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FAW confirm end of Domestic League Season

 

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) have confirmed the end of their domestic leagues, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement confirms Gavin Chesterfields side have finished fourth in the JD Cymru Premier, securing a Europe League Qualifying spot and taking the nominated spot for the Welsh Cup, which has been abandoned.

In a club statement, Barry Town United said "The safety of players and fans has always been our first concern, and we support the decision to bring the 2019-20 season to a close at this time."

"We congratulate Connah’s Quay Nomads on their JD Cymru Premier title win. They have been a formidable side this season."

"The FAW has taken the same approach as other countries, such as the Netherlands, Cyprus and Luxembourg in nominating clubs for Europe based upon their position in the league, the best indicator of sporting merit over the course of a season."

"As we were fourth in the JD Cymru Premier, we are pleased to be nominated for a Europa League place in 2020-21."

"With this season formally over, we will start our preparation for the new season in the hope that we will be able to defeat the virus, and play competitive football once it is safe to do so."

The announcement on Tuesday (19th May), sees Connah's Quay Nomads crowned champions of the JD Cymru Premier for the first time, based on an unweighted points per game method.

As Champions, Connah's Quay take Wales' qualifying spot in the Champions League.

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The New Saints, who have been champions for the last eight seasons finish second, ahead of Bala in third.

Bala and The New Saints will both go into Europa League Qualifyin, along with Barry Town United who finish fourth and take the nominated spot for the Welsh Cup, which has been abandoned.

The Football Association of Wales has said that promotion and relegation issues are yet to be sorted, with the FAW saying it will decide on the matter "in due course".

The decision to end the season follows a consultation with clubs, who submitted their views over the weekend, with the FAW citing safety and economic concerns.

"The FAW board took into consideration the health and safety of all those involved with the leagues," the FAW said in a statement.

"Furthermore the board also considered the specific economic and financial impact of attempting to finish the season during the pandemic and therefore felt it was imperative not to risk the long-term financial stability of the leagues and their clubs."

All divisions will be settled by the points-per-game method.

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