Record-breaking prize pot for SPFL Trust Trophy announced as non-Scottish clubs excluded

Record-breaking prize money has been announced for this coming season's SPFL Trust Trophy
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Scottish clubs will share a record-breaking prize pot in next season’s SPFL Trust Trophy – a competition that will no longer involve teams from outside of Scotland.

Last season’s final saw Airdrie beat TNS of Wales 2-1 at the Falkirk Stadium, which netted them just £50,000.

This season’s winners will net £100,000 as the top prize, with £60k for runners-up.

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.

Next season’s winners will receive a 100 per cent increase in prize money.

Further sums are a available as ‘facility’ fees for all live TV games, with the final pay out to clubs set to exceed £800,000 for the first time ever.

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

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster 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.”

The full schedule of prize monies for the SPFL Trust Trophy is set out below:

Winner - £100,000

Runner up - £60,000

Losing semi-finalists - £40,000

Losing quarter-finalists - £30,000

4th round losers - £20,000

Airdrie won last season's SPFL Trust Trophy final against TNS of Wales, a situation that will no longer take place
Airdrie won last season's SPFL Trust Trophy final against TNS of Wales, a situation that will no longer take place -Credit:SNS Group

3rd round losers - £15,000

2nd round losers - £10,000

1st round losers - £5,000

In addition, each club playing (whether home or away) in a live televised SPFL Trust Trophy on BBC ALBA will receive a facility fee payment of £1,500.

The new format of the SPFL Trust Trophy is as follows:

Round 1 (22 clubs – 11 ties) – Midweek of July 30/31. Seeded and regionalised (B teams kept apart)

• 11 Premiership B teams

• 5 Highland League clubs from 2023/24 (Buckie Thistle, Brechin City, Fraserburgh, Banks o’Dee, and Formartine United)

• 6 Lowland League clubs from 2023/24 (East Kilbride, Bo’ness United, Albion Rovers, Cowdenbeath, Berwick Rangers, and East Stirlingshire)

Round 2 (18 clubs – 9 ties) – Midweek of August 13/14. Regionalised but not seeded

• 11 R1 winners

• Clubs 4th-10th in League 2 in 2023/24

Round 3 (32 clubs – 16 ties) – Weekend of September 7/8. All-in-draw – no seeding

Last season's final was held at the Falkirk Stadium and saw Airdrie beat TNS 2-1
Last season's final was held at the Falkirk Stadium and saw Airdrie beat TNS 2-1 -Credit:SNS Group

• 9 R2 winners

• Clubs 1st-3rd League 2 in 2023/24

• Clubs 1st-10th League 1 2023/24

• Clubs 2nd-10th Championship 2023/24

• Club 12 in Premiership in 2023/24

Round 4 (16 clubs – 8 ties) – Weekend of October 12/13

Quarter-finals (8 clubs – 4 ties) – Midweek of November 12/13

Semi-finals (4 clubs – 2 ties) – Midweek of January 28/29

Final – Weekend of March 22/23 or March 29/30.

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