The SPFL has confirmed the dates for the commencement of League, League Cup and Challenge Cup competitions for Season 2014/15.
The full fixture lists for the League season are expected to be announced in mid-June. Dates for the draws for the first rounds of both the Scottish Challenge Cup and Scottish League Cup will be announced in due course.
• Weekend of 26 July – First Round of the Scottish Challenge Cup
• Weekend of 2 August – First Round of the Scottish League Cup
• Weekend of 9 August – SPFL League season starts across all four divisions
Neil Doncaster, SPFL chief executive, said: “The first official SPFL season has already provided many highlights and memorable moments, and we look forward to its conclusion, including the widely-anticipated play-offs which this year will feature the new Premiership play-off.
“We are also very busy planning for season 2014/15 and are pleased to announce the start dates across league and cup competitions. There are some very positive stories to be told across all our leagues at the moment and we will only see the level of interest in Scottish football increasing further in the months ahead and as next season kicks off.”
Separately, the SPFL Board has approved applications from the following clubs to play their official matches on their artificial pitches next season: Airdrieonians FC, Alloa Athletic FC, Annan Athletic FC, Clyde FC, Falkirk FC, Forfar Athletic FC, Hamilton Academical FC, Montrose FC and Queen of the South FC.
The SPFL Board is also in discussion with Stenhousemuir FC regarding the renewal of the artificial pitch at Ochilview Park, at which both Stenhousemuir FC and East Stirlingshire FC play their official matches, during the close season.