Calls for Welsh football pyramid reforms increase


Gavin Grosvenor

CALLS for Welsh football pyramid reform continued this week.

Four Crosses quit the Mid Wales League while Newcastle Emlyn withdrew their application to join next season as both cited the excessive travel demands.

The Spar Mid Wales League represents the regional third and fourth tier but with some round trips exceeding more than 150 miles, clubs have called for reform of the pyramid.

In contrast the Wrexham League, which operates at the same levels of the Welsh pyramid, covers a 30 mile radius.

Calls for structural reform have grown all the louder during the past decade with clubs urging the region’s elected officers to champion the cause to the Football Association of Wales (FAW).

Some have called for the Mid Wales League to be elevated in the pyramid in recognition of the greater area encompassed while others have argued the Wrexham League and North Wales Alliance League should merge to provide parity in the travel of level three and four in North Wales.

Spar Mid Wales League secretary Phil Woosnam confirmed the excessive travel of the Mid Wales League compared to the North Wales was a long running problem.

“It has been further emphasised by Four Crosses and Newcastle Emlyn both dropping out next season,” said Woosnam.

However Woosnam insisted the second division of the Mid Wales League, formed in 2010, a great “success story.”

“The second division has been a great success story but is still one that needs stimulus which we will hopefully get with new entrants this year,” said Woosnam.

“At least, players at that level are now facing competitive fixtures on a weekly basis which they did not have previously.

“Unfortunately the travel distances that are faced in this area compared with others in Wales are extreme but whereas successful clubs have little problems in travel, others less so do face commitment problems from players which are difficult to overcome.

“The executive committee have recognised the need to maintain a second division which will hopefully be up to full membership next season.”

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