2021–22 Scottish Challenge Cup

The 2021–22 Scottish Challenge Cup known as the SPFL Trust Trophy due to sponsorship reasons,[1] is the 30th season of the competition. The total number of participating clubs is 50, down from 58, with only Scottish clubs competing due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland. The competition will begin on 10 August 2021 with the First Round and end on 2 or 3 April 2022 with the final at a yet to be chosen neutral venue.

2021–22 Scottish Challenge Cup
Country Scotland
Dates10 August 2021 – 3 April 2022
Teams50
Defending championsInverness Caledonian Thistle
Raith Rovers
(joint winners)

Thirty teams from the Championship, League One and League Two compete, along with four teams from the Highland Football League and four from the Lowland Football League. In addition to this, Under-21 teams of the clubs competing in the Scottish Premiership are represented. This season there will be no clubs from Northern Ireland, Wales, Republic of Ireland or England entered into the competition to reduce unnecessary travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]

FormatEdit

Round Date Fixtures Clubs New entries
First Round 10–11 August 2021 18 50 → 32 6 teams from 2020–21 Scottish League One (5th–10th)
Teams from 2020–21 Scottish League Two
4 teams from 2020–21 Lowland Football League (1st–4th)
4 teams from 2020–21 Highland Football League (1st–4th)
12 U21 teams from 2021–22 Scottish Premiership
Second Round 4–5 September 2021 16 32 → 16 Teams from 2020–21 Scottish Championship
4 teams from 2020–21 Scottish League One (1st–4th)
Third Round 9–10 October 2021 8 16 → 8
Quarter-finals 30 November–1 December 2021 4 8 → 4
Semi-finals 1–2 March 2022 2 4 → 2
Final 2 or 3 April 2022 1 2 → 1

First roundEdit

The first round will feature 6 clubs from 2020–21 Scottish League One, all clubs from 2020–21 Scottish League Two, 4 clubs from the 2020–21 Scottish Highland Football League, 4 clubs from the 2020–21 Scottish Lowland Football League and the 12 Under 21 teams of the 2021–22 Scottish Premiership.

The draw was made on 6 July 2021 at 14:00 and was broadcast live on the SPFL YouTube Channel. The draw was regionalised and seeded. Matches are to be played on 10, 11 and 17 August 2021.

Livingston and Ross County were unable to field B teams for the first round and withdrew from the competition. Their scheduled opponents, Albion Rovers and Stirling Albion, were awarded byes into the second round.[3]

North SectionEdit

DrawEdit

Teams in Bold advanced to the second round.

Seeded Teams Unseeded Teams

MatchesEdit

10 August 2021 Dundee B v Peterhead Dundee
19:00 Stadium: Dens Park
10 August 2021 Fraserburgh v Cowdenbeath Fraserburgh
19:30 Stadium: Bellslea Park
10 August 2021 Stenhousemuir v Dundee United B Stenhousemuir
19:30 Stadium: Ochilview Park
10 August 2021 East Fife v St Johnstone B Methil
19:45 Stadium: Bayview Stadium
10 August 2021 Hibernian B v Elgin City
19:45
10 August 2021 Brora Rangers v Aberdeen B Brora
19:45 Stadium: Dudgeon Park
10 August 2021 Forfar Athletic v Formartine United Forfar
19:45 Stadium: Station Park
11 August 2021 Brechin City v Buckie Thistle Brechin
20:00 Stadium: Glebe Park
Ross County Bw/o[A] Stirling Albion

South SectionEdit

DrawEdit

Teams in Bold advanced to the second round.

Seeded Teams Unseeded Teams

MatchesEdit

10 August 2021 Stranraer v Motherwell B Stranraer
19:30 Stadium: Stair Park
10 August 2021 Queen's Park v Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic Glasgow
19:45 Stadium: Firhill Stadium
10 August 2021 St Mirren B v Kelty Hearts Paisley
19:45 Stadium: St Mirren Park
11 August 2021 Falkirk v East Kilbride Falkirk
19:30 Stadium: Falkirk Stadium
11 August 2021 Dumbarton v Rangers B Dumbarton
19:45 Stadium: Dumbarton Football Stadium
11 August 2021 Celtic B v Annan Athletic Airdrie
19:45 Stadium: Excelsior Stadium
11 August 2021 Broomhill v Clyde Alloa
19:45 Stadium: Recreation Park
17 August 2021 Edinburgh City v Heart of Midlothian B Edinburgh
19:45 Stadium: Ainslie Park
Livingston Bw/o[A] Albion Rovers
Notes
  1. ^
    A: Livingston and Ross County were unable to field B teams for the first round and withdrew from the competition.[3]

Second roundEdit

The second round will feature the 18 first round winners who will be joined by all teams from the 2020–21 Scottish Championship and the top four teams from the 2020–21 Scottish League One.

