The Football Association of Wales today announced the launch of the Adran Leagues.
Announced today by the Welsh governing body, it is about the new name, new identity and new structure for the top two levels of women’s football.
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The Ardan Premier, the elite of women’s football, will be made up of eight teams, which equates to 14 regular season matches. The league will then split for the upper half and the lower half, being played twice.
The price remains the same, with the winner qualifying for the UEFA Women’s Champions League. For the team that finishes at the bottom, they will be relegated to their respective geographic division.
The Adran North and South divisions feed the elite. Divisions like Premier will have eight teams in each.
As the league consists of only eight teams, the champions of the respective leagues will have an end-of-season play-off for the one and only promotion spot available.
There will also be a new regional Under-19 league, made up of 22 teams from the north and south.
The Adran Cup is also another competition which will feature 22 teams, including Tier 2, which will play in a preliminary round of the group stage before Tier 1 advance to the round of 16 for the knockout matches.
Lowri Roberts, FAW Head of Women’s Football, noted: âWe want our players to feel empowered every time they step onto the pitch. Football has exactly the same rules no matter what gender you identify with, what country you are from, or what language you speak. In this new chapter of the Wales national game, we want to state that by removing ‘the women from the league name the game remains exactly the same – it’s football.
âThe new structure will create clearer pathways, improved delivery and playing programs and player support to enable us to better nurture our footballing talents in Wales. It gives our players a more solid platform to realize their potential. In turn, this will serve both the Welsh representative in the UEFA Women’s Champions League and Cymru’s ambitions to qualify for a major international tournament.
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