Welsh Premier Women's League

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The Welsh Premier Women's League is the top level women's football league in Wales. It was founded in 2009.

Welsh Premier Women's League
Founded2009
Country Wales
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams9
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toRegional Leagues
Domestic cup(s)FAW Women's Cup
League cup(s)Welsh Premier Women's Cup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
Current championsSwansea City[1]
(2019–20)
Most championshipsCardiff Met. (6 titles)
WebsiteOfficial
Current: 2020–21 Welsh Premier Women's League

The winner qualifies for a spot in the UEFA Women's Champions League. In previous years[when?] the national cup winner was sent into European competition.

Competition formatEdit

The club with the highest number of points at the end of the season will be the League Champions. In the event of two or more clubs having the same number of points the League winners will be decided by the difference between goals scored and goals against. In the event of more than one club having the same goal difference, the club that has scored the highest number of goals will be the Champions.[2]

Promotion and relegationEdit

Two clubs may be promoted to the League and the equivalent number relegated from the League. One from the South Wales Tier Two and one from either the North Wales or Central Wales League. To determine the club to be promoted from North and Central Wales - the qualified clubs from the two leagues concerned will play off.

European qualificationEdit

UEFA country coefficient 2020–21
Rank Association Coefficient
  37   Slovakia 4.000
  38   Estonia 3.500
  39   Wales 3.500
  40   Montenegro 3.000
  41   Bulgaria 2.500

UEFA grants European places to the Football Association of Wales, determined by Wales' position in the UEFA country coefficient rankings. The Welsh Football Association in turn allocate a number of these European places to the final Welsh Premier Women's League positions. At the end of the 2018–19 season, Wales was ranked 39th in Europe – granting them a single side in the UEFA Women's Champions League.

In the 2019–20 season, the top placed team in the Welsh Premier Women's League gained qualification to the Champions League qualifying round.[3]

HistoryEdit

In its first three seasons, the league was divided into two Conferences that played a double round robin, with the winner of both contesting a final for the championship. The first season featured no relegation, from the 2010-11 season onwards, the last placed team in each conference got relegated.[4]

Since 2012–13 the league is played in one group only. In 2015–16 two teams were relegated. The eight clubs who formed the League were Aberystwyth Town Ladies, Caernarfon Town Ladies, Llanidloes Ladies, Manorbier Ladies, Newcastle Emlyn Ladies, Swansea City Ladies, UWIC Ladies and Wrexham Ladies.

 
2012 Season Launch

The league was increased to five teams per Conference in 2010–11,[5] with Caerphilly Castle Ladies and Trefelin Ladies joining the South and Llandudno Junction Ladies joining the North. Manorbier Ladies ceased playing activities after their inaugural season.[6]

Llandudno Junction's stay in the league lasted just one season before they were relegated; they were replaced by Northop Hall Girls.

In May 2021, the Football Association of Wales announced a restructuring of the league, including cutting the number of teams from nine to eight, the splitting the second tier into northern and southern conferences, and the introduction of a U19 development league. The restructuring would see Abergavenny Women's FC, Caerphilly's Cascade Ladies YC and Briton Ferry Llansawel Ladies demoted to the second tier and Barry Town United Ladies FC and The New Saints joining the Premier League.[7] The choice of top-tier teams in the restructuring was met with a significant amount of criticism, especially as Abergavenny had finished within the top four during the 2020-21 season and The New Saints did not a complete senior women's side.[8][9] FAW head of women's football Lowri Roberts stated that the Association would not be reversing their decision, adding that "we have to be able to compete with Tier 3 in England. The WSL and Championship in England are professional and semi-professional and we’re a long way off that. It’s unlikely we’ll get to a professional level."[10]

FormatEdit

In its first three years the league was divided into two conferences, north and south. Both winners then played a championship play-off for the title and right to play in the UEFA Women's Champions League. A relegation system was introduced in the second season, when the last place in each conference was relegated. The league changed the format to a single division for the 2012–13 season.[11] The league was also expanded for the second time. The number of teams in the league has fluctuated in preceding years and has contained eight, ten and twelve teams in various seasons.

2020-21 teamsEdit

 
 
Abergavenny
 
Cascade
 
Cardiff (3 teams)
Locations of teams in the 2019–20 Premier League
Team City Ground
Abergavenny Women FC Abergavenny Pen-Y-Pound Stadium, Abergavenny
Aberystwyth Town Aberystwyth Park Avenue (Aberystwyth)
Briton Ferry Llansawel Briton Ferry Old Road, Briton Ferry
Cardiff City Cardiff Leckwith Athletics Stadium
Cardiff Met Cardiff Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cyncoed Campus
Cyncoed Cardiff University of South Wales
Cascade Caerphilly Aberbargoed Recreational Ground
Port Talbot Town Port Talbot The Genquip Stadium
Swansea City Neath Llandarcy Academy of Sport

Former teams were: Manorbier Ladies, Northop Hall Girls, Caerphilly Castle Ladies, Caernarfon Town Women, Trefelin Ladies (since then joint Port Talbot Town), Llanidloes Ladies F.C. (now Hafren United Ladies), Cwmbran Celtic, Caldicot Town Ladies, Rhyl & Prestatyn Ladies, Llandudno Ladies and Wrexham Ladies.

List of championsEdit

In the first three seasons a final between the north and south division winners determined the champion.

Premier League CupEdit

A Premier League cup has been held since 2014.

ReferencesEdit

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