Six JD Cymru North clubs have applied for the FAW Tier 1 Licence for the 2022/23 season.
The licence is a prerequisite for participation in the top-flight JD Cymru Premier.
The six clubs are: Airbus UK Broughton, Bangor City, Buckley Town, Colwyn Bay, Guilsfield and Llandudno.
Guilsfield, currently second in the Cymru North table and the league’s only unbeaten side, are bidding to secure a Tier 1 Licence for the very first time.
Along with the six Cymru North hopefuls, all 12 current JD Cymru Premier clubs have applied, plus eight from JD Cymru South, making it 26 in all.
The Club Licensing system aims to assist the continual improvement and development of football clubs at the top level within Wales.
JD Cymru Premier (Tier 1)
Barry Town United
Connah’s Quay Nomads
Flint Town United
The New Saints
JD Cymru North (Tier 2)
Airbus UK Broughton
JD Cymru South (Tier 2)
Briton Ferry Llansawel
Cambrian & Clydach Vale
Clubs in Tier 1 and Tier 2 had until 30 September to submit their applications for a top-flight licence for the 2022/23 season.
During October, November and December, site visits to their stadia will be arranged and club audits will be completed, including the assessment of their licensing documentation.
By 1 March 2022, any ground sharing agreements must be submitted in accordance with the FAW Pyramid Regulations. From 28 to 31 March, if required, final infrastructure assessments will take place.
All club licensing documentation must be finalised and submitted to the FAW by 31 March 2022.
Clubs are assessed on the following criteria:
Sporting: Youth & Coaching
Personnel & Administration
Financial and Codes of Practice
An independent First Instance Body (FIB), consisting of experts with relevant experience, will sit on 7 April 2022 to assess the applicants against the criteria detailed above. The decisions of the FIB will be communicated to the applicants on the same day.
For those clubs who have failed to attain the Tier 1 Licence, the FIB will provide written reasons for their failure and the club(s) will be invited to submit an appeal by 17 April 2022.
An independent Appeals Body, also consisting of experts, will sit to consider the appeals on 21 April 2022. Decisions will be communicated to the appellants on the same day. The decision of the Appeals Body is final.