New season in Scotland

The new Scottish Women’s Premier League season gets under way this weekend, with a full house of fixtures to look forward to.

Glasgow City go into the campaign as reigning champions, having beaten Hibernian to the title by eight points. Glasgow were just one game short of winning every single match last year – a 3-0 defeat at home to Spartans was the only time they failed to pick up the three points available to them throughout the entire season.

The top two in SWPL1 were head and shoulders above the rest of the field last year. Third-placed Celtic finished some 13 points behind Hibs, ahead of Stirling University, Rangers, Spartans and Aberdeen. Forfar Farmington finished bottom of the table and were relegated to SWPL2 after having picked up just six points from 21 games.

Hamilton Academicals are joining the top flight this time around thanks to picking up the SWPL2 title last year. They finished just two points above both Hearts and Glasgow Girls. There was then an 18-point gap back to Hutchison Vale in fourth place, and behind them were Jeanfield Swifts, Buchan, Queens Park and Inverness City, the latter two of whom were relegated.

Taking their places in SWPL2 this season are the SWPL Division One North and South champions, East Fife and Motherwell.

This weekend’s SWPL1 fixtures are:

  • Aberdeen v Spartans
  • Glasgow City v Stirling University
  • Hamilton Celtic
  • Rangers v Hibernian

…and in SWPL2:

  • Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale v Glasgow Girls
  • Forfar Farmington v East Fife
  • Hearts v Buchan
  • Motherwell v Jeanfield Swifts
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