The First Instance Body (FIB) met remotely on 6 April to assess and consider the 11 UEFA and FAW Tier 1 applications for the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League.
This is the first time that Club Licensing has been implemented for the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League in order to support the growth and development of clubs in the top tier of Women’s football in Wales. It also prepares clubs should they be nominated to represent Wales in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Licensing is a transparent process that enables clubs to demonstrate to their stakeholders that they meet quality standards.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Panel took full consideration of any restrictions the clubs may have encountered in their Licence application as a result of the situation.
The current eight members of the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League clubs all applied for the Tier 1 Licence, with a further three clubs applying from Tier 2. Meanwhile, two clubs were considered for the UEFA Licence.
Clubs are assessed on the following criteria:
- Sporting: Youth & Coaching
- Personnel & Administration
- Financial and Codes of Practice
The FAW Tier 1 Licence is required for clubs to participate in the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League and for those clubs who qualify for European competitions, a UEFA Licence is also a pre-requisite.
The independent FIB Panel has decided on the following:
FAW Tier 1 Licence and UEFA Licence for 2020/21 Season (2 clubs)
- Cardiff Met
- Swansea City
FAW Tier 1 Licence for 2020/21 Season (6 clubs)
- Barry Town United
- Briton Ferry Llansawel
- Cascade YC
- Port Talbot Town
Refused FAW Tier 1 Licence for 2020/21 Season (3 clubs)
- Aberystwyth Town
- Caldicot Town
- Cardiff City
The FIB Panel extended its congratulations to those clubs successful in attaining Tier 1 and UEFA licences.
Those clubs who have been refused a Licence by the First Instance Body, have ten days in which to submit an appeal.