SLFL Fixtures For 2022/23

The Scottish Lowland Football League has today published the 2022/23 fixture list.

The new league season gets underway on July 23.

This season we welcome Cowdenbeath, Tranent and Hearts into the league. League chairperson, Thomas Brown, said: “We are very much looking forward to the start of season 2022/23, which will see us having three new clubs taking part.

“I’m sure fans will be treated to some exciting football throughout the season.

“I must thank our fixture secretary, Kenny McLean, for all his work in the recent weeks preparing the fixtures for us.

“I would also like to wish all our member clubs all the very best for the forthcoming season.”

Click the link below to download the fixtures.

The Scottish Lowland Football League Season 2022 23 Fixture List

Lowland League welcome SFA Pyramid review

Following positive and collaborative discussions between the board of the Scottish Lowland Football League, representatives from the Scottish FA and the Scottish Professional Football League, plus Celtic, Heart of Midlothian and Rangers, a revised proposition for season 2022/23 has been agreed. 

This proposition allows the three guest clubs to participate in the Lowland League for season 2022/23. In addition, the respective league bodies have agreed to participate in the Scottish FA’s pyramid working group discussions aimed at providing a longer-term solution to optimise the structure and aid the transition of talented players between the ages of 17 and 21.

Following a positive vote, the plan commits to the following:

  • Celtic, Heart of Midlothian and Rangers will join the Lowland League for season 2022/23, creating a 19-team league for one season only. This will result in a 36-game fixture calendar.
  • Guest clubs are required to field seven players eligible for Scotland national teams in the starting line-up.
  • Each guest club will provide funding to help develop the league and its clubs.
  • The Scottish FA will lead on a review of the pyramid structure, with recommendations proposed ahead of the 2023/24 season.

Ian Maxwell, Chief Executive Scottish FA: “We are delighted that the Lowland League clubs have approved the participation of three guest clubs for the forthcoming season. The Scottish FA supports the principle of elite player development and particularly providing opportunities for talented players in the key transition years from 17 to 21.

“The Scottish FA will oversee a discussion in parallel to propose and implement a long-term plan with the objectives of optimising the pyramid, which has been a resounding success in Scottish football, harnessing the player pathway and accelerating the development of the country’s most talented young players through the national youth teams to the full international stage.”

Thomas Brown, Chairman, Lowland League, said: “We were always open to the inclusion of guest clubs for a further season given the successful player development outcomes from last year’s pilot.  We want to be a modern and progressive league and we are excited to be playing our part in the eco system that develops Scotland’s talent.

“Importantly we now look forward to working with the Scottish FA, the SPFL and our friends in the pyramid to create some new solutions to some existing challenges which will provide a bright future at all levels of our game.”

Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive, SPFL, said: “It is hugely encouraging to see such a joined-up and collaborative approach being adopted in such a vital area of our game.

“There are few more exciting things in football than watching the development of home-grown talent and it’s extremely encouraging that the Lowland League has agreed to assist our clubs on a temporary basis for Season 2022/23.

“The SPFL will commit our energies to a process that will explore options and, hopefully, allow us to move forward various aspects of our game for the benefit of our 42 member clubs and Scottish football as a whole.”

Member clubs canvassed on guest club applicants

The Scottish Lowland Football League board has canvassed the opinions of member clubs over the three guest clubs seeking inclusion in next season’s Lowland League. 

Last month, a majority of 11-4 indicated a preference for the continued involvement of guest clubs, having taken two weeks to weigh up and debate a presentation on the topic.

A formal application process was subsequently opened, with three clubs confirming their interest and intent in joining the league.

Cleary, the inclusion of three guest clubs would require the current format of the Lowland League to be altered, so the board has entered into a period of consultation with member clubs to gauge the collective appetite for such a move – while talks with other key stakeholders would, naturally, follow before any conclusion could be reached.

Whatever the outcome, guest clubs will not be eligible for promotion. Nor will they hamper the ability of clubs to be promoted to or relegated from the Lowland League.


Scottish Lowland Football League enters new partnership with FC United To Prevent Suicide

The Scottish Lowland Football League is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with FC United To Prevent Suicide (FC United).

The move will see the naming rights of our League Cup competition gifted to a movement that is made up of people from all across Scotland, who are united in a shared belief that each and every one of us has a role to play in preventing suicide. The trophy will now be named The FC United To Prevent Suicide Lowland League Cup.

