THE Scottish Junior Football Assosciation (SJFA) have announced the launch of a nationwide cup competition for non-league teams in Tiers Five and below.

Open to clubs within the pyramid structure, over 200 teams will compete for the new trophy, with the tournament expected to launch in time for the 2022-23 campaign.

In a press release, the SJFA - the governing league body for clubs outwith the professional set-up - outlined its hope that the National Non-League Cup "will capture the imagination of clubs and supporters throughout the Scottish game".

The SJFA added that talks between the leagues to bring the new competition to fruition have already begun and have been received positively thus far, while the association have provided £80,000 to fund the cup.

Meanwhile, the SJFA has announced that it will be providing a cash boost to clubs as part of the organisation's 135th anniversary next month.

"Founded in 1886 with 39 clubs, the Association and its clubs have been woven into the fabric of Scottish football," a statement read.

"Now with the establishment of all our clubs within the Scottish FA pyramid structure we now focus on aiding our game further with this initiative.

"To mark our 135th anniversary the Association will be distributing payments of £1350 to four organisations in each of the North, East & West regions of the country. These organisations will reflect the clubs and their communities."