South Wales Alliance League restructure from 2023-24

Following discussions between the League and the South Wales FA, the League will undergo its’ biggest changes since formation from the start of the 2023/2024 season. The current set up of three divisions of sixteen clubs will move to four divisions of twelve with a Premier Division, Division One and two regionalised Division Twos. Clubs will spend 2022/23 playing for their places in the new set up although promotions and relegations will still also occur Read more…

Referees Course – special offer

The shortage of referees in the Area (and throughout football generally) is now very severe. We need to encourage more people into refereeing and to this end, the South Wales FA is announcing a special offer to all those who wish to sign up for a full referees’ course.
We will offer you the chance to have your course fees reimbursed over three or six months after you have completed the course and officiated in matches. The courses are available at and if you take the £25 or £70 options, you will get fees refunded at three or six months once you have completed the specified number of matches in the terms and conditions.
The offer is open immediately and the next final session course in the South Wales FA area is on Sunday 7 November at the USW Grounds in Treforest.

The offer is to give refunds of course fees to anyone who enrols and completes either the full course (no kit or extras) for £25 or the full course with extras for £70.
The offer is open to all who register for the course from 11 October 2021 and can be witrdrawn by the Association at any time.
Refund levels
Basic course (no kit) – full refund (£25) after three months once the candidate has completed six games on COMET (whichever occurs later)
Full course – part refund (£35) after three months once the candidate has completed eight games on COMET, remainder refunded once the candidate has completed fifteen games on COMET or at six months, whichever is later. These games must all be completed within twelve months of the candidate completing the practical day.
The candidate’s postal address must be within the South Wales FA area and all matches must be within SWFA affiliated competitions.
Qualifying games must be competition matches and must be able to be verified on COMET – Sunday leagues and friendlies would not therefore be counted in this

South Wales FA Strategy Review

Back in May, we wrote to all clubs and officials with an initial questionnaire about the SWFA and its activities. From that, we have constructed a second, more detailed questionnaire to help the Association frame a strategy for the next few years. Much of this has been based upon the answers we have received from the first questionnaire and we are now looking to drill down on some of the matters raised in more detail. Read more…

SWFA Cup Competitions 2021/2022

Entries are now open for South Wales FA Cup competitions for the new season. The following competitions can now be entered via the appropriate links on COMET Loosemore’s South Wales FA Senior Cup – fee £20SWFA Intermediate Cup – fee £20South Wales FA Women’s Cup – fee £20SWFA Girls u-15 Cup – free entrySWFA Girls u-14 Cup – free entry Please note – clubs cannot enter the Loosemore’s SWFA Senior Read more…

Wanted – a social media officer

The Association is looking to appoint a designated social media co-ordinator. The person appointed will have a major role in developing our on-line presence, producing good content, updating channels, and analysing usage data where appropriate. They will not be a member of Council of the SWFA and can retain any existing positions held if they wish but will be expected to attend meetings on an ad hoc basis to give a report on activities. • Read more…

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—faw-liability-summary-2019to20_v1.pdf