Record-breaking prize for SPFL trophy as major format change announced

Only Scottish sides will take part in the SPFL Trust Trophy from 2024-25, it has been announced.

Record-breaking prize pot for SPFL trophy as non-Scottish clubs withdrawn SPFL

A record-breaking prize pot has been announced for next season’s SPFL Trust Trophy – among a major new format change to the competition.

The winners of next seasons SPFL Trust Trophy will net £100,000 as the top prize, as it was announced that the competition that will no longer involve teams from outside of Scotland.

It’s a big change to the competition which welcomed clubs from from both Northern Ireland and Wales to compete back in 2016.

Welsh teams Connah’s Quay Nomads and The New Saints both went on to reach the final in 2019 and 2024 respectively, with both coming out on the losing side.

Last season’s final at the Falkirk Stadium saw Airdrie beat TNS 2-1.

But from next season onwards, the competition will once again only contain Scottish clubs, and will welcome five Highland League clubs and six Lowland League clubs into the competition.

Adding to that, an estimated £790,000 in prize money will be shared with clubs for the 2024-25 SPFL Trust Trophy – in increase of 58 per cent on the previous competition.

The draw for the opening rounds of the SPFL Trust Trophy will take place in early July.

Neil Doncaster, group chief executive of the SPFL, said: “We’re really pleased to announce record prize money for the SPFL Trust Trophy next season.

“The SPFL Trust have been fantastic supporters of this important cup competition. Their investment, and the continuing generosity of James and Morag Anderson, is greatly appreciated.

“We have very much enjoyed the participation of cross-border teams, who have competed in six seasons of this competition since they first joined in Season 2016/17.

“However, their involvement does further complicate our already congested fixture schedule. Hence the SPFL Trust Trophy will revert to a Scottish-only competition next season.

“We are delighted to welcome five Highland League clubs and six Lowland League clubs into the SPFL Trust Trophy next season.”

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