WPL clubs to be invited to join SPFL after majority vote to leave SWF

Scotland’s top women’s teams have agreed to join the SPFL this summer.

A majority of the 17 SWPL clubs voted in favour of leaving the Scottish Women’s Football (SWF) to come under the responsibility of the organisation that runs the men’s senior club game.

The SPFL plans to maintain two women’s divisions and run a women’s League Cup.

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster praised the clubs’ “ambition to drive up standards, take the game to the next level and increase participation”.

He added: “It is clear to see the many benefits that increased professionalism has brought to women’s football across the world.

“We believe we are well-placed to add significant value to the game in Scotland in both a sporting and commercial sense.”

"SWF is committed to driving the women's and girls' game in Scotland. We are therefore determined to do everything we can to support the elite game as it transitions to the SPFL."

Scottish Women's Football chief executive Aileen Campbell

Rangers are currently top of the 10-team SWPL1 while Dundee United lead the seven-team second tier.

Hamilton Academical, currently bottom of SWPL1, released a statement confirming their switch to the SPFL, describing it as “the best way forward” for the women’s game.

They added: “It is of vital importance that the correct people, with the in-depth expertise, lead the top tiers of women’s football as we enter the professional era”.

Original article published 15.02.2022 on the BBC Sport website

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