Premier Sports Cup
The group stage involves 40 clubs - the 37 SPFL clubs from 2021/22 who did not qualify for Europe plus Fraserburgh (Highland League champions), Buckie Thistle (Highland League runners-up) and Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic (Lowland League champions).
Teams are drawn into eight groups of five based on last season's final league positions. There are five seeding pots but no regionalisation this season after six years of the north/south split.
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.
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, Heart of Midlothian, Dundee United and Motherwell.
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.
Premier Sports Cup dates 2022/23
MD1: Weekend of July 9/10, 2022
MD2: Midweek of July 12/13, 2022
MD3: Weekend of July 16/17, 2022
MD4: Midweek of July 19/20, 2022
MD5: Weekend of July 23/24, 2022
Midweek of August 30/31, 2022
Midweek of October 18-20, 2022
Weekend of January 14/15, 2023
Sunday February 26, 2023