Premier Sports Cup

Premier Sports Cup format 2021/22

Format
The group stage involves 40 clubs - the 37 SPFL clubs from 2020/21 who did not qualify for Europe plus Brora Rangers (Highland League champions), Kelty Hearts (Lowland League champions) and East Kilbride (Lowland League runners-up).

Teams are drawn into eight groups of five - split into four north groups and four south groups. Each group contains one seeded club, one second seed and three unseeded clubs.

Group matches
Clubs are awarded the usual three points for a win but all drawn games in the group stage go straight to penalties - the shoot-out winners receive a bonus point. ie three points for a win, two points for a shoot-out win and one point for losing on penalties.

If clubs are level on points at the end of the group stage, the criteria for separating them is 1) goal difference, 2) goals scored, 3) away goals scored, 4) matches won, 5) away matches won, 6) drawing of lots.

Knock-out rounds
The eight group winners and three best runners-up progress to the second round, where they are joined by the five clubs competing in European competitions - Rangers, Celtic, Hibernian, Aberdeen and St Johnstone, who are also the cup holders.

The seeded teams in the last 16 will be the five European entrants and the three group winners with the best records.

The tournament reverts to a traditional knock-out format from the second round onwards, with ties decided by extra time and penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes.

Premier Sports Cup 2021/22 dates

Group stage
MD1: Weekend of July 10/11
MD2: Midweek of July 13/14
MD3: Weekend of July 17/18
MD4: Midweek of July 20/21
MD5: Weekend of July 24/25

Second round
Weekend of August 14/15

Quarter-finals
Midweek of September 21-23

Semi-finals
Weekend of November 20/21

Final
Sunday December 19

Results

Premier Sports Cup

Thursday 23rd September 2021

Premier Sports Cup

Thursday 23rd September 2021

Premier Sports Cup

Wednesday 22nd September 2021

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Fixtures

Premier Sports Cup

Saturday 20th November 2021

17:15
Celtic v St. Johnstone

Premier Sports Cup

Sunday 21st November 2021

16:00
Rangers v Hibernian
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League Tables

Pos Team Pld Gd Pts
1 Rangers 10 9 23
2 Heart of Midlothian 10 9 20
3 Dundee United 10 4 20
4 Celtic 10 17 19
5 Hibernian 10 2 15
6 Motherwell 10 -1 14
7 St. Mirren 10 -5 13
8 Aberdeen 10 -2 11
9 Livingston 10 -6 10
10 St. Johnstone 10 -5 9
11 Dundee 10 -10 7
12 Ross County 10 -12 3

Updated at 24/10/2021 at 12:45

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Pos Team Pld Gd Pts
1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 10 8 23
2 Kilmarnock 10 6 20
3 Raith Rovers 10 5 18
4 Partick Thistle 10 9 16
5 Arbroath 10 9 16
6 Ayr United 10 -4 12
7 Queen of the South 10 -4 10
8 Hamilton Academical 10 -13 8
9 Morton 10 -7 7
10 Dunfermline Athletic 10 -9 6

Updated at 23/10/2021 at 16:37

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Pos Team Pld Gd Pts
1 Queen's Park 11 10 21
2 Cove Rangers 11 7 20
3 Airdrieonians 11 5 20
4 Montrose 11 11 19
5 Falkirk 11 -1 15
6 Dumbarton 11 -4 14
7 Peterhead 11 2 13
8 Alloa Athletic 11 -2 12
9 Clyde 11 -12 11
10 East Fife 11 -16 7

Updated at 24/10/2021 at 15:36

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Pos Team Pld Gd Pts
1 Kelty Hearts 10 14 26
2 Stirling Albion 10 8 20
3 Forfar Athletic 10 7 17
4 Annan Athletic 10 2 15
5 Edinburgh City 10 0 14
6 Stranraer 10 -4 12
7 Albion Rovers 10 -6 10
8 Stenhousemuir 10 -5 9
9 Elgin City 10 -6 9
10 Cowdenbeath 10 -10 6

Updated at 15/10/2021 at 21:29

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