|SPL announce introduction of Under 20 league|
The Scottish Premier League has confirmed that it will run an Under 20 league in season 2012/13. The league, it its first season, will be for players born 1993, and will feature all SPL teams, with the possibility of SFL teams being included.
The decision was made at the SPL's General Meeting on Thursday 12th April, at which all 12 member clubs unanimously approved the plans, which are a key part of Mark Wotte's performance strategy.
Wotte, Scottish FA Performance Director, told the SPL Official Website: "I am delighted at the decision of the SPL clubs today to approve the introduction of the Under-20 League. This is a fundamental part of the Scottish FA’s Performance Strategy and it will be vital in bridging the gap between the current under-19s (pictured, right) and the first-team squads.
"I am hugely encouraged by the positive discussions that have taken place between the SPL and the Scottish FA and, in particular, the support of the clubs’ Heads of Youth and chairmen during the period of consultation."
SPL Chief Executive, Neil Doncaster, commented: Neil Doncaster, SPL Chief Executive, said: "Providing the right platform for developing young Scottish players is vital for the whole of Scottish football and I am delighted to announce the introduction of an Under 20 League from next season.
"Working in conjunction with the Scottish FA, I would hope this goes someway to reducing the development gap between the current Under 19 League and the Clydesdale Bank Premier League to better equip young players for the demands of first team football and aiding the development of more and better young Scottish players for the Scotland national team."
More developments are expected in the coming weeks.