- Cwmbrân Town: The history of the Cymru Premier’s inaugural winners January 18, 2021When the Cymru Premier was formed in 1992, few expected the first campaign to be won by Cwmbrân Town, but the Crows did just that. Formed in 1951, the South Wales-based side started out in the Monmouthshire Senior League, playing their home games at Cwmbrân Park, before joining the Welsh Football League in 1960. After […]
- Ian Hughes: From the Seasiders to moving Stateside January 17, 2021Now based in the States, popular boss Ian Hughes has reflected on his time with Aberystwyth Town. Hughes, who spent six years at Park Avenue in two varying roles, recalls his time with the club, as well as providing an insight to where he is now. During his time with the Ceredigion based club, he […]
- Aberystwyth Town: Jon Owen returns while Connor Roberts extends Seasiders stay January 16, 2021Aberystwyth Town have announced the signing of attacker Jon Owen, who returns to Park Avenue for a second spell, while goalkeeper Connor Roberts’ loan at the Cymru Premier club has been extended. Owen, 28, signed for Aberystwyth back in 2017 and enjoyed 18 months at the club, becoming a popular figure amongst Seasiders supporters, but […]
- Welsh football’s youngest manager joins Cefn Druids’ coaching staff January 15, 2021Welsh football’s youngest ever manager has made the step up into the professional game. Jordan Hadaway, who was 18 when he managed North East Wales side Caerwys, has joined the coaching staff of the Cefn Druids. The 19-year-old has become first-team assistant coach, where he will work under Head Coach, Bruno Lopes. He will also […]
Formerly known as the Welsh Premier league, the Cymru Premier is comprised of 12 teams, who play each other twice in the first phase of the season. At the end of this period the league splits into two divisions, the Championship Conference and Play-off Conference.
The top six teams after the first phase go into the Championship, with the remaining six teams going into the Play-off Conference.
The six clubs in each group then play each other twice more to make a 32-fixture league season. No club in the Play-off Conference can finish higher than seventh, no matter how many points are gained during the second part of the season.
The champions qualify for the Champions League, with clubs finishing in third to seventh taking part in a play-off to determine who gains the third Europa League spot, along with the Championship runners-up and the Welsh Cup winners, who go straight into the second qualifying round.
Should the Welsh Cup winners be among the clubs qualifying for the play-offs, the eighth-placed club would be invited to take their place.
The reigning champions are The New Saints, with Connah’s Quay Nomads the runners-up last season. The other members of the Super 12 are Aberystwyth Town, Bala Town, Barry Town United, Caernarfon Town, Cardiff Met University, Carmarthen Town, Cefn Druids, Airbus UK, Penybont and Newtown.
The Cymru Premier has two feeder leagues, known as the Cymru North and Cymru South since the start of the 2019-20 season, when the Football Association of Wales took over control of the second tier of Welsh football following a review of the Welsh league pyramid.
The champions of each of these leagues can be promoted to the Cymru Premier, subject to acceptable ground facilities, and if the champions cannot meet the criteria the runner-up team may be considered.
The Cymru North replaced the Cymru Alliance, whilst the Cymru South incorporated most the clubs of the old First Division of the Welsh Football League.
The Cymru North has three regional leagues feeding it… the Mid Wales League (covering Powys and Ceredigion), the Welsh Alliance League (covering all of the north except Wrexham), and the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area, covering the region around Wrexham). Again, the champions or runners-up of these leagues can be promoted, given suitable grounds.
The Cymru South is now fed by the Welsh Football League, which has two divisions. Promotion to, and relegation from the Welsh League is structured on three regional football associations (Gwent FA, South Wales FA, and West Wales FA). Each can send one promoted team into the Welsh Football League. This is straightforward enough in the Gwent FA area, where there is one senior league, the Gwent County League, whose champions (or runners-up) are eligible, if they satisfy Welsh Football League criteria.
The South Wales FA area was formerly more complicated however, as this region had two senior leagues of identical status covering the same area, each with two divisions, the South Wales Senior League and the South Wales Amateur League, but as of the 2015-16 season the two divisions merged to become the South Wales Alliance League, with the champions promoted to the Welsh Football League subject to meeting criteria.
The West Wales FA area is the only one not to have a senior league in its area – this means that there are four local leagues (Pembrokeshire League, Carmarthenshire League, Swansea Senior Football League and the Neath & District League) with all their champions potentially having to play-off for the one available promotion place.