Scottish Women’s Championship & League One Fixtures Announced

22/7/22

Artwork: Scottish Women’s Football

Fixtures for the new leagues immediately below the top two divisions in Scottish Women’s Football have been released.

The new SWF Women’s Championship and Women’s League One will open with a full card of fixtures on Sunday 14 August.

Glasgow club Rossvale, who narrowly missed out on SWPL promotion last season, face a trip to Inverness on the opening day, while the Championship Cup holders Dryburgh Athletic host Livingston in Dundee.

Greenock Morton will host Ayr United and Edinburgh side Hutchison Vale travel to Renfrew.

Above: Rossvale (yellow and red) will be hoping to have more to celebrate this coming season and make up for missing out on promotion last time round. Photo: Rossvale Women & Girls.

The new League One will kick off on the same day, with an Edinburgh derby between Edinburgh Caledonia and recently renamed FC Edinburgh (formerly Edinburgh City).

The eight-team Scottish Women’s Championship will see clubs play each other twice home and twice away before a split which will see the top four teams joust for the title.

League One now contains 12 teams after the withdrawal of Buchan and Bishopton. This means the league will split after teams have played each other home and away into a top six and bottom six for one remaining round.

There will be no relegation from the Championship for its first season, allowing the league to grow to ten teams who meet eligibility criteria around youth pathways and player wellbeing.

Above: Falkirk Women – who will face a local derby with Stenhousemuir early in the League One season. Photo: Falkirk Women.

League One promises some more interesting local derbies. Falkirk women first face Stenhousemuir in round three on 28 August. The first Paisley derby of the season will see Gleniffer Thistle host St Mirren on 6 November, while Grampian Ladies face a North East derby against Westdyke on 26 February.

Above: Scottish Women Football CEO Aileen Campbell was full of anticipation today at the announcement of the competition’s fixtures for 2022/23. Photo: Colin Poultney/Scottish Womens Football.

Commenting on the new fixtures, SWF CEO Aileen Campbell said: “This season will be an exciting fresh start for our clubs, and both the new Championship and League One promise to be hard-fought competitive leagues between clubs from right across the country, culminating in prestigious trophies in their own right.

“As professionalism grows at the top of the game we are determined 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, with some tasty local derbies in the mix.”

The fixture card for the opening weekend of the season 2022/2023 on August 14 is:

Championship:

Renfrew vs Hutchison Vale

Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs  Rossvale

Greenock Morton vs Ayr United

Dryburgh Athletic vs Livingston

League One:

Edinburgh Caledonia vs FC Edinburgh Women

BSC Glasgow vs Westdyke

St Mirren vs Grampian Ladies

Airdrie Ladies vs Gleniffer Thistle

Giffnock SC Women vs Stenhousemuir

Dundee West vs Falkirk

Full fixtures are available on SWF website here: https://scotwomensfootball.com/fixtures-and-results/

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