Scottish Cup set to resume along with Leagues 1 and 2 - fixtures to follow

Fergie11

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Scottish Women’s Premier League 1, SPFL League One and Two and Scottish Cup to return

The Scottish FA welcomes news from the First Minister that Scottish Women’s Premier League 1 and SPFL League One and Two can return to football activity immediately.

The parameters under which that return is allowed follows discussions between the Scottish FA and representatives of each league and based on the current SPFL Premiership and Championship Joint Response Group Protocols, including a requirement to undertake PCR testing once per week.

Scottish Women’s Football Premier League 2, Highland League, Lowland League, East, West & South of Scotland Leagues, Scottish Junior FA Leagues and the North Caledonian League all remain under temporary suspension and their return to football activity will be reviewed in line with the Scottish Government’s road map out of the COVID-19 crisis.

We will continue to liaise with representatives of those leagues in the coming weeks to establish appropriate return to football protocols.

The Scottish Cup has also been given approval to resume, with all clubs in the competition given permission to participate subject to compliance with PCR testing requirements. Revised Scottish Cup fixture dates will be announced as soon as possible.

The SPFL and SWF will also update on the respective league fixture schedules in due course.

Rod Petrie, Scottish FA President: “We are pleased that the First Minister has again recognised the importance of football in Scotland. The decision to temporarily suspend parts of the professional game played by predominantly part-time teams was not an easy one to take. None the less, given the sharp rise in infection rates caused by new strains of the virus at the start of the year, it was the right thing to do to assist the national effort to reduce its prevalence during lockdown.

“The preparatory work undertaken with representatives of affected leagues and their commitment to the inclusion of weekly PCR testing, has given ministers the confidence to permit the return of SWPL 1 and SPFL League One and Two.

“While we are pleased to see the return of these leagues, there remain significant numbers unable to return to play, including the remaining levels of the professional pyramid, elite youth football, club youth football and our amateur and grassroots clubs across both the male and female game.

“We are acutely aware of the desire within those levels of football to return to playing football and we will continue to work with the Scottish Government to ensure they are able to as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Mairi Gougeon, Minister for Public Health and Sport: “We are aware of the importance of football, at all levels, to many people in Scotland and I’m happy that we have been able to work closely with the Scottish FA to allow the resumption of some further football activity – starting with SPFL Leagues 1 and 2, SWPL1 and clubs still in this season’s Scottish Cup.

“This could only happen alongside enhanced measures to keep everyone safe, including mandatory weekly COVID PCR tests for all players and staff. “We continue to discuss with the Scottish FA and other stakeholders to ensure football at all levels can resume as soon as it is safe to do so.”

ENDS
 

rossgers

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Are Cove Rangers Highland league? So they can play us in the cup after 2 months off, but that's it?
 

Mexi

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Funny that the announcement was delayed until the afternoon the Salmond legal advice was published. If i were a cynic...
And Kate Forbes has publically asked Rishi Sunak to extend the extra Universal Credit cash - which he's doing anyway

See, they really do care about us. Ignore that bitter Mr Salmond, Mammy care for us. Only Mammy
 

johnkp

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Looks like the domestic double is on


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Scottish Women’s Premier League 1, SPFL League One and Two and Scottish Cup to return

The Scottish FA welcomes news from the First Minister that Scottish Women’s Premier League 1 and SPFL League One and Two can return to football activity immediately.

The parameters under which that return is allowed follows discussions between the Scottish FA and representatives of each league and based on the current SPFL Premiership and Championship Joint Response Group Protocols, including a requirement to undertake PCR testing once per week.

Scottish Women’s Football Premier League 2, Highland League, Lowland League, East, West & South of Scotland Leagues, Scottish Junior FA Leagues and the North Caledonian League all remain under temporary suspension and their return to football activity will be reviewed in line with the Scottish Government’s road map out of the COVID-19 crisis.

We will continue to liaise with representatives of those leagues in the coming weeks to establish appropriate return to football protocols.

The Scottish Cup has also been given approval to resume, with all clubs in the competition given permission to participate subject to compliance with PCR testing requirements. Revised Scottish Cup fixture dates will be announced as soon as possible.

