Edinburgh University AFC has been accepted to join the newly expanded Scottish Lowland Football League.
Edinburgh’s admittance to the league is part of a shake-up that marks a new era for Scottish football.
A pyramid league system will come into play from next season, which gives lesser clubs a chance to become part of the Scottish Professional Football League.
The winners of next season’s Scottish Lowland and Highland Leagues will compete in a two-leg play-off at the end of the season. The winning club will play a further two fixtures against the bottom club in SPFL League 2, with a place in the senior leagues at stake.
Seven clubs submitted applications to join the Lowland League and only Edinburgh University and Glasgow-based side Broomhill Sports Club were successful. The clubs will now compete in the 14-team Lowland League from August.
The University club is currently awaiting planning permission to upgrade their home park of Peffermill. It is hoped that new facilities will include a fully enclosed, floodlit grass pitch and a covered stand for 100 spectators.
EUAFC has been a member of the Scottish Football Association since its establishment in 1878.
Edinburgh can claim to be the most successful footballing university in Scotland, having won the Scottish Universities Queen Park Shield 24 times since 1921 and the British Universities Cup in 1994.
The club finished fifth in this season’s East of Scotland League Premier Division but will compete against clubs including Edinburgh City and current Lowland League champions Spartans next season.
EUAFC is a football club for students of the University of Edinburgh and is managed by an annually elected committee.
In addition to the first team, the club fields three other sides, all of which compete in inter-university and local amateur football leagues.