FAW announce major restructure

The Welsh FA have announced a new structure to their women’s football divisions.

A statement from the FAW has laid out new plans for the Welsh domestic leagues. This comes following an extensive review and consultation process with stakeholders.

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The changes are in the form of a new pyramid structure. The new format will encompass the whole of the domestic women’s game in Wales.

The statement confirms that the goal is to ‘provide competitive women’s football appropriate to playing standards, economic means, geographical location, facilities and club structure.’

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“Tier 1 remains a National League administered by the FAW,” the statement continued. “With the champions qualifying for the UEFA Women’s Champions League”.

“The changes will help ensure a competitive national league of the highest standard, with all clubs working within the same framework.”

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Changes include introducing mandatory under-19 developmental teams for every side in the Welsh Premier League. A new development league will be introduced for these teams.

Head of Women’s and Girls football at the FAW, Lowri Roberts is enthusiastic about the upcoming changes.

“It will provide a stronger platform for clubs to prepare to step into the Tier 1,” Roberts said. “And therefore create a more sustainable domestic pyramid and a more competitive national league.”

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The FAW hope to achieve this by introducing a criteria for clubs to be able to play in the top two divisions.

This will ensure that they are readily prepared for the financial strain that comes along with being in one of the premier divisions.

Roberts also said that it became ‘very clear’ that the transition from under-16 to senior football needs to be looked at. She claims the current structure doesn’t ‘support player retention.’

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