Women's First Instance Body Club Licensing Decisions 2021
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9 April 2021

Women's First Instance Body Club Licensing Decisions 2021

For the second-year clubs wishing to compete in Tier 1 have undergone the licensing process, while a Tier 2 Licence was introduced for the first time. In addition, clubs wishing to be the Welsh representative in the UEFA Women’s Champions League must also achieve the UEFA Licence.

The First Instance Body (FIB) consisted of two legal experts and a women’s football expert. 

The Panel met to consider a total of 34 clubs, of which 10 of the 14 applications for a Tier 1 Licence have been successful, with 4 also received a UEFA Licence. A further 18 clubs were awarded a Tier 2 Licence. 

Clubs are assessed on the following criteria:

  • Sporting: Youth & Coaching
  • Infrastructure
  • Legal
  • Personnel 
  • Financial and 
  • Codes of Practice

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. 

For the 2021/22 season, as part of the restructure of the Women’s Pyramid, the FAW are implementing an ‘open application’ process, whereby clubs at any level could apply to be in Tier 1 or Tier 2. The format, to be used for this year only, requires clubs to achieve the relevant licence in ‘Phase 1’ before being invited to present Club Development Plans in ‘Phase 2’ where the final decisions of the make-up of Tier 1, Tier 2 North and South shall be confirmed. 

Following today’s meeting, the independent FIB Panel has decided on the following: 

 

UEFA Licence for 2021/22 Season (4 clubs)

  • Cardiff City Women
  • Cardiff Met
  • Cyncoed (to be renamed Pontypridd Town)
  • Swansea City

 

FAW Tier 1 Licence for 2021/22 Season (10 clubs)

  • Abergavenny 
  • Aberystwyth Town
  • Barry Town 
  • Briton Ferry Llansawel 
  • Cardiff City Women
  • Cardiff Met
  • Cyncoed (to be renamed Pontypridd Town)
  • Port Talbot 
  • Swansea City
  • The New Saints 

 

FAW Tier 2 Licence for 2021/22 Season (18 clubs)

 

North

  • Airbus UK Broughton
  • Amlwch Town
  • Bethel 
  • Colwyn Bay
  • Connah’s Quay Nomads 
  • Denbigh Town
  • Llandudno 
  • Llanfair United
  • Llanystumdwy
  • North Football Association 
  • Pwllheli 
  • Wrexham 

 

South

  • Aberdare Town
  • Baglan BG Junior
  • Coed Duon 
  • FC Talycopa 
  • Pontardawe Town
  • Swansea University 

 

Refused FAW Tier 1 Licence for 2021/22 Season (4 clubs)

  • Caldicot Town
  • Cardiff Bluebelles
  • Cascade YC
  • Merthyr Town

 

Refused FAW Tier 2 Licence for 2021/22 Season (2 clubs)

  • Aberaman 
  • Cwmbran Celtic

 

FAW Tier 2 Withdrawn Applications (3 clubs)

  • Clwb Pel Droed Merched Bangor
  • Dafen Welfare FC
  • Northop Hall Girls Junior FC

 

The FIB Panel extended its congratulations to those clubs successful in attaining Tier 1, Tier 2 and UEFA licences and wishes them luck in Phase 2. 

In Phase 2, clubs will present their development plans to a panel of experts where the final 8 teams for Tier 1, Tier 2 North and Tier 2 South will be selected. 

Those clubs who have been refused a Licence by the First Instance Body, have ten days in which to submit an appeal. The Appeals Panel, if required, is scheduled to sit on 22 April.