022.
SWFL Season Launch Details:
The 2022 Scottish Women’s Football League (SWFL) season kicks off on Sunday 27th March and the 2022 SWFL Cup gets underway on Sunday 13th February.
The three SWFL regions remain in place for the 2022 season. Seven teams will enter the SWFL North/East, 13 teams will enter SWFL West/South West, and 14 teams will enter the SWFL Central/South East.
In SWFL West/South West and SWFL Central/South East teams will play each other twice and in SWFL North/East will play each other four times.
New teams entering the SWFL are Dalbeattie Star, Cumnock, Nitsdale Wanderers, Drumpchapel United (all SWFL West/South West), Clydebank, Dunipace, Livingston Development, and Edinburgh South (all SWFL Central/South East).
You can view the 2022 fixtures for the following leagues by clicking below:
SWFL Central/South East
SWFL West/South West
The format for the 2022 SWFL Cup has also been confirmed. Teams have been allocated into Regional Groups of four or five. Groups with four teams will play each other home and away, while groups with five teams will play each other once.
You can view the 2022 groups and fixtures by clicking here.
The top two teams from each group will progress to the Regional Round of 16 while a National draw will be conducted from the Quarter-Final onwards.
The SWFL Plate will also continue in 2022, offering opportunities for teams who do not progress in the SWFL Cup guaranteed games and an opportunity at silverware.
The dates for the SWFL Cup are as follows:
Sunday 13th February – Group Stage commences
Sunday 10th April – Regional Round of 16
Sunday 1st May – Quarter-Final
Sunday 22nd May – Semi-Final
Sunday 26th June – Final
Highlands and Islands 2022 Season Announced
The 2022 SWF Highlands and Islands League season kicks-off on Sunday 13th March and the 2022 SWF Highlands and Islands League Cup gets underway on Sunday 27th March. The cup final will take place on Saturday 18th or Sunday 19th June and the final round of fixtures will be Sunday 9th October.
The nine teams featured in 2021 will participate again for the 2022 title, including reigning champions Inverness CT Development.
You can view the 2021 fixtures by clicking here.
The 2022 SWF Highlands and Islands League Cup competition remains as normal with teams featuring in a knockout format. The date of the draw for the Prelim Round and Quarter-Final is TBC.
The only change will see Lewis & Harris enter the cup competition, giving them a chance to win the trophy after success in 2019. However, reigning champions Sutherland will have something to say about that.
The dates for the SWF Highlands and Islands League Cup are as follows:
Sunday 27th March – Prelim Round
Sunday 10th April – Quarter-Final
Sunday 22nd May – Semi-Final
Saturday 18th or Sunday 19th June – Final