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SPFL U20 League

SPFL U20 League
Country Scotland
Founded 1998 (as Scottish Premier under-18 League)
Divisions 1
Number of teams 16
Levels on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Scottish Youth Cup
Current champions Celtic under-20s
(2012–13)
Current Season

The SPFL Under-20 League is the top level of youth football in Scotland. It is contested by the Under-20 teams of 16 Scottish Professional Football League clubs.

History

The league was founded as the Scottish Premier under-18 League in 1998. Clubs fielded Under-18 teams, with the Scottish Premier Reserve League originally being an under-21 league. The competition was changed in 2003 when it became the Scottish Premier under-19 League, at the same time as the under-21 league became the Reserve League. The teams played 22 matches rather than 30.

For the 2012-13 season, the competition changed again, this time to the under-20 league, there were 15 teams, and teams played 28 matches per season.[1] With the inception of the Scottish Professional Football League, the number of teams increased to 16 for the 2013-14 season.[2]

Current participants

The participants for the 2013–14 season in the Under-20 League are:

Team Coach(es) Ground(s)
Aberdeen under-20s Neil Cooper Balmoor Stadium, Peterhead
Celtic under-20s John Kennedy Firhill Stadium, Glasgow
Dundee United under-20s Stevie Campbell University of St Andrews sports centre
Dunfermline Athletic under-20s Hamish French East End Park, Dunfermline
Falkirk under-20s TBA Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk
Hamilton Academical under-20s Allan McGonigal New Douglas Park, Hamilton
Heart of Midlothian under-20s Darren Murray New Victoria Park, Newtongrange
Hibernian under-20s James McDonaugh Energy Assets Arena, Livingston
Inverness CT under-20s Duncan Shearer Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Kilmarnock under-20s Alan Robertson Kilwinning Sports Centre
Motherwell under-20s Jonatan Johansson Fir Park, Motherwell
Partick Thistle under-20s Scott MacKenzie Firhill Stadium, Glasgow
Rangers under-20s Gordon Durie
Ross County under-20s Barry Smith Grant Street Park, Inverness
St. Johnstone under-20s Alec Cleland Westview Park, Kirriemuir
St. Mirren under-20s David Longwell St. Mirren Park, Paisley

Source: Scottish Premier under-20 League – General information

Winners

Under-18 League

Season Winner
1998–99 Aberdeen under-18s
1999–00 Celtic under-18s
2000–01 Heart of Midlothian under-18s
2001–02 Rangers under-18s
2002–03 Celtic under-18s
2003–04 Celtic under-18s

Under-19 League

Season Winner
2003–04 Celtic under-19s
2004–05 Celtic under-19s
2005–06 Celtic under-19s
2006–07 Rangers under-19s
2007–08 Rangers under-19s
2008–09 Hibernian under-19s
2009–10 Celtic under-19s
2010–11 Celtic under-19s
2011–12 Celtic under-19s

Under-20 League

Season Winner
2012–13 Celtic under-20s

References

External links

  • League fixtures
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