The FAW has communicated a decision of the National Sport Group to rescind the elite status designated to the JD Cymru Leagues and Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League.
The decision follows the announcement on 19 December from the First Minister, placing Wales into Alert Level 4 of the Welsh Government Control Plan in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision of the NSG is to rescind the elite status designation provided to the following leagues:
As a result, all fixtures and activities involving non-fully professional clubs are to be postponed until further notice. The JD Cymru Leagues will make a separate announcement as to whether any fixtures involving fully professional clubs can take place during this period.
Following the new, Barry Town United tweeted:
Stay safe everyone.December 21, 2020
Thank you to our players, staff, board, volunteers and supporters for their ongoing support and hard work.
Football right now isn’t important, but our health is 💛💙 https://t.co/GpKagKDdhC
The NSG includes representation from Sport Wales, Welsh Sports Association, Welsh Government and Commonwealth Games Wales to consider the elite status designation.
The decision by the NSG has been made in the context of the rapidly developing public health crisis here in Wales.
The NSG has confirmed that the elite status designation will be automatically re-instated under lower Alert Levels.
The FAW previously announced on 19 December that all football activity below the leagues detailed above will be suspended during Alert Level 4.
The FAW urges everyone to follow the Welsh Government guidelines during the firebreak lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19.