Fifteen clubs have applied for the eight spaces in Tier 1 for the 2021/22 season following an open application process to determine the clubs who will be granted a place in the reformed Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League.
In May 2020, the FAW announced ambitious plans to reform the National League (Tier 1) and new regionalised northern and southern leagues at Tier 2.
The open application process will determine the clubs that best support the Football Association of Wales’ aims for the development of the domestic game and raising the standards at the top levels of the Women’s game, including the new requirement for an U19’s development team.
A further 22 clubs have applied for the 16 available spaces in Tier 2.
Ianthe Mumford, WPWL General Manager, was pleased with the response to the open application process and said: “It’s fantastic to see so many clubs signal their ambitions to help grow and support our domestic game.
“The restructure of the top two tiers of women’s football is a bold step forward and I’m very pleased to see so many are on board with our vision for developing our national league and I look forward to working together to realise our potential.”
The confirmed Tier 1 applicants are as follows:
- Aberystwyth Town
- Barry Town United
- Briton Ferry Llansawel
- Caldicot Town
- Cardiff Bluebelles
- Cardiff City
- Cardiff Met
- Cascade YC
- Merthyr Town
- Port Talbot
- Swansea City
- Swansea University
- The New Saints
For full details on the next phase of the licensing process and for information on the Tier 2 applicants, please click here.