Exciting new challenge for Dryburgh Athletic Women


Scottish Women’s Football last week unveiled the new structure for their top leagues for the 2022/23 season.


With the SWPL 1 & 2 now being administered by the Scottish Professional Football League from next season, Scottish Womens Football top tier will become the Championship.


This new set up sees Dryburgh Athletic competing in the newly formed national SWF Championship.


This new Championship will be a competitive national league made up of eight teams - Ayr United, Dryburgh Athletic, Hutchison Vale WFC, Livingston WFC, Inverness Caledonian Thistle WFC, Morton WFC, Renfrew Ladies and Rossvale WFC.


The membership of which is determined by specific criteria, such as commitments to youth pathways and player wellbeing.


Along with the new Championship set up there will now be a new National League One which will be made up of 14 teams.


There will be no relegation from the Championship after the first season, with two teams promoted from League One to create a 10 team Championship for season 2034/24. 

Promotion from the Championship will also see sides enter SWPL 2.

The new criteria will require clubs to provide sanitary products at games and work to support the wellbeing of players.


Commenting, Scottish Women’s Football CEO Aileen Campbell said: “Women’s football in Scotland is growing and reaching every part of the country.

“Our new Championship will represent an exciting and competitive contest among eight teams from right across Scotland, culminating in a prestigious trophy in its own right. I’m delighted that participating clubs have shown a commitment to the wellbeing of their players – things like ensuring sanitary products are available at training facilities – and providing player pathways, to give girls opportunities to play at a grassroots level.

“League One will also be a fiercely competitive league, with the prize of two places in the Championship up for grabs. As professionalism grows at the top of the game we need 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.”


Dryburgh Athletic Chairman John Beatt commented “This is an exciting time for Scottish Womens Football and we are thrilled that Dryburgh Athletic are part of this.

On the back of a successful 2021/22 season, finishing 3rd in the Championship North and winning the SWF Championship Cup, we are looking forward to competing in the new national Champonship. 

This league will challenge our players and coaching staff, something that we are really excited about.”


Keep an eye out for the release of our fixtures for the new SWF Championship 2022/23 season. 

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