The Scottish Football Association has announced that Hampden Park will host the semi-finals and final of the new women’s Scottish Cup.
The move marks the 150th anniversary of the national game and the 50th anniversary of the first-ever official Scotland vs England women’s match.
Hampden Park also hosts the final and semi-finals of the men’s game and the ambitious competition has been launched to provide a national cup for the new-look Scottish Women’s Premier League.
The SFA announced the plans on Wednesday and said discussions “will move at pace” with participating clubs, broadcast partners, and sponsors as “we enter a new, professional era for our domestic game”.
The governing body launched its bespoke women’s football strategy, Accelerate Our Game, in 2021, with the vision to harness the power of women’s football, by changing perceptions, and empowering people to inspire the nation, transform lives and build an inclusive, respected and successful game.
Hampden Park has already become the new home of the Scotland Women’s National Team.
Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive: “This has been a momentous week for women’s football across Europe due to the record-breaking success of the UEFA Women’s EUROS.
“My congratulations go to the Lionesses and the friends and colleagues at the English FA for the historic achievement.
“The power of football has no border, and we will be inspired by the achievements of the Lionesses, just as many girls and women in Scotland will have been inspired by the players on show throughout the tournament. I know this will also refocus the efforts of Pedro Martinez-Losa and his players to qualify for next year’s FIFA World Cup.
“The creation of a new national cup competition is another significant step forward for women’s football in Scotland and we look forward to working with clubs, broadcast and commercial partners to create something special 50 years on from the first-ever SWNT match and as we look forward to celebrating 150 years of our national game.
“I would like to thank SWF for their drive in helping to raise the standards of girls and women’s football and look forward to working collaboratively with SWF and the SWPL with the common aim of enabling every girl and woman in Scotland to access our national game and realise their dreams within it.”
Vivienne MacLaren, Chair of Scottish Women’s Football, said: “We all want the same thing – the progression of women’s football in Scotland.
“There have been some really positive steps taken across the game and it’s important we capitalise on the collective enthusiasm and momentum.
“We are proud to have played our part and will continue to do so, in partnership with the Scottish FA, SWPL, and anyone who has the best interests of the sport we all love at heart.”
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