The draw was made on 6 July 2021 at 14:00 and was broadcast live on the SPFL YouTube Channel. The draw was regionalised and seeded. Matches are to be played on 4 or 5 September 2021.

North sectionEdit

DrawEdit

Seeded Teams Unseeded Teams
  • 9 first round winners

MatchesEdit

4 September 2021 Montrose North 1 Stirling Albion Montrose
Stadium: Links Park
4 September 2021 Brora Rangers or Aberdeen B North 2 Arbroath
4 September 2021 Cove Rangers North 3 Stenhousemuir or Dundee United B Aberdeen
Stadium: Balmoral Stadium
4 September 2021 Fraserburgh or Cowdenbeath North 4 Alloa Athletic
4 September 2021 Raith Rovers North 5 Forfar Athletic or Formartine United Kirkcaldy
Stadium: Stark's Park
4 September 2021 Hibernian B or Elgin City North 6 Dunfermline Athletic
4 September 2021 Inverness Caledonian Thistle North 7 Brechin City or Buckie Thistle Inverness
Stadium: Caledonian Stadium
4 September 2021 Dundee B or Peterhead North 8 East Fife or St Johnstone B

South sectionEdit

DrawEdit

Seeded Teams Unseeded Teams
  • 9 first round winners

MatchesEdit

4 September 2021 Airdrieonians South 1 Queen's Park or Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic Airdrie
Stadium: Excelsior Stadium
4 September 2021 Celtic B or Annan Athletic South 2 Greenock Morton
4 September 2021 Hamilton Academical South 3 Edinburgh City or Heart of Midlothian B Hamilton
Stadium: New Douglas Park
4 September 2021 Dumbarton or Rangers B South 4 Ayr United
4 September 2021 Kilmarnock South 5 Falkirk or East Kilbride Kilmarnock
Stadium: Rugby Park
4 September 2021 Stranraer or Motherwell B South 6 Partick Thistle
4 September 2021 Queen of the South South 7 Broomhill or Clyde Dumfries
Stadium: Palmerston Park
4 September 2021 Albion Rovers South 8 St Mirren B or Kelty Hearts Coatbridge
Stadium: Cliftonhill

Final stagesEdit

On 7 July 2021 a bracket was published for the rest of the tournament from the third round (last 16) onwards.[4]

BracketEdit

 
Third roundQuarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
9 October 2021
 
 
Winner of South 3
 
30 November 2021
 
Winner of North 2
 
 
 
9 October 2021
 
 
 
Winner of South 5
 
1 March 2022
 
Winner of South 1
 
 
 
9 October 2021
 
 
 
Winner of North 6
 
30 November 2021
 
Winner of North 7
 
 
 
9 October 2021
 
 
 
Winner of North 5
 
2 or 3 April 2022
 
Winner of North 8
 
 
 
9 October 2021
 
 
 
Winner of North 3
 
30 November 2021
 
Winner of South 8
 
 
 
9 October 2021
 
 
 
Winner of North 4
 
1 March 2022
 
Winner of South 4
 
 
 
9 October 2021
 
 
 
Winner of South 7
 
30 November 2021
 
Winner of South 6
 
 
 
9 October 2021
 
 
 
Winner of North 1
 
 
Winner of South 2
 

Third roundEdit

The third round will feature the 16 second round winners and matches are to be played on 9 or 10 October 2021.

Quarter-finalsEdit

The quarter-finals are to be played on 30 November or 1 December 2021.

Semi-finalsEdit

The semi-finals are to be played on 1 or 2 March 2022.

FinalEdit

The final is due to take place on 2 or 3 April 2022.

NotesEdit

Notes
  1. ^
    Note 1: The 2020–21 tournament was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic in Scotland.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Challenge Cup to be rebranded SPFL Trust Trophy from season 2021/22". The Edinburgh Reporter. 15 October 2020. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  2. ^ "SPFL Trust Trophy format & dates". SPFL. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b "SPFL Trust Trophy R1 details". Scottish Professional Football League. 23 July 2021. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  4. ^ "SPFL TRUST TROPHY DRAW IN FULL". Scottish Professional Football League. 7 July 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.