Clubs must take note of the following key deadlines;
All clubs who wish to make an application to be assessed against the relevant Ground Criteria and therefore who, if successful, will be eligible to be promoted to or within the Pyramid 1 – 4 in the following season must do so in writing to the higher league between the start of the season and Saturday 31st December 2016. A first ground inspection will be made before 1st February to inform clubs what work they require to do to meet the Ground Criteria but they must complete all work to comply in full with the Ground Criteria of the higher league by Sunday 30th April 2017 to be eligible for promotion. Under no circumstances will a club be promoted if they do not meet the Ground Criteria by the 30th April deadline. Time shall be of the essence in respect of all deadlines in this sub-clause of the Regulations.
The inspection of clubs’ facilities for matches in levels 2, 3 and 4 of the Pyramid League System shall be the responsibility of the Directly Affiliated League to which the club will be promoted, including those clubs for level 5 hoping to be promoted to level 4. The said relevant body shall be solely responsible for determining whether the applicant complies with the Ground Criteria of the higher league. All applicant clubs must pay a ground inspection fee as follows;
Level 1 = £200 Level 2 = £150 Level 3 = £100Level 4 = £100
Any club proposing ground sharing arrangements for matches in the next season in the Pyramid 1 – 4 must provide written confirmation by Saturday 1st April 2017 through their Directly Affiliated League or Area Association. This arrangement must satisfy the higher league and must be for a minimum of one season.
Any club entering into a ground sharing arrangement for one season and being promoted on this basis, will automatically be relegated after one season if they are unable to continue the arrangement and are unable to confirm their facilities for the following season by 1st April. Time shall be of the essence in respect of all deadlines in this sub-clause of the Regulations.
A club will not be promoted if it has not been successful in its application.
Subject to Regulation 3(e) of the Regulations, the number of clubs promoted to a Directly Affiliated League must equate to the number of clubs relegated from the Directly Affiliated League, unless this would result in a division of the Pyramid 1 – 4 having more or less than 16 teams in the next playing season. In such circumstances the FAW may consider reducing the number of clubs relegated from the higher Directly Affiliated League; increasing the number of clubs relegated from the lower Directly Affiliated League or increasing or decreasing the number of clubs promoted into or out of any of the affected Directly Affiliated Leagues.
The complete FAW Pyramid Regulations can be found in your FAW Handbook (Section G, page 36) or downloaded from the FAW website; (http://www.faw.cymru/files/1314/7394/6909/REGULATIONS_August_2016.pdf)