The FAW Club Licensing First Instance Body met in Cardiff today to assess the UEFA and Domestic Club Licensing Applications for the 2013/14 season.
There were 14 domestic club licenses granted on a successful day at the headquarters of the FAW, with only Llanelli and gap Connahs Quay unsuccessful from the Welsh Premier League, although the rejection of the Deeside-club was on a technicality.
FAW Head of Competitions Andrew Howard, who is also the Club Licensing Manager, said; “It was our most positive first instance body meeting in recent years, although I was disappointed for Connah’s Quay. They were requested to supply supplementary information on the day and although this has now been dealt with, the information was not received until after the meeting had been closed, so they will have to wait for the Appeals Body for their outcome.”
Of the four successful feeder-league clubs, Rhyl FC were awarded their domestic licence so they look set for a return to the Welsh Premier League, three years after they were relegated for failing to achieve the licence. Cefn Druids were awarded their first FAW domestic licence, whilst Llandudno Town and Haverfordwest County were again awarded the licence, maintaining their 100% record of being awarded the domestic licence. The domestic licence is a pre-requisite for participation in the Welsh Premier League.
Only Welsh Premier League clubs can apply for the UEFA licence and there were nine UEFA licences awarded with Llanelli, Connah’s Quay and Afan Lido rejected. The UEFA licence is required for participation in the UEFA Champions League or Europa League.
Appeals for both licenses have to be lodged to the FAW within 10 days and the Appeals Body will meet on Tuesday 23rd April 2013 for a final decision.
FAW Domestic Licensed Clubs 2013/14
UEFA Licensed Clubs 2013/14