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FAW Tier 1 Licence Applicants Confirmed

Twenty-five clubs have applied for the FAW Tier 1 Licence for the 2023/24 season. 

All 12 JD Cymru Premier clubs have applied, along with four clubs from JD Cymru North and nine clubs from JD Cymru South.

The Club Licensing system aims to assist the continual improvement and development of football clubs at the top level within Wales. 

Applicants

JD Cymru Premier (Tier 1)

Aberystwyth Town

Airbus UK Broughton

Bala Town

Caernarfon Town

Cardiff Met University

Connah’s Quay Nomads

Flint Town United

Haverfordwest County

Penybont

Pontypridd United

Newtown

The New Saints

JD Cymru North (Tier 2)

Buckley Town

Cefn Druids

Colwyn Bay

Llandudno

JD Cymru South (Tier 2)

Ammanford

Barry Town United

Briton Ferry Llansawel

Cambrian & Clydach BGC

Carmarthen Town

Goytre United

Llanelli Town

Llantwit Major

Taffs Well

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? 

Clubs in Tier 1 and Tier 2 had until 30 September to submit their applications for a Tier 1 Licence for the 2022/23 season. The confirmed applicants are detailed above. 

During November and December, site visits to their stadia will be arranged and club audits will be completed, including the assessment of their licensing documentation. 

By 1 March 2023, any ground sharing agreements must be submitted in accordance with the FAW Pyramid Regulations.

All club licensing documentation must be finalised and submitted to the FAW by 31 March 2023. 

The full Tier 1 Club Licensing Core Process can be viewed by clicking the button below.

Club Licensing Core Process

DECISIONS 

Clubs are assessed on the following criteria: 

  • Sporting
  • Football Social Responsibility
  • Infrastructure 
  • Legal
  • Personnel
  • Financial

An independent First Instance Body (FIB), consisting of experts with relevant experience, will sit on 6 April 2023 to assess the applicants against the criteria detailed above. The decisions of the FIB will be communicated to the applicants on the same day. 

For those clubs who have failed to attain the Tier 1 Licence, the FIB will provide written reasons for their failure and the club(s) will be invited to submit an appeal by 16 April 2023. 

An independent Appeals Body, also consisting of experts, will sit to consider the appeals on 20 April 2023. Decisions will be communicated to the appellants on the same day. The decision of the Appeals Body is final.