The Scottish Premiership was formed in July 2013 and represents Level One of the Scottish football league system (known as the football pyramid). It replaced the old Scottish Premier League (SPL).
The league comprises twelve football teams.
The bottom placed Scottish Premiership club at the end of the season is relegated, and its place is taken by the winner of that season's Scottish Championship. The club finishing in 11th place in the Scottish Premiership plays the Scottish Championship Play-Off winners over two legs and may therefore retain its place in the Scottish Premiership or be relegated to play in the Scottish Championship the following season.
Through the Scottish Football Association (SFA) the Scottish Premiership is part of the UEFA Confederation which is responsible for clubs and national football teams in Europe.
Currently, the top placed team in the Scottish Premiership qualifies for the UEFA Champions League qualifying round 2. The second and third placed teams qualify for the UEFA Europa League qualifying round 2 and qualifying round 1, respectively.
The Scottish Premiership is currently sponsored by Ladbrokes