WELSH football clubs will able to access financial support from the Football Association of Wales (FAW).

World football governing body FIFA has provided £750,000 to each member association to help ease the financial brunt left by the coronavirus and ongoing lockdown restrictions.

A further £375,000 has been allocated to each association to help safeguard the women's game.

The move has seen the FAW establish a 'Matchday Support Grant' with the aim of protecting the future of the domestic game which continues to remain largely in hiatus due to lockdown restrictions.

The grant will provide support to eligible FAW and area association affiliated clubs across Tiers 1-4 of the men’s pyramid and Tiers 1-2 of the women’s pyramid.

The relief plan made available by FIFA is to enable beneficiaries to protect and safeguard football from the adverse economic effects of the pandemic.

As a not-for-profit organisation, the FAW, like many other national associations has been forced to make difficult decisions during the COVID 19 pandemic, which will see significant financial losses to the association.

The FAW Board has determined that the principal use and majority of the financial aid available should however be used to protect clubs across national leagues during this difficult time.

The FAW is working closely with affiliated clubs and area associations to communicate; the FAW’s Matchday Support Grant purpose, eligibility, size of grant and the application process.

The FAW and FAW Trust have also worked with clubs to ensure awareness and availability of further funding opportunities.

The FAW and FAWT are also appreciative for the ‘Be Active Wales Fund’, administered by Sport Wales following receipt of a government support package, which has to date awarded 108 football clubs financial support.