SWPL matches 2022-23: Rangers start title defense against Glasgow Women | Soccer News

The 2022-23 Scottish Women’s Premier League season kicks off on Sunday August 7 as Rangers look to defend their maiden title.

Malky Thomson’s side will begin their title defense at home against newly-promoted Glasgow Women, while Glasgow City begin their bid to reclaim the trophy against Spartans at Petershill.

Rangers ended City’s 14-year hold on the Scottish Women’s Premier League last season, winning their maiden SWPL 1 title with one game to spare.

Dundee United, who won SWPL 2 last season, will start their top-flight campaign with a home game against Motherwell.

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Rangers Women manager Malky Thomson says last season’s disappointment propelled them to win this season’s SWPL title.

Two clubs were promoted from SWPL 2 at the end of last season and neither were relegated from SWPL 1 due to the extension of the league above 12 teams.

Elite women’s football in Scotland is now the responsibility of the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) having previously been led by Scottish Women’s Football (SWF).

The SPFL will also stage a new League Cup at the dawn of a new era for women’s football in Scotland.

Opening days calendar

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Rangers Arnot and Hayley Lauder of Glasgow City shake hands at full time during a SWPL match between Rangers and Glasgow City at Rangers Training Center on February 06, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland .  (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group)
Rangers ended Glasgow City’s grip on the title last season

Celtic versus Hibernian

Dundee United v Motherwell

Glasgow City v Spartans

Hamilton v Aberdeen

Heart of Midlothian vs. Partick Thistle

Rangers v Glasgow Women

Celtic women won the Scottish Cup last season
Celtic women won the Scottish Cup last season


Boroughmuir v Kilmarnock

Gartcairn v East Fife

Montrose v University of Stirling

St Johnstone versus Queens Park

Doncaster: The future is bright for women’s football

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SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster looks ahead to the new season, discusses the introduction of VAR, the growth of the Scottish Women’s Premier League and more.

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “There’s a lot to look forward to and part of that is indeed the women’s game.

“Next season, the top two divisions of the women’s league will fall under the jurisdiction of the SPFL and we are very happy about that.

“I think this is a hugely exciting development in the game in Scotland. We have seen the growth of women’s football around the world and we want to be part of it.

β€œIt has been driven largely by the clubs and we certainly hope that we can provide all the support we can to maximize the potential that undoubtedly exists in women’s football in Scotland.”

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