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MONDAY 4th JUNE Cyncoed Campus and Jenner Park, warm and sunny
EVIA REGION 1 AMATEURS OF MACEDONIA 0
SOUTH WALES 5 REGION OF GOTHENBURG 0
(UEFA Regions Cup, Qualifying Group A)

Wales was chosen as a host country in one of the qualifying groups in this year's Regions Cup, which is probably UEFA's least-understood competition. It's an oddity among European tournaments, not quite a club competition, nor an international representative one, and has its own set of entry criteria and rules. Even seasoned and respected observers of world, European and amateur football confess to having a less than complete grasp of the Regions Cup, so it's not surprising that the general public are in the dark. Some of the reporting this week has been pretty misleading too - one online source referring to the Welsh players involved as receiving "Wales call-ups". So before we get to the games, let's try and give them some accurate context:

Firstly, it's a competition strictly for "amateur" footballers. No player who has ever played in a national top-level league (so including the Welsh Premier) would be eligible, nor any who has been on a professional or semi-pro contract.

How countries arrive at their one nominated entrant is up to them: most, like Wales, organise some form of inter-regional contest between selections drawn from one or more local leagues - the South Wales FA squad consists mainly of players from the South Wales Alliance and lowest rung of the Welsh League, and qualified by winning a competition involving the other five Welsh regions. There's a common belief that it's possible for countries to enter an amateur club rather than a selection, but that's expressly forbidden in the rules - squads have to be drawn from at least three different clubs. The smallest countries can enter a selection drawn from their whole territory - San Marino for instance is so small it doesn't have regions.

The other factor which causes some of the confusion is that UEFA requires the national Football Associations to take responsibility for group organisation, finances and logistics, so it's the FAW who are leading the 'hosting' this week, not the South Wales FA. (to continue reading click 'Read More')

Thursday, 31 May 2018 10:31

Issue 206 - Full 2017-18 Review

WF 206 cover

Our 2017-18 Review Edition was published on 31st May. 

Contents include:

WINNERS' GALLERY - 5 pages of photos of trophy winners

Full set of final league tables from Welsh pyramid + cup final results

Season reviews:  JD Welsh Premier, Huws Gray Alliance, Welsh League & Around the Regions & Anglo clubs

JD Welsh Cup final & Play-offs action + regional cup finals action

Spotlight on NEWCASTLE EMLYN

Annual WELSH PROGRAMME AWARDS

Update on prospects for Welsh clubs in UEFA competitions this summer

Looking Back -  the 1967-68 season 50 years ago

Looking Back -  the 1992-3 season, 25 years ago

Available direct from the publishers and from most independent bookshops in Wales. Also at WH Smith Albany Road Cardiff

Also on sale at UEFA Regions Cup games in Wales in June. 

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Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:09

Results 11-12 May

RESULTS 11-12 MAY
JD WELSH PREMIER LEAGUE - EUROPA LEAGUE PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL
Cardiff Met - Barry Town United 4-1

 

HUWS GRAY ALLIANCE
FC Queens Park - Llandudno Junction 2-3
Porthmadog - Holywell Town 1-1

 

NATHANIEL CARS WELSH LEAGUE - DIV 1
Caerau Ely - Haverfordwest County 1-3
Cwmbran Celtic - Llanelli Town 1-3
Goytre - Cwmamman Utd 1-0
Ton Pentre - Afan Lido 2-2
DIV 2
Aberbargoed Buds - Llantwit Major 2-4
Aberdare Town - Pontypridd Town 0-1
AFC Llwydcoed - STM Sports 0-0
AFC Porth - Ammanford 1-7
Garden Village - Abergavenny Town 1-3
Pontardawe Town - Caldicot Town 2-3
DIV 3
Panteg - Ynysygerwn 1-1
Penrhiwceiber Rangers - Trethomas Bluebirds 2-1
Pontyclun - Neuadd Wen 3-2
Tredegar Town - Trefelin Boys & Girls Club 0-5
Treowen Stars - Treharris Athletic Western 0-1

 

LOCK STOCK WELSH ALLIANCE DIV 1
Llanberis - Llandudno Albion 2-1
Llanrug Utd - Greenfield 1-1
Mynydd Llandegai - Barmouth & Dyffryn Utd 1-2
DIV 2
Gaerwen - Pentraeth 3-1
Aberffraw - Meliden 5-1
Bodedern Ath - Blaenau Ffestiniog 2-0
Llanfairpwll - Mochdre Sports 3-4
Y Felinheli - Llannefydd 0-2

 

WNL WREXHAM - PREM DIV CUP FINAL
Brickfield R - Hawarden Rangers 2-1 aet
PREM.
Buckley Town - Llanuwchllyn 3-0
FC Nomads - Chirk AAA 2-1
Mold Alex - Cefn Albion 5-3
Rhostyllen - Corwen 0-1
Saltney Town - Lex Glyndwr 1-2
Division One
Mynydd Isa Spartans - Rhos Aelwyd 3-0

 

SPAR MID WALES LEAGUE - DIV 1
Bow Street - Berriew 5-0
Knighton Town - Machynlleth 2-1
Llanfair United - Churchstoke 5-3
Radnor Valley - Aberaeron 2-4
Tywyn Bryncrug - Kerry 1-3
DIVISION 2
Builth Wells - Brecon Northcote 3-2
Penybont Utd - Dolgellau 4-4
Presteigne St Andrews - Montgomery Town 4-0

 

GWENT FA SENIOR CUP FINAL
Abertillery Bluebirds - Malpas Civil Service 5-1

 

HIGHADMIT PROJECTS SOUITH WALES ALLIANCE - PREM
Brecon Corries - Cardiff Draconians 1-2
Caerphilly Athletic - Grange Albion 5-0
Merthyr Saints - Baglan Dragons 9-2
Pencoed Athletic - Ynyshir Albions 0-1
Penydarren BGC - Canton Liberal FC 6-0
Pontlottyn - Cwm Welfare 8-2
Division 1
Aber Valley - Cornelly United 4-4
Cadoxton Barry - Treforest 1-1
Cefn Cribwr BC - FC Cwmaman 2-1
Clwb Cymric - AFC Butetown 1-1
Cogan Coronation - Garw SBGC 1-8
Llantwit Fardre - Penrhiwceiber Con Athletic 2-1
Division 2
Blaenrhondda - Cardiff Hibernian 3-2
Cardiff Cosmopolitan - Aberfan Social 9-1
Cwmbach Royal Stars SC - Cardiff Airport2-4
Llanharry - Carnetown 4-1
Llanrumney United - St Albans 1-9
Vale United - Penrhiwfer 0-2
St Josephs - Graig 0-2

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