Scottish League One Stadiums & Stats

Scottish Football on Grass

The Scottish League One is the third-tier in the Scottish Professional Football League pyramid. It has been in existence in its current format and with its current branding since 2013, though a third-tier has existed in Scottish football since long before that.

We’ll tell you about that in a bit more detail in the ‘History’ section of this page, but what we will say for now is that a third-tier has existed in Scotland since the mid-1970s and that the Scottish League One is just a slightly re-jigged version of that. As well as more info on the history of the league, we’ll also tell you here about the types of stadiums being used by League One teams and we’ll also tell you about the structure of the league itself.

Scottish League One Stadiums

Despite what people South of the border might have you believe, football in Scotland is actually quite competitive. Don’t be misled by the fact that the top-spot in the Premiership is pretty much exclusively claimed by Celtic and Rangers. In the lower positions and leagues there is a constant stage of flux, meaning that it’s difficult to tell which teams will be in which division from one year to the next. Because of that, the types of stadiums on display change too, as teams that have historically done well start to lose their grip.

The Scottish League One, therefore, often has a genuinely eclectic mix of stadiums used by the clubs taking part in it. Granted most of them have a capacity of below 5,000 and are small places with more terraces than seating, but the likes of Queens Park often compete in the division and they play their games at Hampden Park. Depending on who is in the league at any one moment you could visit grounds with enough room for just over 1,000 people or stadiums with a 50,000+ capacity.

About The League

The Scottish love slightly odd league set-ups and the Scottish League One is no different. There are ten teams competing in the league and they all play each other four times, once at home and once away. The team that finishes top gets promoted to the Scottish Championship and the bottom team drops into the Scottish League Two.

Rangers Fans Queue
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Things get a bit complicated after that. The teams that finish second, third and fourth then enter a play-off system with the team that finished ninth in the Scottish Championship. The winner either gets promoted to or gets to remain in the Scottish second-tier for the following season.

Since it has only been running in its current format since 2013, only a small number of teams have had the chance to finish top of the league, none of which have been relegated back again. Rangers were one of them after insolvency saw them starting again on the bottom rung of the ladder.

Scottish League One History

It was 1890 when a Scottish football league system was first created, and also when the Scottish Football League was formed which still runs things today. The league as it was created had a Division One and a Division Two, and clubs were promoted and relegated between them at the end of each season. This is how things ran for almost 100 years.

Queens Park Squad 1918
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In 1975 the Scottish Football League system was given an overhaul, and Division One and Division Two became the Premier Division and First Division, with a Second Division added to give the country a third-tier. It remained that way until 1994 when a fourth division was added.

In 1997 the Premier Division chose to split away from the rest of the Scottish Football League in order to form the Scottish Premier League. This once again altered the landscape of Scottish football and it remained that way until 2013 when the SPL decided to re-join the SFL to create the Scottish Professional Football League. That was when the Second Division became the Scottish League One that it is today.