Blog post by: Andrew Howard (Head of Competitions) / @theandrewhoward

Ian Sheridan scored for Bala Town in their 2-0 win over FC Differdange.

Ian Sheridan scored for Bala Town in their 2-1 win over FC Differdange.

The last fortnight has seen tangible progress for the Dafabet Welsh Premier League.

From our 8 UEFA matches to date, we have won 5, drawn 1 and lost two. To put that into context, last season we drew one and lost seven!

The New Saints won both of their Champions League legs against the Faroe Islands champions and now face Hungarian champions Videoton next week (Tuesday, 14 July).

Newtown won 2-1, both home and away against Valetta of Malta, progressing to the Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round.

Airbus UK Broughton had the toughest draw against a strong Croatian team, Lokomotiva Zagreb, and lost 3-1 last week. However, they gained an excellent 2-2 draw yesterday evening away, as they were knocked out.

Bala Town won 2-1 on Thursday night (9 July) but a last kick of the game goal by Differdange saw Bala crash out in heartbreaking fashion 4-3, where away goals would have seen Bala through.

TNS and Newtown both sold out their matches to 1,150 and 1,400 capacity. Bala had over 1,000 for their match.

The financial rewards for the clubs to date are:

TNS – €750,000
Newtown – €410,000
Bala and Airbus – €200,000

We have also gained 1.375 coefficient points this season, which helps our club UEFA rankings. The highest in my 13 seasons involved was 0.825.

So with all the excellent news with Euro Qualifiers, top ten rankings, Champions League Final; we are also experiencing some great highs on the domestic front too. Long may it all continue!

Read more:
The New Saints Power Through in UEFA Champions League
Newtown Progress in the UEFA Europa League

For more information on the Dafabet Welsh Premier League, please click here.


Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 11.13.13The Central Wales Football Association will hold the first session of a new Referees Training Course on Thursday, 30 July at Talgarth Town Football Club.

The course will consist of eight two hour sessions on a weekly basis between 6.30pm and 8.30pm with Referees Instructor Clark Campbell.

Once the course is completed, it will be possible to progress through the system and even potentially progress to the FIFA International List of Referees and Assistant Referees. This gives match officials the opportunity to officiate in all parts of Europe and on occasions in other parts of the world.

Referees Courses operate throughout the year across the whole of Wales and if you are interested in becoming a Referee, please contact FAW Referees Manager Ray Ellingham, REllingham@faw.co.uk.


Thursday, 30 July 2015

King George V Playing Fields, Westfields, Talgarth, Brecon LD3 0HG

6.45pm to 8.45pm

£15 to register at first session

If you would like to attend, or for further information, please contact Chris Baynton:
01874 711780
07770 909309

Alternatively, you can apply online at http://www.cwfa.co.uk