TNS and Newtown have each passed UEFA and FAW tier one criteria for next season.

The annual meeting of the Football Association of Wales to assess applications has become a feature of the Welsh football calendar as clubs discover whether off the field failings mean relegation or missing out on promotion.

Clubs are assessed on youth and coaching, infrastructure, legal, personnel and administration, financial and social responsibility.


The Club Licensing system aims to assist the continual improvement and development of football clubs at the top level within Wales.

Licensing is a transparent process that enables clubs to demonstrate to their stakeholders that they meet quality standards. 

16 of the 23 applications for a Tier 1 licence have been successful, including 11 of the current JD Cymru Premier clubs and five clubs in Tier 2. In addition, nine of the JD Cymru Premier clubs achieved a UEFA Licence. 

Nine Welsh clubs have attained a UEFA Licence and are eligible to represent Wales in European competition next season despite a majority having designated a ground other than their home stadium to host their home leg.

County Times:

Bala Town, Barry Town United, Caernarfon Town, Connah’s Quay Nomads, Cardiff Met University, Haverfordwest County, Newtown, Penybont and The New Saints each passed criteria while Aberystwyth Town failed and Colwyn Bay withdrew their application.

Meanwhile Pontypridd Town failed their tier one licence and face relegation from the JD Cymru Premier unless the club can overturn the decision on appeal while all other current members passed.

JD Cymru North leaders Holywell Town have also failed and will miss out on promotion unless they can successfully appeal with Airbus UK Broughton or Flint Town United set to capitalise.

Briton Ferry Llansawel and Llanelli Town have passed criteria and one will be promoted from the JD Cymru South at the end of the season