The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has officially cancelled the JD Cymru North and the JD Cymru South after receiving clarification that they have not had their elite status reinstated by the National Sport Group (NSG).
The leagues, which, together, represent the second tier of Welsh football, were previously given “Elite Status” by the NSG alongside the JD Cymru Premier and the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League after the first lockdown, though they did not manage to begin their seasons before this was rescinded upon the implementation of the second lockdown just before Christmas 2020.
The Elite status was reinstated to both the JD Cymru Premier and the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League recently with the JD Cymru South and North remaining under evaluation.
Now, following further review, The NSG has decided once again to not reinstate the status for the second tier leagues, leading the FAW to officially cancel the season, stating there is “insufficient time to safely complete a reduced season.”
In a statement on their website, the FAW said of the decision:
“The FAW fully understands the frustrations felt by many throughout the country of not being able to play, volunteer and support their clubs. However, these are unprecedented times and the FAW is not responsible for the national COVID-19 policies and guidelines, which are in place to keep the nation as safe as possible.
“The FAW continues to encourage that everyone follows the Welsh Government guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19.”
JD Cymru South and Vale of Glamorgan based team, Llantwit Major AFC have commented on the decision via their Twitter account, saying:
“As you will have seen, we won’t be playing this season. Gutting for the players who’ve been keeping fit during lockdown, the gaffer who put together a great squad, Baz for his work on the pitch, and myself for all the pointless signing videos I made instead of my actual job.”