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FAW Championship

FAW Championship
Founded2019
CountryWales
Number of teams33
Level on pyramid2
(Welsh football league system)
Promotion toWelsh Premier League
Relegation toWelsh Football League Division Two
Welsh National League (Wrexham Area)
Welsh Alliance League
Mid Wales Football League
Domestic cup(s)Welsh FA Cup
Welsh League Cup

The FAW Championship[1] is a football league in Wales. It has semi-professional status clubs and is at the second level of the Welsh football league system. The first year of its operation will be 2019-20 with the Football Association of Wales owning and administering the Tier 2 leagues for the first time. These changes follow from a review of the Welsh Football Pyramid.[2]

The league is split into two regionally-based leagues, the FAW Championship North & Mid covering clubs playing in North and Mid Wales, and the FAW Championship South & Mid covering clubs playing in South and Mid Wales. The winners of each division are eligible for promotion to the Welsh Premier League, subject to the clubs meeting FAW criteria for Tier 1 grounds, playing facilities and financial operations.

Relegation from the Championship North & Mid is to three regional based Tier 3 leagues - the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area), the Welsh Alliance League and the Mid Wales Football League. The Championship South & Mid has relegation to the Tier 3 Welsh Football League Division Two.

52 teams applied for Tier 2 certification[3] with teams assessed against a number of infrastructure criteria including; safety policy & evacuation plan, covered seating, pitch dimensions, dressing room & sanitary facilities required to be granted Tier 2 certification. Following on from the meeting of the FAW's first decision body, 43 clubs were successful in gaining Tier 2 certification.[4]

Teams for 2019-20 season

Based on the previous clubs of the Cymru Alliance and the Welsh Football League Division One, relegations from the Premier League and promotions from the feeder leagues, the clubs are expected to be as follows:

Championship North & Mid

The North & Mid will be a seventeen club league and will feature Colwyn Bay, returning to the Welsh Football pyramid.[5]

Notes
  1. ^ Bangor are subject to a 42 point deduction which would see them finish bottom of the 2018–19 Cymru Alliance and not eligible for this league. This is subject to appeal.

Championship South & Mid

The South & Mid will be a sixteen club league.

Relegation

Teams relegated from the Championship at the end of the 2019–20 season will drop to the newly established FAW League One which will operate for the first time for the 2020–21 season.

See also

References

  1. ^ [www.wnl.org.uk]
  2. ^ [www.faw.cymru]
  3. ^ [clwbpeldroed.org]
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag "FAW Tier 2 appeals body decisions". Football Association of Wales. 8 May 2019.
  5. ^ English-tier club Colwyn Bay to return to Welsh leagues BBC Sport, 7 March 2019
  6. ^ "FAW Tier 2 appeals body decisions". Football Association of Wales. 22 May 2019.
  7. ^ [clwbpeldroed.org]