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SPFL Development League

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Country  Scotland
Level on pyramid  1
Current champions  Celtic (2015–16)
Current champion  Celtic F.C.
Domestic cup  Scottish Youth Cup
Divisions  1
Relegation to  N/A
Number of teams  17
Founded  1998
Levels on pyramid  1
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The SPFL Development League is the top level of youth football in Scotland. It is contested by the Under-20 teams of 17 Scottish Professional Football League clubs.


The current champions are Celtic.


A youth league was founded as the Scottish Premier under-18 League in 1998. Clubs fielded under-18 teams, with the Scottish Premier Reserve League originally being an under-21 league. The competition was changed in 2003 when it became the Scottish Premier under-19 League. The teams played 22 matches rather than 30.

For the 2012–13 season, the competition changed again, this time to the Scottish Premier under-20 league, there were 15 teams, and teams played 28 matches per season. With the inception of the Scottish Professional Football League for the 2013–14 season, the league become the SPFL U20 League and the number of teams increased to 16. Teams were allowed to field two over-age outfield players and an overage goalkeeper.

The league was renamed the SPFL Development League in 2014, with the number of teams increased to 17. At this time two regional leagues were also introduced, with eight clubs competing in the Development League West and nine clubs competing in the Development League East. The restriction on over-age players was relaxed, with teams now permitted to use five older players in a matchday squad of 18.

European competition

From 2015 onwards, the UEFA Youth League provides a qualification route for domestic youth champions, in addition to clubs who senior team reaches the UEFA Champions League group stage. As the age group for the Development League is older than that of the UEFA Group League, Scotland's representative will be the winner of the Under-17 league, which plays competitive fixtures however does not reveal the results and tables publicly to minimise the scrutiny on the young players. In both 2014-15 and 2015-16, the winners of the Under-17 league were Celtic.

Current participants

The participants for the 2015–16 SPFL Development League season are:

Source: SPFL Development League 2014/15 fixtures


SPFL Development League Wikipedia

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