The Football Association of Wales has today (31 May) announced the clubs that will play in the new Tier 1 and Tier 2 leagues in the 2021/22 season, replacing the Welsh Premier Women’s League.
In August, the FAW will unveil a new visual identity and name for the top two tiers and the new U19s league, signalling a new era of domestic women’s football in Wales.
WPWL Club Representative on FAW Council, Gail Powell, said: “The new structure will have a major impact on development and sustainability and we are looking forward to the new season in 2021/22 with a new look Tier 1, Tier 2 and U19s divisions.”
The re-structure was implemented following a full review of the pyramid in 2020, which included consultation with clubs, players, leagues and officials at all levels. The outcome highlighted key changes required in the top two tiers of the pyramid whilst also addressing the significant gap between U16s and senior football.
The new pyramid structure includes eight teams in Tier 1 and the introduction of a new regional Tier 2 league in the North and South, also with eight in each league and a new U19s league in north and south Wales. The clubs were selected following a rigorous independent licensing process and a thorough review of clubs development and sustainability plans.
More details on the process can be found on FAW.Cymru.
The clubs in Tier 1 and Tier 2 for the 2021/22 season are as follows:
· Aberystwyth Town
· Barry Town United
· Cardiff City
· Cardiff Met University
· Pontypridd Town
· Port Talbot Town
· Swansea City
· The New Saints
Tier 2 North:
· Airbus UK Broughton
· Connah’s Quay Nomads
· Denbigh Town
· Llanfair United
Tier 2 South:
· Briton Ferry Llansawel
· Caldicot Town
· Cardiff Bluebelles
· Cascade YC
· Merthyr Town
· Swansea University
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