Clubs across Wales find out Tier Two Licence applications outcome

After a meeting at the FA Wales’ headquarters in Cardiff today, the First Instance Body has assessed the applications of clubs applying for the Tier Two Licence.

All across Wales, from the Cymru Alliance and its feeder leagues; The Welsh National League, Welsh Alliance League and Mid Wales League, as well as the South Wales based Welsh Football League had applicants apply for the right to be in the two respective divisions.

The decisions were made by the FAW Tier 2 First Instance Body, to assess the applicants for the 2018/2019 season.

“Clubs were assessed against a number of infrastructure criteria including; safety policy & evacuation plan, covered seating, pitch dimensions, dressing room & sanitary facilities.” said the Football Association of Wales.

FAW Tier 2 certification is a mandatory requirement for clubs to participate at Tier 2 of the Welsh Football Pyramid from the 2018/19 season onwards.

Thirty applications were made by clubs already playing in Tier Two, as well as 26 applicants from Tier Three.

Bangor City and Prestatyn Town who were relegated to the Cymru Alliance, have been deemed to have a Tier One regulation for their stadium, meaning they have met the Tier Two regulation. FC Queens Park were the only team in the Huws Gray Alliance to fail the licence but have been relegated after only one year in North Wales’ top division.

Despite finishing bottom of Division One in the Welsh League, Ton Pentre may now be handed a reprieve after Monmouth Town failed to obtain the licence whilst already relegated Caerau Ely failed to get the licence.

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Welsh Alliance league champions Conwy Borough have also been awarded the licence, after securing their return to the division yesterday, after beating Llanberis at Y Morfa.

There are a number of ground moves for some clubs, in order to meet the regulations. Cwmbran Celtic have moved to local rivals Goytre and Mid Wales League side Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant have moved to the home of Llansantffraid Village.

Both Division Two promotion hopefuls AFC Ammanford and STM Sports will move grounds. West Wales’ AFC Ammanford will move to Briton Ferry Llansawel where they previously played their games, whilst Cardiff based STM Sports will move to Taffs Well. Pontypridd Town are also in contention of promotion but have initially been denied the licence.

Of the remaining applications, the following clubs were not granted Tier 2 Certification for the 2018/19 season:

  • FC Queens Park (Huws Gray Alliance)
  • Caerau Ely (Welsh Football League)
  • Monmouth Town (Welsh Football League)
  • Abergavenny Town (Welsh Football League)
  • Caldicot Town (Welsh Football League)
  • Pontardawe Town (Welsh Football League)
  • Pontypridd Town (Welsh Football League)
  • Llanrug United (Welsh Alliance League)
  • Corwen (Welsh National League)
  • Llanuwchllyn (Welsh National League)
  • Chirk AAA (Welsh National League)
  • Berriew (Mid Wales League)
  • Carno (Mid Wales League)
  • Knighton Town (Mid Wales League)
  • Llandrindod Wells (Mid Wales League)
  • Welshpool Town (Mid Wales League)

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2 thoughts on “Clubs across Wales find out Tier Two Licence applications outcome”

  1. Sean says:

    Just shows what a ridiculous concept Welsh Football is. Makes a complete mockery of it.

    1. Eric Hall says:

      Surely you mean that what is a ridiculous concept is that there hasn’t been one up until now.
      Every other league in Europe that I can think of has licensing arrangements, and it’s a regular factor that promotion and relegation in other leagues is decided as much by licensing as by performance on the field.
      You need to ask Falkirk about what happened to their promotion to the SPL a few years ago.
      Or AP Leamington’s promotion to the Conference in the mid-80s
      Or Kidderminster Harriers’ promotion to the Football League in 1994.
      And you’ll find, lower down the pyramid in England, that there will be relegations and failed promotion attempts every season – and we’ll be seeing more than a few this season too.
      Far too much football in Wales is run by far too many dinosaurs who think that standing knee-deep in mud or on a cinder bank in the open air in a rainstorm is the way to go. “What was good enough for my Grandad back in the days when we didn’t have crossbars and goalkeepers will be good enough for my Grandson, and players can leap into the communal bath after the game or walk home dirty”.
      Times are changing rapidly these days and peoples’ expectations are changing even more rapidly. And clubs need to keep up with the times or they will all die off.
      Anyone here remember the Workingmen’s Clubs???

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