Changes made to Nathaniel MG Cup format as new trophy debuts
Winners of the Nathaniel MG Cup will qualify for the Irn Bro-Cup, the Welsh Premier League have announced.
The Welsh Premier League have implemented a number of changes to the format of the Nathaniel MG Cup.
The competition has also been expanded, to include the whole of the second tier, in both the North and South.
Wildcard spaces will now be allotted to teams in the third tier, with one from each division.
The Football Association of Wales takes control of the second tier of Welsh football this summer, which has allowed them to expand the competition.
Should the winner of the MG Cup win the Welsh Premier League, then second place in the League will earn the spot.
Although not nailed down, there is a possibility that extra time will be removed from games, with it going straight to penalties. This will be decided in June.
Twenty-eight teams will enter in Round One, with clubs who don’t possess floodlights. The fourteen winners will then join the eighteen teams in Round Two, the draw will be seeded to avoid an all-Welsh Premier League clash.
Round One will be regionalised, up until the semi-final stage.
The JD Welsh Premier League has also revealed a new look Nathaniel MG Cup ahead of Saturday’s final.
The trophy was revealed on yesterday’s episode of Mwy o Sgorio by Dylan Ebeneezer and Owain Tudur-Jones.
The victor of the all-South Walian final between Cambrian & Clydach Vale and Cardiff Metropolitan at Jenner Park Stadium will be the first side to lift the new trophy.
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