Barry Town United and TNS elevated to Welsh Women’s top tier

Barry Town United to play in Wales top tier
Barry Town United will be playing in the Welsh top tier next season. (Photo: @BTULADIES)

The FA of Wales has confirmed the teams in Tier 1 and Tier 2 as part of a major re-structure of the women’s domestic game.

The new pyramid structure includes eight teams in Tier 1 and the introduction of a new regional Tier 2 league in the North and South, also with eight in each league and a new U-19s league in north and south Wales.

37 clubs signed up to the process with 33 progressing to Phase 2, 13 at Tier 1 and 20 at Tier 2, meaning that the competition for the 24 available places was extremely high.

Following this thorough review, Tiers 1 and 2 were determined as follows:

Tier 1:

Aberystwyth Town
Barry Town United
Cardiff City FC
Cardiff Met University
Pontypridd Town (formerly Cyncoed)
Port Talbot Town
Swansea City
The New Saints

Tier 2 North:

Airbus UK Broughton
Connah’s Quay Nomads
Denbigh Town
Llanfair United

Tier 2 South:

Briton Ferry Llansawel
Caldicot Town
Cardiff Bluebelles
Cascade YC
Merthyr Town
Swansea University

Lowri Roberts, FAW’s Head of Women’s Football, told “It’s been inspiring to see the level of work clubs have put into their application. We’ve seen a real shift in mindset from the clubs in how they are developing elite environments for players and how they are building for a sustainable future.

“Through implementing an open application process for entry into the new leagues, a club’s place was not solely down to sporting merit but also robust club structures. It has made clubs review their entire structure, playing pathways and the provision they provide players. As a result, all clubs will be collectively striving to continuously improve standards in a competitive environment.”

In August, ahead of the 2021/22 season, the FAW will unveil a new visual identity and name for the top two tiers and the U-19s leagues, signalling a new era of domestic women’s football in Wales.

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