History

FAW ARDAL NORTHERN LEAGUE

As part of the FAW’s “2020 vision and strategic plan for Welsh football”, the FAW committed to the following strategic objective.

“Stronger clubs operating at levels 1 and 2 following a successful restructure of the FAW Pyramid and a greater number of clubs attaining the National Licence.”

A Pyramid Review was established to ensure that the Association addressed this key objective for the domestic game in Wales.

The FAW’s National Game Board (NGB), now the National League board (NLB) established a Working Group to review the Welsh Football Domestic Pyramid structure in September 2014.

Following a review of Tier 1, where it was agreed that no structural changes would be recommended, the Working Group identified one weakness being the magnitude of the step up from Tier 2 to Tier 1 and agreed the following.

-      To implement a standard Tier 2 Ground Criteria for implementation in April 2017 (which was latterly deferred until April 2018). This is aimed at improving facilities at Tier 2 and to reduce the gap between the standard facilities at Tiers 1 and 2

The Working Group then focused on the structure of the Pyramid from Tiers 2 down and developed the terms of reference for a study, which covered some of the following key areas during a series of meetings between April and September 2017:

-       Strengths and limitations of the existing structure

-       Potential new structure

The recommendations of the Working Group were shared with the FAW Community Game Board, National Game Board, International Game Board and the FAW ExCo before being discussed and approved by the FAW Council in October 2017, by a strong majority vote.

The agreed new structure can be seen below

 

The following was then agreed for the new tier three leagues

  • Ground criteria
  • Rules

The new tier three leagues would commence in season 2020/21 and clubs had until April 30th, 2020 to reach the required ground criteria. This was extended to the Coronas virus

The Clubs who applied for the criteria (closing date December 31st. 2019) and to be considered for the new leagues were:

Mid Wales League

 

Welsh Alliance

 

Welsh National

Aberaeron

 

Blaenau Amateurs

 

Brickfield Rangers

Bow Street

 

Bodedern Athletic

 

Brymbo

Caersws

 

Denbigh Town

 

Cefn Albion 

Carno

 

Greenfield

 

Chirk AAA

Berriew

 

Holyhead Hotspur

 

Holywell Town

Four Crosses

 

Llandudno Albion

 

Llay Welfare

Kerry

 

Llanrwst United

 

Llanuwchllyn

Llansantffraid

 

Mynydd Llandegai

 

Mold Alex

Llandrindod Wells

 

Nantlle Vale

 

Penycae

Llanidloes

 

Penrhyndeudraeth

 

Queens Park

Montgomery Town

 

St Asaph City

 

Rhos Aelwyd

Radnor Valley

 

Barmouth & Dyffryn

 

Rhostyllen

Tywyn Bryncrug

 

Llandudno Amateurs

 

Rhydymwyn

Welshpool Town

 

CPD Llanefydd

 

Saltney Town

Machynllech

 

Y Felinheli

 

Lex XI

Rhayader 

 

Pwllheli

 

Llangollen Town

Penparcau 

 

Penmaenmawr Pheonix

   

Newbridge on Wye

 

Aberffraw

   

Dolgellau

       

Borth United

       

After a series of applications and interviews by the FAW the officers to administer the leagues on behalf of the FAW were appointed in 2019

A sponsorship deal was agreed with Lock Stock self storage and the two new FAW Northern league would be branded as - Lock Stock Ardal North East and Lock Stock Ardal North West

FOUNDER MEMBER

NORTH WEST   NORTH EAST
Blaenau Am.   Berriew
Brickfield   Bow Street
Brymbo   Caersws
Denbigh Town   Carno
Llandudno Albion   Cefn Albion
Llanrwst   Chirk AAA
Llanuwchllyn   Corwen
Llay Welfare   Four Crosses
Mold Alex   Kerry
Nantle Vale   Llanfair United
Porthmadog   Machynllech
Rhostyllen   Montgomery
Rhydymwyn   Penparcau
Saltney   Penycae
St Asaph   Rhos Aelwyd
Y Fellinheli   Welshpool
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