As the Scottish Government continue to debate whether it is safe for stadiums to welcome large scale amounts of fans the women’s leagues in Scotland are welcome to continue due to their unfortunate low attendance rates compared to men’s teams.
Teams such as Motherwell and Hamilton Accies tend to draw in crowds but rarely ever break the 100 fans mark despite having a loyal men’s side following.
Many topflight men’s teams have a women’s equivalent in the SWPL as well as in the lower women’s leagues that especially need fan support the now given current world circumstances.
The SWPL1 features teams such as Aberdeen, Celtic, Glasgow City, Hamilton Accies, Hibs, Hearts, Motherwell, Partick Thistle and Rangers. The SWPL2 features the likes of Kilmarnock, St Johnstone, Dundee United and Queen’s Park.
Whereas the SWF Championship North features well-known clubs such as Montrose, Fife, and Inverness CT. The SWF Championship South features familiar teams like Airdrie, Ayr United, Edinbrugh City, Clyde, Falkirk, Livingston, Morton, Stenhousemuir and St Mirren.
Women’s football is just as competitive as men’s but is often overlooked due to its lack of exposure and the gap in resources. Women’s football is hugely enjoyable to watch despite what some may argue is a lack of highly skilled players due to the budget restraints these clubs have.
If you’re willing to enjoy women’s football for what it is then attending a game is more than worth it, especially if you go into it with an open mind. It’s as passionate, gritty, and climatic as men’s football is and the games are intense. If the team you follow has a women’s counterpart head down to their grounds and help support them while you’re shut off from your main team. Games are played on Sundays usually at 4pm. The SWPL is set to return on the 16th of January.