Welsh FA agree to curtail domestic season after recent government guidelines

Wed, May 20 2020

The Football Association of Wales have ratified the recommendation of the Welsh National League Board and agreed to 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 statement read: “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 impact of 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.”

It was 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 and as a result, the European Play-Offs in the top-flight 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. 

The JD Welsh Cup has also been postponed, and will be played at a later date as the ‘FAW is not able to determine a domestic cup winner on sporting merit’

All adult recreational football has also  been curtailed with league standings finalised via the points per game method.