DECISIONS OF THE FAW BOARDS ON THE RETURN TO PLAY STATUS

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 NATIONAL LEAGUE BOARD

The NLB has determined that an attempt will be made to complete the following leagues and competitions when the country either returns to Alert Level 3 in accordance with the Welsh Government Covid-19 Control Plan or when the ‘Elite Status’ as defined by Sport Wales is redesignated to that competition, whichever is the sooner: 

JD Cymru Premier
To continue under Elite Status. 
Proposed playing calendar: 5 March to 31 May.

Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League 
To continue under Elite Status. 
Proposed playing calendar: 5 March to 23 May.

JD Cymru North 
To continue under Elite Status. 
Proposed playing calendar: 20 March to 29 May.

JD Cymru South 
To continue under Elite Status. 
Proposed playing calendar: 20 March to 29 May.

Academy Leagues 
To resume at Alert Level 3 if Welsh Government Regulations permits.

Futsal League 
If Welsh Government regulations allow, attempts will be made to play the competition until UEFA window for champion nomination closes.

Nathaniel MG Cup
To continue if proposed playing calendar allows. 
Proposed playing calendar: March to 31 May.

Welsh Premier Women’s League Cup
To continue under elite status. 
Proposed playing calendar: 23 March to 23 May.

The NLB has decided that the following league competitions should be cancelled for the 2020/21 season: 

Ardal Leagues 
Cymru Premier Development League 
FAW Reserve League 
FAW Youth League

THE COMMUNITY GAME BOARD

The CGB has determined, given the increased numbers of U18s that can participate in outdoor activity, that an attempt will be made to complete junior competitions for the 2020/21 season when the country returns to Alert Level 3 in accordance with the Welsh Government Covid-19 Control Plan:

All Junior Leagues 
To resume at Alert Level 3 if Welsh Government Regulations permit.

The CGB has decided that the following competitions should be cancelled for the 2020/21 season: 

All leagues and Cups at Men’s Tier 4 and below 
All leagues and Cups at Women’s Tier 2 and below
All Area Association Cups
All Area Association Youth Leagues and Cups

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.  

Finally, the FAW has decided that should the Welsh Government Alert Levels change before the end of the season, 31 May – as detailed in the FAW Rules, clubs would be permitted to request the sanction of friendly matches. Further details on this will be distributed to Area Associations, Leagues and Clubs by the FAW Competitions Department. 

The full statement can be read here.