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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 15:58

Issue 207 - 2018-19 Season Preview

OUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE 2018-19 SEASON IN WALES IS NOW AVAILABLE

 WF 207 Cover

40 pages crammed with information on football in Wales, covering:

- the pyramid structure and the regional associations

- 2018-19 previews for all main men's and women's competitions

- Anglo clubs preview

- international preview for 2018-19

- WPL, WPWL fixtures, WPL squads and main cup draws

Also featured: 

- Report and comment on Welsh clubs in European competitions

- Looking back 25 years to Cwmbran Town's European Cup campaign.  

 

Available in Welsh interest bookshops, also WH Smith Albany Road in Cardiff.

Also at home matches of Porthmadog, Aberystwyth Town, Barry Town United, Cefn Druids and at all Welsh Groundhop fixtures during August Bank Holiday weekend

Or order direct from the publisher for £27.00 (1 year subscription) or £3.70 for a single issue. Payment options are on the 'About WFM' page of this site, or use the contact form on this site to send us an email.  

 

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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

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