THE JD Cymru North will kick off in the New Year.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) confirmed the second tier will be contested over 15 games with each club playing each other once.

It means Guilsfield, Llanidloes Town, Llanrhaeadr and Penrhyncoch will soon return to action.

Clubs will be scheduled to play eight home matches to be determined by a random draw with promotion and relegation as normal.

Meanwhile the Nathaniel MG Cup will kick off this month, with the first round due to take place on the second weekend of December 2020.

Following confirmation of the JD Cymru North and South being designated ‘elite status’ by Sport Wales last week, the National League Board met on Monday to determine the format of all relevant competitions for the season.

The draw for the First Round will be broadcast tomorrow evening with the games scheduled to be played on the weekend of December 11/12.

Clubs welcomed the news after more than nine months since their last competitive action.

A Llanidloes Town Football Club spokesman said: We’re glad to be up and running and get some kind of normality back to football.

“It’s by no means ideal but we’re grateful to have some competitive sport back once again and we are looking forward to every game.”

Guilsfield Football Club manager Nathan Leonard also welcomed the news.

He said: “The lads are buzzing, chuffed for them as I know how hard they have worked the past five months when at times it looked like we would never get going.

“They have been tremendous and done everything I have asked, hopefully when the games get going we are in good shape and ready to show what we are made of.”

Meanwhile Llanrhaeadr are also pressing ahead with preparations following the green light.

Manager Marc Griffiths said: “It’s fantastic news that we will be able to get some football and I believe the decision to play 15 matches is the right one.

“Obviously clubs on the border like ourselves have had difficulty with training over the last month or so.

“I do think dropping in the Nathaniel Cup game on December 12 is slightly unfair and disappointing but I can’t complain about that while there’s still hundreds of football clubs in Wales that would love to be in the situation we are.

“We have our opening friendly at Llanuwchllyn on Saturday and we are all really looking forward to getting back to it ahead of the new season."