AMMANFORD AFC will soon return to league football following an announcement by the FAW.

The JD Cymru North and South leagues have been granted ‘elite status’ by Sport Wales meaning that the 2020/21 season can begin.

Some sides have already begun playing local friendlies or inter-club friendlies after the easing of lockdown restrictions in Wales.

The FAW National Leagues board will now get together to determine a format and start date for the season.

The Football Association of Wales confirmed the news on Thursday, November 26, and said they had been working with Welsh Government and Sport Wales to produce a return to play plan for the leagues.

The National Sports Group has also requested that the FAW conducts a review of the Men’s Tier 2 implementation for discussion and assessment, before any formal decision is taken on the return of Men’s Tier 3 football in January.

The leagues will follow the approved FAW Tier 2 Return to Play Regulations in order to safely manage the return of football.

All 32 clubs have recently undergone site visits with FAW representatives to ensure that the stadiums are compliant with social distancing measures.

As part of the Return to Play Regulations, all players, technical staff, club officials, match officials and administrators who will require access to the red zone of the stadium, will have to undergo daily medical assessments and a temperature test upon arrival at the stadium.

The FAW welcomes the cooperation of all 32 clubs and the new measures in place have helped to ensure that football at Tier 2 level will be able to start again in the near future.

The Association is committed to doing all it can to support the potential return of Tier 3 Men’s, which is eligible to be given ‘elite status’ by Sport Wales. The Association will also continue its discussions with Welsh Government to find a way forward for Tier 4 Men’s & Tier 2 Women’s and below.