The National League Board (the NLB), the National Cup Board (the NCB) and the Community Game Board (the CGB) have provided an update on the status of competitions and relevant fees due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The decisions by the relevant Boards have taken into account the current Welsh Government guidelines and measures in relation to COVID-19 with the health and safety of everyone involved being of the utmost importance. The FAW Press Release is attached.
The National League Board has decided that the Ardal Leagues is cancelled for the 2020/21 season.
Additionally, the FAW Reserve League and the FAW Youth League are also cancelled for the 2020/21 season.
The National Cup Board has determined that the FAW Amateur Trophy and the FAW Youth Cup is also cancelled for the 2020/21 season, but an attempt will be made to complete the JD Welsh Cup with the Tier 1 and Tier 2 Clubs only, as they have previously been awarded ‘Elite Status’ as defined by Sport Wales. The NCB desire was for all teams who entered to participate but it’s not possible under the current Welsh Government guidelines. Therefore, allowing those that can compete was their preferred option.
The FAW fully understands the frustrations felt by many throughout the country of not being able to play, volunteer and support their clubs. However, these are unprecedented times and the FAW is not responsible for the national COVID-19 policies and guidelines, which are in place to keep the nation as safe as possible.
The FAW is exploring a number of options for the 2021/22 season to ensure that competitive football can resume as quickly as possible. Should the Welsh Government Alert Levels change before the end of the season (31st May) - clubs would be permitted to request the sanction of friendly matches.
Competition Entry Fees
- Teams that entered competitions in the 2020/21 season, that have either not started, or have started but will not be completed, will now be automatically entered into the equivalent competitions for the 2021/22 season free of charge.
- Clubs and leagues that affiliated with either the FAW or an Area Association in the 2020/21 season will not need to pay a fee to affiliate in respect of the 2021/22 season.