composition of the competition is 12 clubs, the
three Nationwide clubs, the best placed club from
Colwyn Bay, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport County from
the preceding season along with Welsh Cup Winners
and the clubs that finish in the top seven places
in the preceding League of Wales season.
Should the Welsh Cup winner qualify as a result
of finishing in the top seven places in the League
of Wales, the final club shall be the one that finishes
8th in the preceding League of Wales season. Barry
Town, Cardiff City, Swansea City and Wrexham automatically
qualify for the quarter final stage of the competition
but will be drawn away in the 2002/2003 and 2003/2004
All the competing clubs have to comply with the
entry requirements of the competition/league in
which they normally compete.
The eight qualified clubs are drawn into two groups
of four with each club playing each other home and
Should clubs finish level on points, then placings
will be decided on goal difference in group matches.
If still level the club with the highest number
of goals scored in group matches will be placed
8 teams qualify for the Quarter Finals with the
clubs finishing in the top two places in each group
being guaranteed a home draw. The quarter finals
are decided "on the night" with extra
time and penalties if necessary.
For the semi finals,
the club who are drawn first will be at home in
a single tie. Should the clubs be level after 90
mins, extra time will be played and if, still level
then penalties will decide the tie. The Final is
one match played at a ground of one of the finalists
drawn by lots.
The Prize Money is allocated as follows:
£6,500 to each of the 8 clubs playing in the
£15,000 to each club losing in the quarter
£25,000 to each Club losing in the semi-finals.
£50,000 to the Club losing in the final.
£100,000 to the winning Club
£5,000 facility fee for each match televised
live on BBC Wales to be paid to the Home Club.
For the Final the sum of £8,000 shall be retained
by the Company and added to the gross gate receipts
for the match.