The SPFL and SWF will also update on the respective league fixture schedules in due course.

Rod Petrie, Scottish FA President: “We are pleased that the First Minister has again recognised the importance of football in Scotland. The decision to temporarily suspend parts of the professional game played by predominantly part-time teams was not an easy one to take. None the less, given the sharp rise in infection rates caused by new strains of the virus at the start of the year, it was the right thing to do to assist the national effort to reduce its prevalence during lockdown.

“The preparatory work undertaken with representatives of affected leagues and their commitment to the inclusion of weekly PCR testing, has given ministers the confidence to permit the return of SWPL 1 and SPFL League One and Two.

“While we are pleased to see the return of these leagues, there remain significant numbers unable to return to play, including the remaining levels of the professional pyramid, elite youth football, club youth football and our amateur and grassroots clubs across both the male and female game.

“We are acutely aware of the desire within those levels of football to return to playing football and we will continue to work with the Scottish Government to ensure they are able to as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Mairi Gougeon, Minister for Public Health and Sport: “We are aware of the importance of football, at all levels, to many people in Scotland and I’m happy that we have been able to work closely with the Scottish FA to allow the resumption of some further football activity – starting with SPFL Leagues 1 and 2, SWPL1 and clubs still in this season’s Scottish Cup.

“This could only happen alongside enhanced measures to keep everyone safe, including mandatory weekly COVID PCR tests for all players and staff. “We continue to discuss with the Scottish FA and other stakeholders to ensure football at all levels can resume as soon as it is safe to do so.”

ENDS
Good news, especially for the Scottish cup.
 

rangeral

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I take it the schedule isn’t out. I’ve booked flights for last game of the season but I’m now expecting that to be brought forward for the cup
Correct nothing yet since only given the go ahead earlier but they may have working on something?

Hopefully within the next week
 

bearsmarsbars

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Correct nothing yet since only given the go ahead earlier but they may have working on something?

Hopefully within the next week

Reckon a 27 game league is doable in leagues 1 & 2? Doesn't seem feasible with the amount of time left to complete the season.
 

rangeral

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Reckon a 27 game league is doable in leagues 1 & 2? Doesn't seem feasible with the amount of time left to complete the season.
Doubt it play out a 18 game season, sure some clubs might not be happy but looking at late March start?
 
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bkerr72

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23rd March for the 2nd round games which is an international break meaning our game with Cove could be scheduled for 3rd or 4th April. If we get past Slavia then quarter finals are player 8th and 15th April so 4th round maybe the weekend of the 10th/11t?. Then after that probably be midweeks because the 1st game in the split is 17th April. Could end up a hectic schedule for us towards the end of the season
 

Crouchy

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23rd March for the 2nd round games which is an international break meaning our game with Cove could be scheduled for 3rd or 4th April. If we get past Slavia then quarter finals are player 8th and 15th April so 4th round maybe the weekend of the 10th/11t?. Then after that probably be midweeks because the 1st game in the split is 17th April. Could end up a hectic schedule for us towards the end of the season

Im guessing Cove have a league game over the international break?

If not, we should just play them then. We could easily field a team without our international players.
 

bkerr72

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Im guessing Cove have a league game over the international break?

If not, we should just play them then. We could easily field a team without our international players.
Don't know what the league schedule is for them don't think it's been decided as to whether they will play an 18 or 27 game season. Think we would struggle to put a team out in all honesty with the players we would be missing.
 

bkerr72

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Im guessing Cove have a league game over the international break?

If not, we should just play them then. We could easily field a team without our international players.
Looking at cup draw 3 league one sides are in the 3rd round Cove, East Fife and Forfar. 6 league one sides still to play round 2 and then Airdrie are only league one side that's been put out so potentially they will have a league game that weekend.
 

Coatbridge Chancellor

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Now that despicable bàstard Jackson saying the leagues might not start after all. He's addicted to the crisis narrative, wish he would just do us all a favour and [redacted].
 

Mac72

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If we go past Prague we will have such a packed fixture list. I mean thank god the league will be done by then but it will make remaining unbeaten a lot harder.
 
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