Wanted – an Assistant Referees’ Officer

The Association is now looking to recruit an Assistant Referees’ Officer. We are looking for someone to work in conjunction with the Association Referees’ Officer dealing with new referees and newly-qualified referees, COMET registrations, organising training sessions and covering for the Referees’ Officer when appropriate. The succsessful candidate will have an appropriate level of experience and have a valid DBS (this will be arranged if not already held). If you are interested or want to Read more…

Referees Officer

We wish to advise you that Carl Daughters has decided to step down from his post as Referees’ Officer for the South Wales Football Association. It’s a post that Carl has held since 2003 and he was the longest serving SWFA Officer of those in post at the start of this season. In this time, a tremendous amount of change has occurred in the development and training of referees and Carl had a very large role in overseeing Read more…

Policy on player suspensions during pre-season friendly matches

The Association Board has been considering the issue of managing suspensions during pre-season friendly matches.It has been recognised that there are a number of players and club officials who have an incomplete suspension from last season and if FAW Rules are followed to the letter, these individuals would not be allowed to take part in any friendly matches arranged before any competition season starts. We agree this may be unfair on individuals in the current climate Read more…

Smoking on the touchlines at children’s football matches is being banned by the Football Association of Wales.

A total of 522 junior clubs affiliated to the FAW will be required to enforce the ban and will have to tell spectators that smoking is not allowed. It is being phased in this month at under-12s games and will then be expanded to take in under-14s. Smokers’ group Forest said the number of smokers at games would be small and “most eyes will be on the football”. Clubs are being given promotional material to Read more…

Public Liability Cover for Clubs 2020-21

As in previous seasons, all affiliated clubs benefit from public liability cover provided by the FA of Wales via Bluefin Sport. The 2020-21 policy has now been made available and is accessed via the FAW website at https://faw.bluefinsport.co.uk/media-library/bluefin-sport/pdfs/faw-microsite/0311-0520—faw-liability-summary-2019to20_v1.pdf

Promotion to the South Wales Alliance Football League Division 2 from local Leagues

The Association met tonight to consider the issue of promotion from local leagues to Division Two of the South Wales Alliance Football League. Although we had hoped to be able to arrange play-off matches as in previous years, this has proved impossible owing to the COVID 19 situation and we have been advised it is unlikely we will be given permission to arrange such games prior to the start of the new season. Accordingly, it Read more…

Promotions and Relegations within the South Wales Alliance Football League

The South Wales Football Association has been considering the matter of promotion and relegation both to and from the South Wales Alliance League and within the League itself. We have taken note of the League Rules, particularly rules 2.2.7 to 2.2.9, section C3.3 of the constitution and the FAW Board decision of 16 June 2020. Following the FAW announcement of the composition of the new Tier 3 Leagues for season 2020/21, Aberdare Town have been Read more…

South Wales FA affiliation fees 2020/21

The Association has considered its fee structure for affiliations for season 2020/21. We are cognisant that season 2019/20 was curtailed and that at the time of writing, it is uncertain how much of season 2020/21 will actually be played. We are conscious of the costs that clubs have incurred and the strain on their usual income streams and wish to look at offering support to clubs for the coming season. We are also pleased to Read more…

END OF SEASON PLAY-OFF STRUCTURE

The association has now announced the format of play-off matches to decided promotion to the South Wales Alliance Football League at the end of the 2019-20 season. At present we have eighteen teams from eight different Leagues who have correctly submitted applications and therefore a play-off competition will be required.. If more than three teams are successful in winning their League then a play-off competition will be necessary. The Play-Off Structure If there are four Read more…

Junior Referees

The South Wales Football Association has decided to follow the practice of the North East Wales FA and several English Counties in introducing yellow armbands for referees who are under the age of 18. The aim is to make players, coaches and spectators aware that the referee themselves is still a minor. The scheme has the support of the FAW Referees’ Committee The armbands are designed to identify younger referees and ensure that they are Read more…