Scottish Challenge Cup

The Scottish Professional Football League Challenge Cup,[1][2][3] commonly known as the Scottish League Challenge Cup[4][5] or Scottish Challenge Cup,[1][2] and currently known as the SPFL Trust Trophy for sponsorship reasons, is an association football knock-out cup competition run by the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL).

Scottish Challenge Cup
Founded1990
RegionScotland
Wales
Northern Ireland
Republic of Ireland
England
Number of teams50 (2021–22)
Current championsInverness Caledonian Thistle (3) & Raith Rovers (2) (Shared)
Most successful club(s)Falkirk (4 titles)
Television broadcastersBBC Alba
Premier Sports
S4C (involving Welsh clubs)
2021–22 Scottish Challenge Cup

The competition was first held during the 1990–91 season as the B&Q Centenary Cup[1] to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Scottish Football League (SFL). It was intended to be a one-off competition but was continued due to its popularity. It was originally contested by SFL teams below the top level of the Scottish football league system; teams below SPFL level were added in 2011–12, and guest teams from outside Scotland in 2016–17. For the 2019–20 edition there were 58 teams: 30 from the SPFL; the twelve Under-21 teams of the Scottish Premiership clubs; four each from the Highland League and Lowland League; and two guest teams from each of the NIFL Premiership, Cymru Premier League, English National League, and League of Ireland Premier Division up until the 2019–20 season.[6]

The first winner of the tournament was Dundee, who defeated Ayr United.[7][8] Falkirk are the most successful team in the tournament, with four wins, most recently in 2012. The most recent winners are Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Raith Rovers, who shared the 2019/20 title after the final was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.