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Welsh Football League

Welsh Football League
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Founded1904 (as Rhymney Valley League Division 1)
Country Wales
Number of teams48 (16 in each division)
Level on pyramid1 (1904–1992)
2, 3 and 4 (1992–present)
Promotion toWelsh Premier League
Relegation toCarmarthenshire League Premier Division
Gwent County League Division One
Neath & District League Premier Division
Pembrokeshire League Division One
South Wales Amateur League Division One
South Wales Senior League Division One
Swansea Senior League Division One
Domestic cup(s)Welsh Cup
Welsh Football League Cup
Current championsLlanelli Town
WebsiteLeague Website
2017–18 Welsh Football League Division One

The Welsh Football League (also known as the Nathaniel Car Sales Welsh Football League for sponsorship reasons) is a club football league in Wales. Division One of the Welsh Football League is at Level 2 of the Welsh football league system, immediately below the national Welsh Premier League.

The Welsh Football League's history stretches back to 1904 when the competition was first formed and Aberdare were crowned first champions of a seven-team First Division. Abergavenny were champions of Division 2 and Trelewis the winners of Division 3.

The first season in 1904–05

In April 1904, the Merthyr Express newspaper reported that a new football league would be formed in addition to the South Wales League which had been in existence since 1891.

This new competition would be named the Rhymney Valley League and the reason for its creation was due to the South Wales League being overly dominated by Cardiff clubs, though the number of teams from Cardiff barely numbered more than a couple in any one season.[1]


As of 2017/18 the Welsh Football League Division One comprised 16 teams, with the bottom two relegated to Welsh Football League Division Two and the top team promoted to the Welsh Premier League.[2]

Current Divisions


  1. ^ "South Wales League History". Welsh Football Data Archive (WFDA). Archived from the original on 2011-08-17. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  2. ^ Karel Stokkermans and Roberto Di Maggio (5 July 2018). "Second Level". Wales 2017/18. RSSSF. Retrieved 19 August 2018.

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