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IRN BRU Cup Announcement

Thursday, 22 June 2017 09:03

 

SPFL ANNOUNCES AN UPDATED FORMAT AND MORE PRIZE MONEY FOR 2017/18 IRN-BRU CUP

 

 

 

The 2017/18 IRN-BRU Cup will feature an improved format and increased prize money, in addition to two new participants, the SPFL has announced ahead of the First Round draw next week (Tuesday, 27 June). 

 

 

 

The revised format of the IRN-BRU Cup for the season ahead sees a reduction in the number of rounds from seven to six, with the competition kicking off in mid-August and leading up to the Final being played on Saturday 24 or Sunday 25 March, 2018.  

 

 

 

While like-for-like prize money comparisons with the 2016/17 IRN-BRU Cup are not possible, as this year’s format involves two additional clubs but one round fewer than last season, the overall amount available for prize money is up by 9%, from £308,000 to £335,200. 

 

 

 

In addition, clubs travelling overseas will each receive a £5,000 contribution to their travel costs per overseas game, which is a 25% increase on last season’s figure. 

 

 

 

As recently announced, Bray Wanderers and Sligo Rovers will join the 2017/18 IRN-BRU Cup along with the Northern Irish and Welsh teams (Crusaders, Linfield, The New Saints and Gap Connah’s Quay) at the Second Round stage. 

 

 

 

The 2017/18 IRN-BRU Cup First Round Draw takes place this coming Tuesday, 27 June at 1pm, streamed live on the SPFL Facebook page, with the 24 ties to be played on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 August.  

 

SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster said: “Following the success of the new format of the IRNBRU Cup in its inaugural season, we have worked to further improve the competition for clubs and supporters. 

 

“By increasing prize money, removing one round and introducing more new teams to the competition, we believe this year’s IRN-BRU Cup will be stronger, more competitive and even more exciting. We look forward to the First Round Draw next Tuesday and wish all clubs the very best of luck.”
 

 

IRN-BRU CUP - SEASON 2017/18 - 56 team format

 

(including 2 from Northern Ireland, 2 from Wales and 2 from the Republic of Ireland)

 

FIRST ROUND                                                                                        Tuesday 15 or Wednesday 16 August 2017

 

(First Round draw will take place at 1pm on Tuesday 27 June 2017)

 

48 Clubs (24 ties)

 

       10 clubs from Ladbrokes League 2 

 

       10 clubs from Ladbrokes League 1

 

       8 clubs from Ladbrokes Championship

 

       4 clubs from the Scottish Highland Football League

 

       4 clubs from the Scottish Lowland Football League

 

       12 Colt teams from Ladbrokes Premiership

 

 

 

Regionalised Draw (unseeded)

 

North Draw (12 ties) 6 North Colt Teams / 4 Scottish Highland League Clubs / 14 SPFL Clubs

 

South Draw (12 ties) 6 South Colt Teams / 4 Scottish Lowland League Clubs / 14 SPFL Clubs

 

NORTH                                                                                                SOUTH

 

1       ALLOA ATHLETIC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25      AIRDRIEONIANS

2       ARBROATH

26      ALBION ROVERS

3       BRECHIN CITY

27      ANNAN ATHLETIC

4       COWDENBEATH

28      AYR UNITED 

5       DUNDEE UNITED

29      BERWICK RANGERS

6       DUNFERMLINE ATHLETIC

30       CLYDE

7       EAST FIFE

31      DUMBARTON

8       ELGIN CITY

32      EDINBURGH CITY

9       FORFAR ATHLETIC

33      LIVINGSTON

10     MONTROSE

34      MORTON

11     PETERHEAD

35      QUEEN OF THE SOUTH

12     RAITH ROVERS

36      QUEEN’S PARK

13     STENHOUSEMUIR

37      ST. MIRREN 

14     STIRLING ALBION

38      STRANRAER

15     ABERDEEN COLTS

39      CELTIC COLTS

16     DUNDEE COLTS

40      HAMILTON ACADEMICAL COLTS

17     HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN COLTS

41      KILMARNOCK COLTS

18     HIBERNIAN COLTS

42      MOTHERWELL COLTS

19     ROSS COUNTY COLTS

43      PARTICK THISTLE COLTS

20     ST. JOHNSTONE COLTS

44      RANGERS COLTS

21     BRORA RANGERS

45      EAST KILBRIDE

22     BUCKIE THISTLE

46      EAST STIRLINGSHIRE

23     COVE RANGERS

47      SPARTANS

24    FORMARTINE UNITED

48      STIRLING UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND ROUND

 

 

 

 

Saturday 2 or Sunday 3 September 2017

 

32 Clubs (16 ties)

 

       2 clubs from Ladbrokes Championship 

 

Falkirk and Inverness Caledonian Thistle

 

       2 clubs from Northern Ireland Football League – Crusaders and Linfield

 

2 clubs from 2 Welsh Premier League – Gap Connah’s Quay and The New Saints

 

2 clubs from 2 League of Ireland Premier Division – Bray Wanderers and Sligo Rovers            24 winners from First Round

 

 

 

Draw (pre-draw to determine which country will be allocated Pot A, Pot B & Pot C)

 

       Pot A, Pot B or Pot C – 2 Northern Ireland Football League Clubs

 

Pot A, Pot B or Pot C – 2 Welsh Premier League Clubs

 

Pot A, Pot B or Pot C – 2 League of Ireland Premier Division Clubs

 

Pot D – 24 winners from First Round and 2 Ladbrokes Championship Clubs

 

 

 

       To avoid NIFL teams playing each other (one home, one away)

 

       One ball from Pot A, Pot B or Pot C v Pot D One ball from Pot D v Pot A, Pot B or Pot C

 

 

 

       To avoid WPL teams playing each other (one home, one away)

 

       One ball from Pot A, Pot B or Pot C v ball from Pot D

 

One ball from Pot D v ball from Pot A, Pot B or Pot C

 

 

 

       To avoid LIPD teams playing each other (one home, one away)

 

       One ball from Pot A, Pot B or Pot C v Pot D

 

One ball from Pot D v Pot A, Pot B or Pot C

 

 

 

       Remaining 20 SPFL Clubs in Pot D drawn into 10 remaining ties

 

 

 

 

 

THIRD ROUND 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 7 or Sunday 8 October 2017

 

16 winners from the Second Round (8 ties)

 

QUARTER-FINALS                                                                                 Saturday 11 or Sunday 12 November 2017

 

8 winners from the Third Round (4 ties)

 

 

SEMI-FINALS                                                                        

Saturday 17 or Sunday 18 February 2018

4 winners from the Quarter-Finals (2 ties)

 

 

FINAL                                                                                      

Saturday 24 or Sunday 25 March 2018

 

2 winners from the Semi-Finals (1 tie)

 

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