Ian Maxwell

Ian Maxwell, 42, joined the Scottish FA in May 2019, from his role as Managing Director of Partick Thistle. Ian’s career in football began at Hampden as a player with Queen’s Park. Before retiring in 2010, he also played with Ross County, St Johnstone, St Mirren and Partick Thistle. Following his playing career, Ian moved into management, first as Assistant Manager to Ian McCall at Partick Thistle and then as General Manager with the Firhill club. He was promoted to Managing Director in 2014 and in recent years also served on the boards of the Scottish FA and the SPFL. On becoming the CEO of the Scottish FA Ian  said:

“This is a very proud moment for myself and my family. Scottish football has been my life, from playing to coaching and on to managing a club. I am hugely excited about the role and facing into the big issues that we will need to tackle. The game means so much, to so many in this country. I will work tirelessly to serve all our members, support and lead the Scottish FA’s staff and help bring everyone together to shape a better future for Scottish football.”

Scottish Football Association

The Scottish Football Association (SFA), founded in 1873, is the governing body of football in Scotland. It oversees all aspects of the game, from grassroots to the professional levels, and is responsible for the organization of the national teams. The SFA is headquartered at Hampden Park in Glasgow, which also serves as the national stadium for Scotland’s football matches.

The SFA’s key responsibilities include the administration of the Scottish Cup, the oldest national trophy in the world, and the regulation of the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL). Additionally, the association is dedicated to developing the sport at all levels through initiatives and programs aimed at increasing participation, improving facilities, and coaching standards. The SFA also works closely with UEFA and FIFA, ensuring that Scottish football complies with international regulations and standards. Through its efforts, the SFA aims to enhance the quality and popularity of football in Scotland, promoting it as a sport that embodies fair play, integrity, and excellence.


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Scottish National Football Team

The Scottish men’s national football team, one of the oldest in the world, has a rich history dating back to its first official match in 1872 against England, making it the oldest international fixture in the sport. This historic game, played at the West of Scotland Cricket Club in Glasgow, ended in a 0-0 draw and set the foundation for international football as we know it today. The Scottish Football Association (SFA), established in 1873, governs the team, which has participated in numerous international competitions over the years.

Although Scotland has yet to win a major international tournament, the team has qualified for the FIFA World Cup eight times, with their best performances occurring in 1974, 1978, and 1982 when they reached the group stages. They have also competed in the UEFA European Championship three times, with notable appearances in 1992, 1996, and 2020. The team is celebrated for its passionate supporters, known as the Tartan Army, and its contribution to football culture and development. Scotland’s footballing legacy is further highlighted by legendary players such as Kenny Dalglish, Denis Law, and Jim Baxter, who have left an indelible mark on the sport. Despite the challenges, the Scottish national team remains a symbol of pride and resilience, continually striving to make its mark on the global stage.




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