FOOTBALL clubs and supporters across Wales have been assured the governing body is doing all it can to ensure the return of the game.

The Welsh Government has given the JD Cymru Premier the go–ahead to start their season behind closed doors on September 11.

However for the rest of Welsh football clubs the wait continues.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) and Welsh Government has come under growing criticism with more than 1,600 people signing a petition demanding a return of lower league football and a start date for next season.

Petition organisers hope to get 10,000 signatures to underline the strength of feeling with many concerned the continued absence of football without supporters will lead to the collapse of clubs across Wales.

An FAW spokesman said: "The FAW is aware of the petition.

"The FAW is in constant dialogue with the Welsh Government over the safe return of football and continues to work within the guidelines and regulations in order to ensure the health and safety of all.

"These are unprecedented times and the FAW is working hard towards the safe return of the game in Wales."