Bangor City have been refused the Football Association of Wales (FAW) Tier 1 Licence that is required for them to participate in the Welsh Premier League for the 2018/19 season.

A meeting took place at the FAW’s headquarters in Cardiff today to assess and consider the 11 UEFA and 17 FAW Tier 1 applications, Connah’s Quay from the Welsh Premier League also failed the license at the first time of asking.

The licence is a mandatory requirement to compete in the Welsh Premier League, a UEFA licence is also required for all Welsh clubs who qualify and participate in European football next season.

The news comes on the eve of Bangor City’s biggest match of the season as they prepare to face Connah’s Quay in the Welsh Cup semi-final on Saturday evening.


Those clubs who have been refused a Licence by the First Instance Body, now have ten days in which to submit an appeal. Should an application of appeal be received by the FAW, an Appeals Body will meet in Cardiff on Thursday 26 April 2018.

The Club Licensing system aims to assist the continual improvement and development of football clubs at the top level within Wales. Licensing is a transparent process that enables clubs to demonstrate to their stakeholders that they meet quality standards.

Clubs are assessed on the following criteria:

  • Sporting: Youth & Coaching
  • Infrastructure
  • Legal
  • Personnel & Administration
  • Financial and Codes of Practice


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