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Far-reaching changes to make Welsh football fit for the future

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has approved far-reaching changes across its area associations that will lead to improved equality and diversity in governance, investment in grassroots football and increased sustainability.

Football Association of Wales

The 30 recommendations of the independent Area Association Review, which aim to be delivered in the next 18 months, build on the 80 recommendations adopted by the FAW in 2021, as detailed in its Sustainable Association for the Future report.

Key recommendations of the review include:

• Appropriately resourced regional structures that meet the needs of all grassroots football competition across Wales;

• Modern, diverse and well-governed associations with the creation of skills-based boards that are diverse, relevant and effective, with improved decision-making;

• A full-time general manager in each association with a formal link to the core FAW grassroots team, which leads on football development;

• Dedicated grassroots support.

The FAW’s chief executive, Noel Mooney, said: “Investment in grassroots and ensuring that football in Cymru [Wales] is fit for the future are the key focuses of our Ein Cymru [Our Wales] strategy.

“The far-reaching changes that have now been approved by the board are a clear demonstration of the FAW’s commitment to building a diverse, skilled and welcoming football family that promotes excellence, integrity, inclusivity and fair play.”

This article originally appeared in UEFA Direct 201