Cymru North and South leagues set to kick off 2020-21 season at end of March

The start of the 2020-21 JD Cymru North and South season has moved a step closer.

Clubs were informed on Monday that the The National League Board met to consider the tier 2 leagues campaign, which is still yet to begin due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Last week, JD Cymru North and South Clubs were asked to complete a survey regarding the return to play. The NLB considered the information provided from the surveys completed by all 32 tier 2 sides and unanimously agreed that the 15-match season would commence as planned.

The JD Cymru South & North season will start on the weekend of March 26 and 27subject to the country moving to Alert Level 3 at the next Welsh Government Coronavirus Review, or should the league get its elite status reinstated.

Should the country fail to move to Alert Level 3 at the next Welsh Government Coronavirus Review (Friday 12th March), the Football Association of Wales (FAW) will still submit an application to the National Sports Group (NSG) for the JD Cymru South & North to be granted ‘Elite Status’ to create two possible avenues for a return.

Should this be refused by the NSG, then the 2020/21 season will not commence.

In order to prepare clubs fully for the possibility that the 2020/21 season will begin, the respective general managers of the Tier 2 leagues will co-ordinate for a new fixture list to be produced shortly. These will be published as soon as they are known.

As per Government guidelines, ALL fixtures will be played behind closed doors for the foreseeable future. The fixtures are subject to Welsh Government reducing the National Alert Level at the next review or the National Sports Group reinstating the league’s elite status, whichever comes soonest.

Further information will be put on the leagues’ official website and our social media channels once received.

Matches in the Tier 1 JD Cymru Premier League are due to restart on Tuesday, March 2, when Newtown host Penybont.

There will then be a full programme of matches this Saturday, March 6. All games will continue to be played without spectactors.

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