On 29 January, the Welsh Government announced that the country will remain at Alert Level 4. As a result, football remains impacted as detailed below.

Wales is currently in an Alert Level 4 lockdown as per the Welsh Government’s COVID-19 control plan. 

Football is impacted in the following ways: 

  • All non-professional and non-elite (as defined by Sport Wales from time to time) activity, including all junior football, detailed in the FAWs Return to Play Protocols, will be suspended during this period.
  • The FAW urges everyone to follow the Welsh Government guidelines during the Alert Level 4 lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Welsh Government has released detailed guidance and a COVID-19 control plan regarding the Alert Level 4 system that is currently imposed. 

As a result of the Alert Level 4 lockdown Sport Wales confirmed the decision of the National Sport Group (NSG) to remove the elite status designation provided to the top levels of football in Wales:

  • JD Cymru Premier
  • Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League
  • JD Cymru North
  • JD Cymru South

The NSG includes representation from Sport Wales, Welsh Sports Association, Welsh Government and Commonwealth Games Wales to consider the elite status designation.  

The decision by the NSG has been made in the context of the rapidly developing public health crisis here in Wales.   

The NSG has confirmed that the elite status designation will be automatically re-instated under lower Alert Levels. 

The FAW urges everyone to follow the Welsh Government guidelines during the lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19.