WPL licence success for Caernarfon

Caernarfon Town have secured Welsh Premier League status for next season.

The FAW has granted the Canaries a Tier 1 domestic licence, permitting them to play the 2019-20 season in the top flight of Welsh football.

But the club has been denied a UEFA licence, which could affect their hopes of playing in the Europa League if they qualify via the end-of-season play offs. Caernarfon have confirmed they will appeal that decision later this month.

Out of the twelve Welsh Premier clubs, only Llanelli Town was refused a Tier One licence at the first time of asking.

The Stebonheath Park club will be relegated from the top flight after just one season – having already decided against challenging the licensing panel’s decision.

The licensing system used by the FAW involves several levels of stringent criteria that each club must meet if they want to play in the Welsh Premier League – including infrastructure, coaching, personnel and financial issues.

Huws Gray Alliance champions Airbus Broughton will take their place in the WPL after they were granted a Tier 1 licence, along with Flint Town United and Rhyl from the second tier in the North and Haverfordwest County and Penybont from the Welsh League in the South.

Another seven clubs, including Bangor City and Porthmadog, withdrew their applications for a Tier 1 licence.

Ten of the current 12 Welsh Premier clubs, excluding Caernarfon and Llanelli, were also granted UEFA licences – a pre-requisite for playing in European competition, be it the Champions League or the Europa League.

After Thursday’s announcement, a spokesperson for Caernarfon Town said: ”It is the third successive year we have been awarded the licence and we wish to thank everyone who has worked diligently behind the scenes to ensure that we again met the stringent quality standards required by the FAW.”

”Unfortunately, we have not, at this stage, been awarded the UEFA Licence but can confirm that we will be appealing the decision within the ten-day window available to do so.”

”It is extremely important that we make the adjustments required to gain the licence in a professional manner that will benefit the club for the long term, and not just for the present, and we are very close to achieving this goal.”

”Our first team has already secured a Europa League play-off spot and we are confident that our appeal for the UEFA Licence will be successful.”

Caernarfon’s appeal is due to be heard on Thursday 18th April, when the FAW’s Appeals body meets in Cardiff.

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