About Scotland League One

The cinch League One, also referred to as the Scottish League One, is the third division of the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL), which organizes men’s professional football clubs in Scotland. The Scottish League One was formed in July 2013, following the merger of the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League.


In the Scottish League One, teams are awarded three points for a victory and one point for a draw, with no points given for a loss. The ranking of teams is based on their total points, followed by goal difference, and then goals scored. The team with the highest points at the end of the season is declared the league champion. If two or more teams have the same number of points, the team with a better goal difference is the winner. If this doesn’t settle the tie, the teams in question must participate in a playoff match at a neutral location to determine their final rankings.

Promotion and Relegation

The champion of the Scottish League One is directly promoted to the Scottish Championship, replacing the bottom team of the championship. The teams that finish 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in League One, along with the 9th-placed team in the Championship, then take part in a two-legged playoff. In this playoff, the 2nd-placed League One club competes against the 3rd-placed League One club, while the team that finished 4th in League One plays against the 9th-placed Championship side. The winners of these matches then play against each other. If a League One team emerges victorious, they are promoted, with the championship club being relegated. If the Championship team wins, they retain their position in the championship.

The League One play-off system for promotion and relegation is similar to its Championship counterpart, in which the bottom club of League One is automatically relegated and the 9th-placed club competes in a playoff against the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th placed clubs from League Two.

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