The Football Association of Wales Board of Directors (the FAW Board) have today (19 May) ratified the recommendationof the National LeagueBoardand agreedto curtail the 2019/20 season for Tiers 1 to 4. The decision has been taken as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with Welsh Government’s lockdown guidelines and measures.
The FAW Board took into consideration the health and safety of all those involved with these leagues. Furthermore, the FAW Board also considered the specific economic and financial impactof attempting to finish the season during the pandemic and therefore felt it was imperative not to risk the long-term financial stability of the leagues and their clubs.
It was also recognised that the JD Cymru Premier could not be concluded prior to the deadline set by UEFA for European competition entry.
Clubs in the JD Cymru Premier, JD Cymru North, JD Cymru South and the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League were consulted onhow the season should be concluded. The views and information provided by the clubs were communicated to the FAW National League Board and the FAW Board of Directors. The FAW Board agreed that Tier 1 to 4 leagues would be curtailed and that an unweighted points per game method be applied to determine the final standings.
As a consequence, the European Play-Offs in the JD Cymru Premier will not take place. As a result, the JD Cymru Premier and Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League European competition nominations were determined as follows:
UEFA Champions League – Connah’s Quay Nomads (1st Place)
UEFA Europa League – The New Saints (2nd Place)
UEFA Europa League – Bala Town (3rd Place)
UEFA Women’s Champions League –Swansea City Ladies (1st Place)
UEFA will be formally notified of these nominations prior to the 25 May deadline. Finally, the FAW Board decided that the prize money for the JD Cymru Premier, JD Cymru North, JD Cymru South and the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League would be distributed in accordance tothe final league positions after the points per game method was applied. The FAW Board are yet to decide on promotion and relegation between leagues with a decision to be made in due course, taking into account full consideration of the FAW’s Pyramid Regulations.