Premier Sports Cup

Viaplay Cup format 2023/24

Format
The group stage involves 40 clubs - the 37 SPFL clubs from 2022/23 who did not qualify for Europe plus Brechin City (Highland League champions), The Spartans (Lowland League champions) and Cowdenbeath, who were relegated from cinch League 2 in May 2022.

Teams are drawn into eight groups of five based on final league positions. As was the case last season, there is no regionalisation in the group stage.

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) head-to-head record, 7) 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 - Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen, Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian.

The seeded teams in the last 16 will be the five European representatives 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.

Viaplay Cup dates 2023/24

Group stage
MD1: Weekend of July 15/16
MD2: Midweek of July 18/19
MD3: Weekend of July 22/23
MD4: Midweek of July 25/26
MD5: Weekend of July 29/30

Second round
Weekend of August 19/20

Quarter-finals
Midweek of September 26-28

Semi-finals
Weekend of November 4/5

Final
Sunday December 17

Results

Premier Sports Cup

Sunday 17th December 2023

Premier Sports Cup

Sunday 5th November 2023

Premier Sports Cup

Saturday 4th November 2023

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Fixtures

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League Tables

Pos Team Pld Gd Pts
1 Celtic 33 54 78
2 Rangers 33 49 75
3 Heart of Midlothian 33 12 62
4 Kilmarnock 33 9 51
5 St. Mirren 33 -5 43
6 Dundee 33 -10 41
7 Hibernian 33 -7 39
8 Motherwell 33 -5 37
9 Aberdeen 33 -14 35
10 St. Johnstone 33 -22 31
11 Ross County 33 -24 30
12 Livingston 33 -37 18

Updated at 18/04/2024 at 12:00

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Pos Team Pld Gd Pts
1 Dundee United 33 46 68
2 Raith Rovers 33 10 62
3 Partick Thistle 33 8 51
4 Airdrieonians 33 6 51
5 Dunfermline Athletic 33 -5 42
6 Ayr United 33 -7 42
7 Greenock Morton 33 -2 41
8 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 33 0 38
9 Queen's Park 33 -13 36
10 Arbroath 33 -43 23

Updated at 19/04/2024 at 17:47

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Pos Team Pld Gd Pts
1 Falkirk 33 68 87
2 Hamilton Academical 33 40 65
3 Alloa Athletic 33 5 52
4 Montrose 33 -1 47
5 Cove Rangers 33 -4 46
6 Kelty Hearts 33 -10 43
7 Queen of the South 33 -8 37
8 Annan Athletic 33 -14 34
9 Stirling Albion 33 -21 34
10 Edinburgh City 33 -55 8

Updated at 17/04/2024 at 13:26

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Pos Team Pld Gd Pts
1 Stenhousemuir 33 21 66
2 Peterhead 33 18 55
3 Dumbarton 33 13 55
4 The Spartans 33 8 51
5 East Fife 33 2 44
6 Elgin City 33 -21 38
7 Forfar Athletic 33 -6 36
8 Bonnyrigg Rose 33 -4 35
9 Stranraer 33 -15 32
10 Clyde 33 -16 31

Updated at 17/04/2024 at 14:40

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