Licensed Academies – Categorisation for 2023/2024

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Following a review into the National Academy structure, a categorisation model has been implemented across the FAW Licensed Academies for the 2023/24 season.

All Clubs have had to deliver against quality assured criteria in both business and sporting facets, and uphold competitive integrity throughout in order to be reclassified into one of three Categories: 

  • Category A – deemed to offer the outstanding level of quality provision
  • Category B – deemed to offer high-quality developmental environment and full Academy pathway
  • Category C – deemed to offer a high-quality developmental environment but limited to a narrower number of Academy age groups 

The Football Association of Wales remain committed to improvements in the National Academy structure and will be allocating funding to support the Licensed Academies according to their Category status. In addition, the FAW will continue to deliver representative team experiences and diverse games programme offerings for the domestic talented player pool.

Twenty-five Clubs have been aspiring towards Categorisation during the 2022/23 season and offers have been allocated as follows:

FAW Licensed Academies – 2023/24

Category A offers:

Connahs Quay Nomads

The New Saints



Category B offers:

Airbus UK

Flint Town United

Caernarfon Town

Cardiff Met

Cambrian & Clydach Vale

Barry Town United

Pontypridd United

Briton Ferry Llansawel AFC

Llanelli AFC

Haverfordwest County

Category C offers:

Colwyn Bay

Bala Town

Aberystwyth Town

Carmarthen Town

Pontardawe Town

Merthyr Town

Licenses Rejected:

Cwmbran Celtic

Risca United

Taffs Well


Cefn Druids

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