Scottish News Round-Up


Above: Rossvale celebrate a goal this season. They will be all out to make the SWF League Cup Final this weekend. Photo: Kelly Nielson.

SWF League Cup Semi-Final News & Final Venue:

The final of the SWF Championship and League One Cup will take place in Clackmannanshire in the heart of Scotland on the 11th December 2022.

Kicking off at 2pm after the Sky Sports SWPL Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian, the game at The Indodrill Stadium in Alloa will be live streamed by Scottish Women’s Football, offering fans of women’s football a great opportunity to watch a double bill of exciting finals.

The semi-finals of the cup are taking place this Sunday (13th November) and will see either Glasgow club Rossvale, featuring Impetus sponsored Lauren Coleman or Dundee’s Dryburgh Athletic take a place in the final.

In the second matchup, either Ayr United or FC Edinburgh will claim the other final place. Both ties will take place at Airdrieonians FC’s Excelsior Stadium.

Above: Alloa Athletic’s Indodrill Stadium, the venue for the SWPL and SWF Championship & League One Cup Finals this season. Photo: Geoff Jackson.

Speaking about the venue for the match, Scottish Women’s Football CEO Aileen Campbell said: “I’m delighted we are bringing a major national final to Clackmannanshire, offering girls across the ‘Wee County’ the opportunity to take in top competitive action. And for the first time, Women’s Football fans across Scotland will be able to watch a double bill of cup finals, with Sky Sports broadcasting the SWPL Cup final then fans can tune into what will be a fiercely competitive Championship and League One final.

“Of course, we have the small matter of two exciting semi-finals in Airdrie to come this weekend. There is still a chance to get tickets for those matches at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie on Sunday for just £6 for adults and £2 for children. I wish all four teams luck, and may the best of them reach the final in a month’s time.”

Tickets for the semi-finals are available via Airdieonians here:

Two UEFA Champions League Places For SWPL

Above: Rangers celebrate a goal against Benfica in their UEFA Champions League First Round match this season at Ibrox. Photo: SWPL.

Scotland looks set to have two teams feature within the 2023/24 UEFA Women’s Champions League based on the provisional access list provided by UEFA.

Scotland is currently ranked 13th in the coefficient. This means the SWPL champions will enter the Champions Path and the SWPL runners-up will enter the League Path, both at Round One.

SWPL Managing Director, Fiona McIntyre, said: “This is positive news for the SWPL and the whole of the girls and women’s game. This will provide a valuable opportunity for two SWPL teams to compete at the highest level of European football.

Both Rangers and Glasgow City competed in this year’s competition. Glasgow City entered the League Path and hosted Paris FC, Servette, and AS Roma at Petershill Park in Round One. Despite a competitive showing, City were defeated 3-1 by AS Roma to end their journey in the competition.

Above: Glasgow City (sky blue) taking on Swiss side Servette in the UEFA Champions League First Round this season. Photo: SWPL.

Rangers managed to successfully navigate through Round One of Champions Path in Greece before meeting Benfica in Round 2. A 1-0 win in the second leg in Portugal took the game to extra-time where Benfica prevailed 5-3 on aggregate.

“Both Glasgow City and Rangers were exemplary representatives of Scotland, and the SWPL, in this year’s UEFA Women’s Champions League competition” added Fiona. “I know both were disappointed not to reach the Group Stage (last 16) and I’m sure both clubs, amongst a number of other SWPL sides, will be desperate for the opportunity to compete again next season in Europe’s premier competition.”

The final day of the 2022/23 SWPL season is 21st May and SWPL teams will start their 2023/24 UEFA Women’s Champions League journey on 6th September 2023.

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