Cymru South and Cymru North to compete for UEFA Regions’ Cup spot
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11 December 2019

Cymru South and Cymru North to compete for UEFA Regions’ Cup spot

A two-legged playoff between a JD Cymru South XI and JD Cymru North XI will take place in April and May 2020 to decide which region will represent Wales in the UEFA Regions’ Cup.

UEFA Regions Cup Intermediate Round

  • Russia, Bulgaria, Wales, TBC
  • 21-28 September 2020

Bulgaria to host

On the back of changes made to the way in which Wales is represented in the UEFA Regions’ Cup, players from Tier 2 and below are now able to participate in the competition. A two-legged playoff at the end of the 2019/20 season will be used to determine which side will compete in the Intermediate Round in September 2020.

The UEFA Regions’ Cup is a biennial tournament for amateur teams in Europe. Each UEFA member nation can enter one representative amateur team into the competition. Qualification as part of this competition varies between national associations, however it is required that the national association holds a domestic qualifying competition to determine which amateur side represent the national association in the competition.

In previous years, a qualification tournament held between all the area associations within Wales determined which region would represent Wales within the tournament. In the last edition of the tournament, the South Wales FA qualified to represent Wales and became the first Welsh region to qualify beyond the preliminary round.

However, following rule changes ratified by the National Leagues Board earlier this year, the permutations around who can be selected for the squad has now changed.

Connor Keating representing South Wales FA in the UEFA 2018 Regions' Cup. (Photo and Featured Image: Lewis Mitchell)
Connor Keating representing South Wales FA in the UEFA 2018 Regions' Cup. (Photo and Featured Image: Lewis Mitchell)

Players from Tier 2 and below are now able to compete, provided they have never played in the JD Cymru Premier and have never been a professional. Players must have been registered in Wales and within their region for a minimum of two years to be eligible and were between 19-40 years old at the date of their first appearance.

The Football Association of Wales is now seeking to appoint an Honorary Team Manager for both the Cymru South and North sides. The Job Description can be found here.

The two regions will then face off at the end of the season, before the winners will travel to Albena, Bulgaria between 21-28th September for the Intermediate Round.