1. How is commercial and broadcasting revenue distributed between SPL clubs?

All revenues generated by the SPL are effectively put into one 'pot'.  A support payment to the SFL and parachute payments to recently relegated clubs are then deducted from that 'pot'.  All associated costs of running the SPL are also deducted.

The remaining amount is split two ways to the member clubs: 48% of that amount is divided equally between all 12 clubs while 52% is distributed to teams dependant upon their final league position.  The higher up the table that a club finishes, the more money they will receive from the centre.

2. Will there be a winter break this season?

Given the pressures on fixturing arising from Euro 2008, The Board has decided not to have a winter break in season 2007-08.

The concept does, however have support from various quarters and the SPL may re-introduce a winter break in the future.

3. Can clubs use artificial surfaces in the SPL?

The SPL have agreed to work with both FIFA and UEFA to develop criteria for synthetic surfaces that perform consistently with the best natural pitches in use in Scotland and are conducive to the style of play here.  Board approval is needed to play on an artificial surface in the SPL.

4. Who makes the decisions at the SPL?

The clubs have an input in all SPL decisions and policies. Click here for an outline as to who is responsible for the different types of decisions made at the SPL.

5. How does the SPL differ from the SFA and the SFL?

The SPL was set up to provide an environment in which Scotland's foremost clubs can improve their quality and image, maximise the commercial value of the game and thus ensure its long term future and prosperity.  It's role is to run the league, support the clubs and act in the best interests of the clubs commercially.

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) is the sport's overall governing body in Scotland, and their objectives are to promote, foster and develop the game all over the country. The Scottish FA are responsible for the International team, the Tennent's Scottish Cup and the development of grassroots football.  Click here for further information www.scottishfa.co.uk.

The objective of the Scottish Football League (SFL) is to promote the interests of its 40 members within the overall context of the game. It organises the First, Second and Third Division Championships in Scotland alongside the CIS Insurance Cup and the Bell's Cup.  Click on the link for more information www.scottishfootballleague.com.

6. Are there any plans to increase the number of teams in the SPL?

There are no plans to increase the number of teams within the SPL.  The SPL is constantly looking at methods to improve Scottish football and reviews the league structure on an annual basis.

7. What stadium criteria do clubs have to meet to be allowed to play in the SPL?

The SPL, following its inception, took responsibility for ensuring that the clubs in the top division put the recommendations from the Taylor Report into place.  Criteria were established to set minimum standards to ensure safety and comfort for all spectators in the following areas: 

Clubs must satisfy the requirements defined in the Stadia Handbook.

All SPL clubs must have, by no later than March 31 preceding any season and for the whole of that season, a stadium with no less than 6,000 covered seats for spectators.

Winter Protection
Clubs must also have adequate winter protection to help prevent fixture postposements.  Adequate winter pitch protection is defined as undersoil or underground heating.

Ground Share
If a club intends to "ground share" or occupy a ground other than one owned by the club concerned, then such an arrangement requires the approval of the Board of the SPL.

8. How do I buy tickets for an SPL game?

The SPL does not control the sale of tickets and supporters should contact the clubs directly to purchase tickets.  To do this, click here and select the club for which you wish to buy tickets and you will be provided with the relevant information.

9. Where can I watch and listen to SPL games, at home and abroad?

The broadcasting section of the website provides information on how to tune in to coverage of the Bank of Scotland Premierleague.  Click here for more information.

10. How can teams qualify for Europe?

At present, in the SPL, the side that finishes top proceeds to the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.  If they win that tie they then proceed to the group stages of the Champions league.

The team that finishes second has to play two qualifying rounds to reach the UEFA Champions League group stages.

The third placed side in the SPL qualifies automatically for the UEFA Cup, as do the winners of the Scottish Cup.  If the club who wins the Scottish Cup has qualified for Europe via the league, the UEFA Cup spot goes to the runners-up.  If the runners-up are also already in Europe, the place will go to the next highest placed team in the league.

11. What are the attendance figures for SPL games?

The average attendance in 2006/07 was 16,190 meaning that almost 3.7 million people attended the 228 matches.

12. How many foreign players play in the SPL?

Of the 532 players registered in the SPL during the 2004-05 season 73% of them were Scottish.  10% hailed from the rest of the UK while 17% of those registered were foreign.