Football Association of Wales considering restructure of Welsh football pyramid

Welsh football could be set for an overhaul as the Football Association of Wales have pondered the idea of a possible restructuring of the pyramid system.

The Welsh Football League and the Cymru Alliance would be the most affected, which could bring an end to the Mid Wales League, should the plans happen.

Two tier leagues named the ‘FAW Championship North & Mid’ and the ‘FAW Championship South & Mid’ have been touted.

Currently, the Mid Wales League feeds into the Cymru Alliance but this move could allow clubs in the Mid Wales region to play in two separate divisions, based on geographical position.

Division One of the Welsh Football League, receives three teams from the Welsh Football League Division Two, whilst the North Walian equivalent, receives three promotions from three separate leagues; the Welsh Alliance League, the Welsh National League and the Mid Wales League.

The move would also allow the Football Association of Wales to take control of the second tier fo Welsh football, similarly to how they control the Welsh Premier League.

The Football Association have posted on their official website, on the structuring that clubs have agreed to consider moving forward.

“Tier 1

Full Member Clubs who have obtained the Tier 1 licence playing at National League level, aspiring to play in European football. The League is administered by the FAW.

Tier 2

Full Member Clubs who have obtained the Tier 2 Ground Regulations and playing at National League level, aspiring to play at Tier 1 of the Pyramid. The League is administered by the FAW with a Tier 2 licence a potential future development.

Tier 3

Full Member Clubs who have obtained the Tier 3 Ground Regulations playing at Regional League level, aspiring to play within the National System. The League is administered by a Directly Affiliated League, on behalf of the FAW.

The structure and criteria for Tier 4 and below to be discussed by the FAW Community Game Board.”

Both the Football Association of Wales and the clubs involved will continue to speak about the plans later in the month.

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