Curtailment of 2019/20 season
UPDATE ON END OF SEASON
You may by now be aware of the FAW Board’s decision to curtail the football season in Wales at all levels.
The FAW Board has decided that League standings are to be finalised via the ‘points per game method’ but that no decisions have yet been made with regard to promotions or relegations. We have written to the FAW requesting clarity of the situation, also highlighting the position in South Wales with regards to the use of play-offs. We are also seeking clarity as to if the decision about awarding League titles on ‘points per game’ also applies to junior competitions.
As soon as we have further clarity, we will be in touch with all Leagues.
Updated 20 May 2020 at 14:47
The FAW Board met yesterday and agreed that to determine final league standings will be via the points per game method across all levels of football, which includes junior and youth.
To determine final league standings:
The number of points gained in the 2019/20 League table, is divided by the number of matches played in the 2019/20 League table, to determine a Points Per Game (PPG) total for every Club. Where two or more Clubs are on the same PPG total, the same methodology is applied for Goal Difference and so on, but this should be in accordance with the respective League Rules of how clubs with equal number of points are separated.
CURTAILMENT OF YOUTH & JUNIOR FOOTBALL
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) have made the decision for the curtailment of mini, junior and youth football leagues in Wales. As a result, this brings an end to the 2019/2020 season with immediate effect due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A decision on the conclusion and method of ending the season will be discussed later this month by the FAW Board of Directors.
The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.
The 2020/2021 season will only start when it is safe to do so, therefore a start date is not possible to confirm at this time.
The FAW will advise later this month with an update concerning the season’s conclusion.
UPDATE ON SENIOR FOOTBALL – FAW CIRCULAR 15.05.2020
Please be advised that further to the previous FAW Board decision of 17th April 2020, the current suspension of all domestic football in Wales is extended automatically until 12th June, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The statement below, previously issued by FAW insurance providers Bluefin, is still in effect.
“Neither the Countycover Liability insurance package or Personal Accident insurance arranged through the Football Association of Wales will respond to claims if clubs continue to provide sessions which is against the advice of the Government and Governing Body.
“This includes clubs arranging matches, training sessions, friendlies, competitions and tournaments.
“Furthermore, as Personal Accident insurance does not provide cover in respect of Sickness, Disease or Illness, there is no cover for a person contracting COVID-19 whilst playing or training.
“There is an obligation for all officials to take all reasonable precautions to ensure the wellbeing of members and we thank you for your co-operation at this unprecedented time.”
Above all, the most important priority for the FAW is the health and wellbeing of everyone. The FAW encourages everyone to follow the advice of the UK & Welsh Governments and Public Health Wales. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the pandemic.