The Football Association of Wales’ (FAW) National Leagues Board (NLB) has confirmed the start dates for National Leagues competitions for the 2021/22 season. 

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of competitions in the 2020/21 season were cancelled. Consequently, the majority of FAW National League competitions will commence earlier than normal for the 2021/22 season. 

Colwyn Bay’s first League game in over 17 months is currently scheduled for Saturday July 24th.

The decision to start earlier has been taken following guidance that has been issued in the Welsh Government Coronavirus Control Plan, which advises that ‘spring and summer gives hope of more freedom, as rates of infection fall and more people are vaccinated.’ The Control Plan also details that ‘scientific modelling from a range of sources points to the very high likelihood of a third wave of infections later this year.’ 

Therefore, the FAW is looking to maximise the playing opportunities where possible in the 2021/22 season, whilst taking into account the possible threat of further interruptions to competitions. 

For those competitions which are not starting earlier than normal, it is believed that there is sufficient time to complete the competitions even taking into consideration the threat of any further interruptions to competitions.

Competition Start Dates

JD Cymru Premier: TBC

Women’s Tier 1: 4/5 September 

JD Cymru North / South: 24 July

Nathaniel MG Cup: 17 July (Tier 2 & Wildcard Entries) 

Ardal Leagues: 31 July 

FAW Development League: TBC 

FAW Reserve Leagues: 31 July

FAW Youth Leagues: TBC

FAW Academy Leagues: 18 July