SPFL reveal updated IRN-BRU Cup format

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SPFL reveal updated IRN-BRU Cup format

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The 2017/18 IRN-BRU Cup will feature an improved format and increased prize money, in addition to two new participants, the SPFL has announced ahead of the First Round draw next week (Tuesday, 27 June).

The revised format of the IRN-BRU Cup for the season ahead sees a reduction in the number of rounds from seven to six, with the competition kicking off in mid-August and leading up to the Final being played on Saturday 24 or Sunday 25 March, 2018.

While like-for-like prize money comparisons with the 2016/17 IRN-BRU Cup are not possible, as this year’s format involves two additional clubs but one round fewer than last season, the overall amount available for prize money is up by 9%, from £308,000 to £335,200.

In addition, clubs travelling overseas will each receive a £5,000 contribution to their travel costs per overseas game, which is a 25% increase on last season’s figure.

As recently announced, Bray Wanderers and Sligo Rovers will join the 2017/18 IRN-BRU Cup along with the Northern Irish and Welsh teams (Crusaders, Linfield, The New Saints and Gap Connah’s Quay) at the Second Round stage.

The 2017/18 IRN-BRU Cup First Round Draw takes place this coming Tuesday, 27 June at 1pm, streamed live on the SPFL Facebook page, with the 24 ties to be played on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 August.

SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster said: “Following the success of the new format of the IRN-BRU Cup in its inaugural season, we have worked to further improve the competition for clubs and supporters.

“By increasing prize money, removing one round and introducing more new teams to the competition, we believe this year’s IRN-BRU Cup will be stronger, more competitive and even more exciting. We look forward to the First Round Draw next Tuesday and wish all clubs the very best of luck.”

FIRST ROUND (Tuesday 15 or Wednesday 16 August 2017)

48 clubs broken down as follows:

  • 10 clubs from Ladbrokes League 2
  • 10 clubs from Ladbrokes League 1
  • 8 clubs from Ladbrokes Championship
  • 4 clubs from the Scottish Highland Football League
  • 4 clubs from the Scottish Lowland Football League
  • 12 Colt teams from Ladbrokes Premiership

Regionalised Draw (unseeded)

Draw will take place at 1pm on Tuesday 27 June 2017 and will be streamed live on the SPFL Facebook page.

North Section

6 North Colt Teams / 4 Scottish Highland League Clubs / 14 SPFL Clubs

1    ALLOA ATHLETIC
2    ARBROATH
3    BRECHIN CITY
4    COWDENBEATH
5    DUNDEE UNITED
6    DUNFERMLINE ATHLETIC
7    EAST FIFE
8    ELGIN CITY
9    FORFAR ATHLETIC
10    MONTROSE
11    PETERHEAD
12    RAITH ROVERS
13    STENHOUSEMUIR
14    STIRLING ALBION
15    ABERDEEN COLTS
16    DUNDEE COLTS
17    HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN COLTS
18    HIBERNIAN COLTS
19    ROSS COUNTY COLTS
20    ST. JOHNSTONE COLTS
21    BRORA RANGERS
22    BUCKIE THISTLE
23    COVE RANGERS
24    FORMARTINE UNITED

South Section

6 South Colt Teams / 4 Scottish Lowland League Clubs / 14 SPFL Clubs

25    AIRDRIEONIANS
26    ALBION ROVERS
27    ANNAN ATHLETIC
28    AYR UNITED
29    BERWICK RANGERS
30    CLYDE
31    DUMBARTON
32    EDINBURGH CITY
33    LIVINGSTON
34    MORTON
35    QUEEN OF THE SOUTH
36    QUEEN’S PARK
37    ST. MIRREN
38    STRANRAER
39    CELTIC COLTS
40    HAMILTON ACADEMICAL COLTS
41    KILMARNOCK COLTS
42    MOTHERWELL COLTS
43    PARTICK THISTLE COLTS
44    RANGERS COLTS
45    EAST KILBRIDE
46    EAST STIRLINGSHIRE
47    SPARTANS
48    STIRLING UNIVERSITY

SECOND ROUND (Saturday 2 or Sunday 3 September 2017)

32 clubs broken down as follows:

  • 2 clubs from Ladbrokes Championship
  • Falkirk and Inverness Caledonian Thistle
  • 2 clubs from Northern Ireland Football League – Crusaders and Linfield
  • 2 clubs from 2 Welsh Premier League – Gap Connah’s Quay and The New Saints
  • 2 clubs from 2 League of Ireland Premier Division – Bray Wanderers and Sligo Rovers
  • 24 winners from First Round

THIRD ROUND (Saturday 7 or Sunday 8 October 2017)

16 winners from the Second Round (8 ties)

QUARTER-FINALS (Saturday 11 or Sunday 12 November 2017)

8 winners from the Third Round (4 ties)

SEMI-FINALS (Saturday 17 or Sunday 18 February 2018)

4 winners from the Quarter-Finals (2 ties)

FINAL (Saturday 24 or Sunday 25 March 2018)

2 winners from the Semi-Finals (1 tie)
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