Two of the JD Welsh Premier League’s biggest clubs have been refused an FAW domestic licence by the organisation’s independent first instance body this afternoon.
Bangor City and the Connah’s Quay Nomads’ place in the JD Welsh Premier League is in jeopardy after both clubs failed the FAW Domestic Licence.
Both clubs, who meet in the JD Welsh Cup semi-finals this weekend, have had their applications for the 2018/2019 season rejected by the First Instance Body.
The decision was made after a meeting in the FAW headquarters in Cardiff, where the governing body assessed 11 UEFA Domestic Licence applications and 17 Tier One applications.
Prestatyn Town, who were relegated from the JD Welsh Premier League last weekend, withdrew their application.
The full statement on the FAW’s official website read:
The FAW Club Licensing First Instance Body has met today (6 April 2018) to consider UEFA and FAW Tier 1 applications for the 2018/19 season.
The meeting took place at the Association’s headquarters in Cardiff to assess and consider the 11 UEFA and 17 FAW Tier 1 applications.
14 of the 17 applications for a Tier 1 licence have been successful. This includes Caernarfon Town, Airbus UK Broughton, Rhyl and Flint Town United of the Huws Gray Alliance, and Haverfordwest County of the Welsh Football League, which means these clubs are now eligible for promotion to the JD Welsh Premier League should they achieve it through their league position.
9 of the current JD Welsh Premier League sides were awarded the Tier 1 Licence. All clubs who successfully attained the Tier 1 Licence have also been successful in achieving a UEFA Licence
An FAW Tier 1 Licence is required for clubs to participate in the JD Welsh Premier League and for those clubs who qualify for European competitions, a UEFA Licence is also a pre-requisite.
The Club Licensing system aims to assist the continual improvement and development of football clubs at the top level within Wales. Licensing is a transparent process that enables clubs to demonstrate to their stakeholders that they meet quality standards.
The Panel extended its congratulations to those clubs successful in attaining Tier 1 and UEFA licences.
Those clubs who have been refused a Licence by the First Instance Body, have ten days in which to submit an appeal. Should an application of appeal be received by the FAW, an Appeals Body will meet in Cardiff on Thursday 26 April 2018.
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