The FAW has announced that the JD Welsh Cup has been cancelled for the 2020/21 season after making the decision that the ongoing public health crisis has made it impossible to complete.
The Football Association of Wales National Cup Board made the decision due to the ongoing Alert Level 4 status in the country, meaning only clubs with “Elite Status” are allowed to play under the Welsh Government Coronavirus Control Plan.
This decision has implications for the UEFA Europa League, with the winners of the Welsh Cup in a standard year going on to play in the European competition however, following communication between UEFA and the FAW, it has been approved that as it is not possible to determine a domestic cup winner on sporting merit, the highest-ranking non-qualified domestic championship club will qualify automatically for the 2021/22 UEFA club competitions.
As such, the 3rd placed team in the JD Cymru Premier League will automatically qualify for the new UEFA Europa Conference League Qualifying Round and teams in 4th to 7th will compete in the Play-Offs for the remaining UEFA Europa Conference League position, all subject to receiving a UEFA Club Licence.
The Vale of Glamorgan’s Barry Town United currently sit in 4th position in the JD Cymru Premier at the time of writing and will be hoping for a strong end to the season to grab that, now, all-important 3rd position.
In a statement on their website, the FAW said of the decision to cancel theJD Welsh Cup for this season:
“JD Welsh Cup viable. Currently, whilst the country remains at Alert Level 4, only clubs with an ‘Elite Status’ designation are permitted to play under the Welsh Government Coronavirus Control Plan.
As previously stated, following discussions and lobbying by the FAW, the Welsh Government have made revisions to the number of people who can gather indoors and outdoors at Alert Level 2 of their Coronavirus Control Plan. The 30 people outdoors and 15 people indoors limits have been lifted to 50 and 30 respectively.
This is a significant development for the return of senior competitions and the FAW is currently reviewing the impact of this change on its roadmap for the return of football.”
Additionally, The NCB also decided to cancel the FAW Women’s Cup and FAW Futsal Cup competitions. Meanwhile, the FAW Girls’ Cup can go ahead as supervised children’s activity is now permitted. Therefore, the first round will take place on 11 April.