Academy Football in Wales

The Welsh Football Trust, Football Association of Wales and the Welsh Premier League Panel are committed to a National Player Development structure that gives equal opportunities and choice to players throughout the country. The focus of the programme is the “Player at the Centre”.

These opportunities will be provided and developed within the National Academy structure and will place the welfare of the player as paramount. To ensure this, all Academies will be expected to adopt and operate the FAW Safeguarding Policy.

The Academies will undertake to: -

  • Adhere and comply with Club Licensing & FAW Academy Regulations.
  • Operate in an open and transparent manner presenting reports as requested
  • Ensure the welfare and best interest of the player at all times
  • Never place undue pressure on any player which may contravene the FAW Safeguarding policy, which can be viewed on
  • Operate within the annual timetable with regards to Accounting and Auditing procedures as agreed by the League and the FAW.

    The accredited Academies for the 2016/17 season were as follows;

    Northern Academies (15)

    Airbus UK Broughton, Bala Town, Bangor City, Caernarfon Town, Cefn Druids, Colwyn Bay, Conwy Borough, Flint Town Utd, gap Connah's Quay, Llandudno Town, Newtown AFC, CPD Porthmadog, Prestatyn Town, Rhyl FC, The New Saints

    Southern Academies (13)

    Aberystwyth Town, Afan Lido, Barry Town, Cambrian and Clydach, Cardiff Met, Carmarthen Town, Haverfordwest County, Merthyr Town, Penybont FC, Pontardawe Town, Port Talbot Town, Risca United AFC, Torfaen.

    Clubs can download the essential Academy Documents below.

    FAW Academy Review - June 2016

    The FAW conducted an Academy Review during the 2015/16 season. The research had included consultation with 21 academy clubs, 20 academy representatives, 19 league secretaries, 7 representatives from four professional clubs in Wales and a representative from the Dutch Football Federation. Ten recommendations were agreed by the FAW in June 2016 and these can be viewed in the document below.

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    Academy Football in Wales

    FAW Academy Competition Rules 2016-17.pdf Aug 17 2016 523.4 KB Download
    Download the Academy Competition Regulations
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    Academy Football in Wales

    FAW Academy Review Recommendations.pdf Aug 17 2016 411.7 KB Download
    FAW Academy Review Recommendations – June 2016
    Icon for Academy Football in Wales FAW Academy Team Sheet.xlsx Aug 17 2016 21.8 KB Download
    Download the Academy Team Sheet
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    Academy Football in Wales

    Academy Fixtures 2016-17.pdf Aug 17 2016 125.5 KB Download
    FAW Academy Phase 1 Fixtures 2016/17
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    Academy Football in Wales

    Academy Regulations 2016-17.pdf Jul 15 2016 1.03 MB Download
    Download the Academy Regulations 2016-17
    DDownload the Academy Regulations 2016-17
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