The SPFL has confirmed the seeding pots for the Premier Sports Cup group stage draw, which takes place tomorrow, Wednesday May 25, at 1.00pm.
The draw will be shown live by Premier Sports via their FreeSports channel. FreeSports is available on Freeview HD channel 65, Sky HD channel 422, Virgin HD 553, TalkTalk 64, BT Vision channel 64 and is also available via Samsung TV Player and on the FreeSports Player — www.freesportsplayer.tv
As previously announced, regionalisation has been removed for 2022/23 after six years of the North/South split in the group stage. There are five seeding pots, based on final league placings in season 2021/22. One club from each pot will be drawn into Groups A-H.
With five SPFL clubs again taking part in UEFA competitions next season, the draw will involve the remaining 37 SPFL clubs from 2021/22 plus Highland League champions Fraserburgh and Lowland League champions Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic.
The additional slot will be taken by Highland League runners-up Buckie Thistle as the Lowland League were granted the extra place last season. The eight group winners and three best runners-up will join Celtic, Rangers, Heart of Midlothian, Dundee United and Motherwell in the last 16 at the end of August.
Seeding pots and club numbers
1 Ross County 2 Livingston 3 Hibernian 4 St Mirren 5 Aberdeen 6 St Johnstone 7 Dundee 8 Kilmarnock
9 Arbroath 10 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 11 Partick Thistle 12 Raith Rovers 13 Hamilton Academical 14 Morton 15 Ayr United 16 Dunfermline Athletic
Pot 3 17 Queen of the South 18 Cove Rangers 19 Airdrieonians 20 Montrose 21 Queen’s Park 22 Alloa Athletic 23 Falkirk 24 Peterhead
Pot 4 25 Clyde 26 Dumbarton 27 East Fife 28 Kelty Hearts 29 Forfar Athletic 30 Annan Athletic 31 Edinburgh City 32 Stenhousemuir
Pot 5 33 Stranraer 34 Stirling Albion 35 Albion Rovers 36 Elgin City 37 Cowdenbeath 38 Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 39 Fraserburgh 40 Buckie Thistle
Premier Sports Cup dates 2022/23
Group stage MD1: Weekend of July 9/10, 2022
MD2: Midweek of July 12/13, 2022
MD3: Weekend of July 16/17, 2022
MD4: Midweek of July 19/20, 2022
MD5: Weekend of July 23/24, 2022
Second round Midweek of August 30/31, 2022
Quarter-finals Midweek of October 18-20, 2022
Semi-finals Weekend of January 14/15, 2023
Final Sunday February 26, 2023