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https://spfl.co.uk/news/article/spfl-reserve-league-201819/

 

The SPFL is pleased to confirm that it will operate Reserves Leagues for season 2018/19, comprising 27 clubs across two divisions.

The Reserve Leagues, which replace the Development Leagues, have been introduced following discussions at the Competitions Working Group over the last 18 months. 

The Competitions Working Group, which is attended by Malky Mackay (Scottish FA Performance Director), representatives from all four SPFL Divisions and was previously chaired by Ian Maxwell, was of the view that it would benefit the development of young players if they were playing alongside more experienced players on a more regular basis.  

As such, there are no age restrictions with regard to participation in the Reserve Leagues (other than a minimum age of 16).

These changes complement recent amendments to loan regulations which provide, generally, that any player loaned out by an SPFL club is eligible to return and play in non-first team football for the lending club. 

The first division of the Reserve League comprises 18 clubs, who will play each other once for a total of 17 matches across the season. Fixtures will usually be scheduled for Monday afternoons.

Reserve League 2 is made up of nine clubs, who will play each other once at home and once away for a total of 16 matches across the season. Fixtures will take place in midweek evenings.

Divisional Reserve League Cups will be played to provide additional games during the season, with the format mirroring the Betfred Cup in that any drawn group games will proceed to penalties with an additional bonus point available. Further details on the cup competitions will be confirmed in due course.

It is anticipated that Reserve League fixtures will be published later this week. The first division of the Reserve League is scheduled to start on Monday August 20, with Reserve League 2 kicking off the following midweek.


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Participating clubs

Reserve League 
Aberdeen
Celtic
Dundee
Dundee United
Dunfermline Athletic
Falkirk
Hamilton Academical
Heart of Midlothian
Hibernian
Kilmarnock
Morton
Motherwell
Partick Thistle 
Queen of the South 
Rangers
Ross County
St Johnstone
St Mirren

Reserve League 2 
Airdrieonians
Albion Rovers
Ayr United
Berwick Rangers
East Kilbride
Livingston
Queen’s Park
Raith Rovers
Stirling Albion


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So lads, we've got 27 teams interested in this concept. What do you reckon - 3 leagues of 9 (2 up , 2 down), 1 league of 13 and another of 14 (3 up, 3 down)?

Nah, let's do one league of 18 and the other of 9 and not worry about promotion and relegation for a bit. Besides the "keeping up fitness levels" angle, that should introduce some healthy competitiveness and keep it interesting for everyone.

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2 hours ago, DougJamie said:

So in other words- The Development League didn't work- Another SFA Success Story

Lucky if we get to the 2062 Euros at this rate

We’ll be hugely lucky to make the 2062 Euros, as will all other countries as it isn’t being played in that year.:rolleyes:

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5 minutes ago, Cornwall_Saint said:

2 Goals, 2 Assists. Do we dare start him against Livi?

Well, it looks as though there's a player there, albeit United were apparently garbage. 2 goals and 2 assists is a very decent return.

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1 minute ago, Drew said:

Well, it looks as though there's a player there, albeit United were apparently garbage. 2 goals and 2 assists is a very decent return.

Can only beat what's in front of you I guess. Certainly an improvement on the performances v Spartans. Done his chances no harm with today's efforts. Hopefully this gives him the confidence needed to get going with us.

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9 minutes ago, Cornwall_Saint said:

Can only beat what's in front of you I guess. Certainly an improvement on the performances v Spartans. Done his chances no harm with today's efforts. Hopefully this gives him the confidence needed to get going with us.

Couldn't agree more.

This is where we really see the benefit of the reserve league (and, to a degree, the diddy colt nonsense).

I really hope he can kick on and will feature in the 1st team soon.

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1 minute ago, Drew said:

Couldn't agree more.

This is where we really see the benefit of the reserve league (and, to a degree, the diddy colt nonsense).

I really hope he can kick on and will feature in the 1st team soon.

Never understood why they done away with it. I remember Gus being upset about it, while McGhee(?) at Aberdeen (?) didn't want a reserve team. They should have made it optional back then as it was clear there were differing views. I also think the better youngsters could learn more playing against adults most weeks and it could help to toughen them up quicker.

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2018-2019 RESERVE FIXTURES

The fixture list for the reserves is shown below. We will update this list as soon as any kick off dates or times change and as and when new cup fixtures are added to the calendar. Note that development league matches can change at very short notice and venues are not necessarily at the usual home stadium of the nominated host club.
 
14-Aug-2018 Kilmarnock A 2-1 IRN-BRU Cup Rugby Park 
20-Aug-2018 Dundee United H 5-0  Reserve League Simple Digital Arena 
27-Aug-2018 Rangers A   Reserve League Hummel Training Centre 
03-Sep-2018 St Johnstone H   Reserve League Simple Digital Arena 
08-Sep-2018 Hamilton H   IRN-BRU Cup Simple Digital Arena 
24-Sep-2018 Partick Thistle A   Reserve League Lesser Hampden 
29-Oct-2018 Hamilton H   Reserve League  Simple Digital Arena
03-Dec-2018 Queen of the South A   Reserve League Palmerston Park 
17-Dec-2018 Morton H   Reserve League Simple Digital Arena 
28-Jan-2019 Dunfermline Athletic A   Reserve League New Central Park 
11-Feb-2019 Kilmarnock H   Reserve League  Simple Digital Arena
18-Feb-2019 Falkirk A   Reserve League  Falkirk Stadium
04-Mar-2019 Hibernian H   Reserve League Simple Digital Arena 
11-Mar-2019 Aberdeen A   Reserve League  Balmoral Stadium
18-Mar-2019 Celtic H   Reserve League  Simple Digital Arena
25-Mar-2019 Motherwell H   Reserve League Simple Digital Arena 
08-Apr-2019 Dundee A   Reserve League Links Park 
15-Apr-2019 Ross County H   Reserve League Simple Digital Arena 
22-Apr-2019 Hearts A   Reserve League  Oriam

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