THE long wait for the return of Welsh football will end this weekend.

The JD Cymru Premier season will commence behind closed doors after the league was granted elite status by the Welsh Government.

However Welsh First Minister did not give a date for clubs below the top flight to start their pre-season with a view to starting their seasons.

The Welsh Government is awaiting the results of several test events held earlier this month before pressing ahead with further easing of restrictions which have been impacted by a rise in cases across Wales.

However the Football Association of Wales (FAW) remains cautiously optimistic and messaged clubs ahead of the next announcement.

Interim head of football at the FAW Trust Aled Lewis issued a statement, saying: "Following today's announcement from the Welsh Government, the FAW will remain at phase two of its 'Return to Play' protocol due to the recent increase in COVID-10 cases and current restrictions on a maximum if 30 people meeting outdoors remaining in place.

"Week commencing September 14, the FAW aims to release the protocols for phase three of the 'Return to Play' for all junior and youth football and senior clubs at tier three and below.

"This protocol will detail what is currently permitted following the latest Welsh Government guidelines and outline the stages that must occur when restrictions are eased."