Since its inception, the FC United campaign has generated widespread support throughout the Scottish football community and further afield – backed by high-profile ambassadors and filmed conversations with those with direct experience of suicide and loss in their lives.

Our own Chris Ewing – chairman of Caledonian Braves and Lowland League board member – was courageous enough to contribute a first-person written piece on his own mental health struggles over the years.

It’s hoped that the Lowland League’s backing can further strengthen a campaign that has made a real impact and will continue to do so.

Lowland League chairman Thomas Brown said: “When we say we want to make an impact in our community, it’s not just a case of throwing around a cliché.

“We are focused on doing whatever we can to help the FC United To Prevent Suicide campaign, and the gifting of naming rights for the League Cup is a statement of intent.

“Since the campaign’s launch we have been in talks with those behind it, as it’s a cause I think we can all get behind and relate to. We wanted to support in any way we can, and this is the first step in that process.

“On a personal level, I read the account of Chris Ewing’s mental health journey for FC United and was inspired by his honesty and determination to help others.

“Whatever they need from us, we are here to assist and there will be more to come in the weeks ahead leading up to the Cup Final.”

In 2020, the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG) launched the United To Prevent Suicide social movement with the goal of making Scotland the most supportive country on earth. Its aim was to break the stigma around the word ‘suicide’ and get people across the country to pledge their support.

Although an initial success, young men in particular were not engaging.

FC United was created, in part, to target a demographic deemed to be most at risk – harnessing the power of football to spread the simple, important message that we need to Talk, Listen and Save Lives.

Kirstie Cusick, Social Movement Development Manager at United To Prevent Suicide, added: “We welcome the gesture from the board at the Lowland League to offer the naming rights to their League Cup, and additional support beyond that.

“They were quick to offer their support to the campaign from the off, and we’re excited to develop that partnership.”

Application process for Guest Clubs

We are delighted to announce that clubs who wish to be considered to be a Guest Club for season 2022/23 can now submit an expression of interest form. 

Following a recent vote of member clubs the League has vacancies for Guest Clubs for next season. 

Any club from the SPFL who is interested in being part of the League should email to receive the criteria, league rules and an expression of interest form.

A further announcement about the inclusion of Guest Clubs for next season will be made in due course. 


Votes cast on guest club participation

The member clubs of the Scottish Lowland Football League tonight voted on the potential inclusion of guest clubs for season 2022/23. 

A comfortable majority of 11-4 indicated a preference for their involvement, having taken two weeks to weigh up a presentation on the topic.

While conscious it is, understandably, a divisive and emotive subject, the overriding feeling is their presence has been of benefit in a commercial sense while there are promising early indications of young, emerging Scottish talents benefiting from early exposure to senior football in a competitive environment.

It is important to note that guest clubs will not be eligible for promotion. Nor will they hamper the ability of clubs to be promoted to or relegated from the Lowland League.

This has been a democratic process, with conversation and debate encouraged before any outcome was established.

The board of the SLFL, and member clubs, remain committed to making a positive impact within our communities and Scottish football as a whole, and will maintain an open mind to any initiatives that support those aims.

Bonnyrigg Rose are declared SLFL Champions

The Scottish Football Lowland League board would like to congratulate Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic after they secured the league title with their win over Cumbernauld Colts earlier tonight.

Robbie Horn’s side have enjoyed an impressive campaign and will go into the Pyramid Play-off with no shortage of confidence.

Lowland League chairman Thomas Brown paid tribute to their efforts and said: “On behalf of the Lowland League board, I’d like to pass on my congratulations to Robbie Horn, his players and everyone involved with Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic.

“They’ve been consistently good all season and are a great advert for the game at this level.

“It was a pleasure to be at New Dundas Park to see them get over the line first-hand, and it was a reminder of why we’re all so passionate about the game that we love – especially after two difficult years when so much has been disrupted.

“We’re all now looking forward to seeing how The Rose fare in the play-offs, and we wish them well for what are bound to be two keenly-contested games when the time comes.”

Scottish Lowland League clubs vote to return to five substitutes

Scottish Lowland League clubs have voted to return to using five substitutes and this has been approved by the SFA.

The change will take effect in time for this weekend’s games.

The use of five substitutes is already in place in other leagues within the pyramid.

A SLFL spokesperson said: “FIFA has allowed each league to determine its own rules regarding substitutes since the Covid-19 pandemic began.”