Monday, July 26, 2010
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Clubs agree new fixture format

WELSH Premier clubs will play 32 league fixtures next season after the league's AGM rubber-stamped a plan put forward by FAW competitions secretary Andrew Howard.

Under the proposal, the clubs will play each other twice before a mid-season split, which will probably take place around the end of January.
Teams in the top six and bottom six will then play each other twice more to complete the 32 games, before play-offs between the clubs finishing in third to seventh place to decide the third Europa League spot.
If the Welsh Cup winners - who qualify automatically for the Europa League - are amongst the play-off places, the eighth club will also feature in the finale to the season.
It was also confirmed that the FAW Premier Cup will not be revived next season, but that the Loosemores League Cup will be played on a straight knockout basis with ties played over two legs from a regionalised draw up to and including the semi-finals.
TNS - along with, Llanelli, Port Talbot and Bangor City - will receive a bye into the quarter-finals.
Outgoing chairman Phil Woosnam revealed that the FAW has no plans to further reduce the size of the league for the next two years at least and said any review on further slimming down the league would rest on how successful the "Super 12" format proved to be.
The New Saints' chief operating officer Ian Williams was elected to the Welsh Premier board for the first time to represent the north Wales clubs.
Photo: Saints' skipper Steve Evans and Jacob Williams receive the Welsh Premier trophy at the annual dinner on Saturday night.

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