The FAW have announced that all uncompleted domestic cup competitions from the 2019/20 season, including the JD Welsh Cup, will be terminated.
The Welsh Cup along with the FAW Women’s Cup, FAW Amateur Trophy, FAW Youth Cup, FAW U16 Girls’ Cup and the FAW Regions’ Cup had all been suspended following the coronavirus outbreak.
Initially, it had been hoped that revised dates would be found to complete the competitions.
An FAW statements say that outstanding prize money will be distributed equally in the respective competitions.
This will be the first time since the Second World War that the Welsh Cup will not be completed.
The competition was suspended at the semi-final stage with Caernarfon Town drawn against Cardiff Met and Prestatyn Town due to face current holder’s The New Saints.
A statement from the FAW read:
“A key consideration by the Cup Board was sporting integrity, in that squads are now changing in preparation for the 2020/21 season and will therefore be different to those competing in the competitions during the 2019/20 season.
“The current Welsh Government Regulations continue to prevent clubs from participating competitively and as the pandemic situation continues, the available dates to reschedule the competition has also become problematic as the FAW plans for a return to football with the 2020/21 season.”
START DATE IN SIGHT FOR NEXT SEASON?
A start date for next season’s Cymru Leagues could become clearer this evening.
Lower levels in Scotland and now the English National League have all announced dates that they are working towards, while work continues behind the scenes to identify a workable start for the Welsh season.
The Cymru Premier will remotely hold its AGM tonight where it is believed that a start date for the 2020/21 season will be among the key issues being discussed.
I can also reveal that next season, the FAW have informed clubs that players will be able to register for three different clubs in official FAW competitions next season, as opposed to the usual maximum limit of two club.
The move, which is strictly a temporary amendment for the 2020/21 season, has been made in light of the current circumstances around Covid-19.