On 23 February 2021, the JD Cymru Premier and the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League have had their ‘Elite Status’ reinstated by the National Sport Group. Click here for more information.
Although the country remains at Alert Level 4 of the Welsh Government Control Plan, clubs in these leagues can prepare for the resumption of fixtures under the FAW’s strict Return to Play COVID-19 protocols.
An update to these protocols have been published today (2 March 2021) and can be downloaded below.
The National League Board, the National Cup Board and the Community Game Board have provided an update on the status of competitions and relevant fees due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The decisions by the relevant Boards have taken into account the current Welsh Government guidelines and measures in relation to COVID-19 with the health and safety of everyone involved being of the utmost importance.
Read more by clicking here.
On 29 January, the Welsh Government announced that the country will remain at Alert Level 4.
As a result, football remains impacted as detailed below.
Wales is currently in an Alert Level 4 lockdown as per the Welsh Government's COVID-19 control plan.
Football is impacted in the following ways:
- All non-professional and non-elite (as defined by Sport Wales from time to time) activity, including all junior football, detailed in the FAWs Return to Play Protocols, will be suspended during this period.
- The FAW urges everyone to follow the Welsh Government guidelines during the Alert Level 4 lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19.
As a result of the Alert Level 4 lockdown Sport Wales confirmed the decision of the National Sport Group (NSG) to remove the elite status designation provided to the top levels of football in Wales:
- JD Cymru Premier
- Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League
- JD Cymru North
- JD Cymru South
The NSG includes representation from Sport Wales, Welsh Sports Association, Welsh Government and Commonwealth Games Wales to consider the elite status designation.
The decision by the NSG has been made in the context of the rapidly developing public health crisis here in Wales.
The NSG has confirmed that the elite status designation will be automatically re-instated under lower Alert Levels.
The FAW urges everyone to follow the Welsh Government guidelines during the lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19.
SAFER RETURN TO PLAY FOR TIER 1 [UPDATED 02/03/21]
The primary aim of these guidelines is to protect the health and safety of all persons involved in fixtures in the JD Cymru Premier and the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League.Download
SAFER RETURN TO PLAY PROTOCOL [UPDATED 03/12/20]
Based on Welsh Government guidelines issued on 12 November 2020 and available here.DOWNLOAD PROTOCOL Mobile Friendly Quick Reference Guide
COVID-19 SELF ASSESSMENT CHECK
The document provides the required questions for a COVID-19 self assessment check. Please refer to the Safer Return to Play Protocols for full details.COVID-19 SELF-ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE
CLUB COVID-19 CHECKLIST [UPDATED 16.09.20]
All clubs will need to complete a COVID-19 club checklist prior to returning to train. The checklist should be completed by the club secretary and will confirm your club has completed the necessary steps in preparing your club to return to train.COMPLETE CHECKLIST
COVID-19 RISK ASSESSMENT TEMPLATE & GUIDANCE
A COVID-19 risk assessment must be carried out by all clubs in advance of any resumption of training and/or facility reopening.DOWNLOAD Lawrlwytho
COVID-19 COMPLIANCE OFFICER ROLE DESCRIPTION [UPDATED 03.08.20]
A COVID-19 Compliance Officer will need to be appointed by each club ahead of returning to train.DOWNLOAD Lawrlwytho
FIRST AID GUIDANCE
This document has been prepared as initial advice in returning to training in line with the government guidance on phased return to sport.DOWNLOAD Lawrlwytho
POTENTIAL FUNDING FOR CLUBS
BE ACTIVE WALES FUND
The Be Active Wales Fund, administered by Sport Wales, is available to support ALL clubs. For more information please click the link below.FIND OUT MORE
LOCKDOWN BUSINESS FUND
The link below provides details of support packages available to businesses in Wales as a result of the current firebreak lockdown. Some of these funds are also open to community amateur sports clubs and non-profit organisations in receipt of discretionary rate relief.
Local Authorities are responsible for dispersing the funds some of which are discretionary so will not be received automatically by eligible organisations, some will be open for application only until the funds are exhausted.
Additional info can be found by clicking the link below.Find out more