- Welsh Football League Ground Criteria



The Welsh Football League - 2009 Ground Criteria


Procedure for Application of Admission to The Welsh Football League






1.1 Clubs likely to be in contention for the top two places in each of the Feeder League's who wish to be considered for membership of the league, must notify their area association and The Welsh Football League by 31st December. These clubs will then have their grounds and facilities inspected by the 1st February following, to see if they meet The Welsh League Ground criteria.


The clubs must arrange for the inspection to be attended by the principal officers of the club. All the facilities must be available for inspection at the time of the visit and required documentation available for perusal. The inspection will proceed even if none of the specified representatives are present.


A fee of £100 which is non returnable is payable in advance of the initial inspection to the League by each applicant club, which will cover the initial inspection and subsequent re-inspection.


The decision concerning the success or otherwise of the clubs application for membership will be made by The Welsh League Management Committee and their decision shall be final.


1.2 A copy of one of the following must be available at the first inspection:-


(i) The clubs title deeds showing the freehold interest of the ground, or


(ii) A copy of any lease, or


(iii) Any licence agreement, or


(iv) A copy of any ground sharing agreement that is subject to approval, or


(v) Any other such agreement acceptable to The Welsh Football League.


1.3 The League Ground Inspectors' report will be sent to the applicant club as soon as possible after the inspection. It will identify any works to be carried out to bring the facilities up to the required standard. A club will not be allowed into membership of the League unless all the works are carried out to the satisfaction of the Inspectors by the date of the second inspection, which will be by the 30th April.


1.4 The applicant club will be held responsible to ensure that the playing pitch and the ground are properly maintained. The ground must be available for the club to play at home throughout the playing season as required by and to the satisfaction of the League.


1.5 An annual subscription as per League Rules will be payable on acceptance.


1.6 The above requirements are made subject to the FAW Pyramid Regulations.




The merger of two clubs, either of whom is in contention for possible admission into membership of the League, will be considered on its merits, but the new merged club will not be considered for membership of the League if the proposed merger is, in the opinion of the League management Committee, arranged especially to gain membership of the League.




Any club making application for promotion must play on the ground which they occupied on the 31st December prior to the season for which promotion was sought.






Grounds must be fully and securely enclosed by permanent boundaries of a solid structure with a minimum height of 4'6'' and capable of preventing unauthorised access, with the exception of a main entrance point to allow the taking of admission prices to spectators.


For enclosed grounds, the location and number of ground exits must comply with local safety requirements. It would normally be expected that there would be at least two exit points around the ground. All exits must be clearly signposted.  




The minimum length of pitch is 90 metres (100 yards) and the maximum length is 120 metres (130 yards) and the minimum width is 45 metres (50 yards) and maximum width is 90 metres (100 yards), and the playing area must be maintained to an adequate standard. Goal posts and goal net supports must be of professional manufacture and meet the requirements of the Laws of the Game. They must be identical.


All clubs must have the playing area of their ground enclosed by a solid barrier during the playing season. (Rope or wire is not acceptable).


In certain circumstances (where cricket is played in the summer months) where it is not possible to erect a permanent barrier, it may be allowable to have one side of the ground enclosed by close mesh security type fencing fixed into the ground.


The shortest distance between the touch line and pitch perimeter barriers should not be less than 1.83 metres.


No other match will be allowed to take place whilst a League or Cup match is in progress where the Management Committee considers that the proximity of the second pitch will have a detrimental effect on the fixture.




Clubs must provide two covered dugouts adjacent to the playing area, located near the halfway line.


They must be capable of accommodating a minimum of 6 seated persons, and the floor must have a solid foundation of concrete, tarmac or paved slabs. (No other material is acceptable).


A technical area, (as defined in "Laws of the Game") must be marked out in front of each dug out.




All clubs must have a permanent covered stand, made from solid materials, erected close to the playing area and on or near the half way line. It must be capable of accommodating a minimum of 100 spectators. The floor of the stand must have a solid foundation of concrete, tarmac, paved slabs or steel. (No other material is acceptable).




Players and officials' dressing rooms must be heated, well ventilated, free from damp, secure and must be situated within the boundaries of the ground and within reasonable distance to the playing area.


Players Changing


Separate dressing rooms must be provided for each team, capable of accommodating a minimum of 16 people. Each team dressing room must have a separate shower area with a minimum of four shower heads.


There shall be a minimum of 1 W/C and 1 urinal, with hot and cold running water for the use of the teams within the vicinity of each dressing room complex.


Match Officials Dressing Room


A separate room must be provided for the exclusive use of the match officials. The area must be capable of accommodating a minimum of 3 persons, and must contain a shower, WC and a wash basin with hot and cold running water. This room must not be used for storage or similar purposes.




All clubs must have first aid equipment, which must include a stretcher. The location of first aid equipment must be clearly marked in all dressing rooms. It is desirable that clubs provide a designated area for first aid.


Currently certified/qualified first aid staff must be available at all fixtures.


Emergency vehiclesmust be able to drive into the stadium. The access and egress points must not be blocked. A parking space must be identified for an emergency vehicle to park which must not be occupied by another vehicle or used for any other purpose.


Unobstructed access leading from a spectator area in the stadium to the playing field msut be provided to allow access or egress for a stretcher. It is recpmmended that this access is located as close as possiblr to the area designated for the access/egress of emergency vehicles.




All clubs must provide a room for the use of visiting club officials and guests, situated as close to the playing area as possible.


Tea, or some form of liquid must be provided for players and match officials at half time and full time, and at half time for visiting club officials and guests.


Refreshment facilities shall also be made available to all spectators.


After match hospitality shall be on or close to the ground.




A telephone, the number of which must be in the club particulars in the League handbook, must be available on all match days to make and receive calls.




Adequate toilet facilities must be provided for both male and female spectators within the complex of the ground at all times, with wash basins and hot and cold running water.




Each club must produce a match day programme complying with rule 16 of the Leagues Constitution and Rules.




On inspection, consideration will be taken on the general condition and state of repair of all the facilities provided. Clubs are required to affect maintenance on a continuing basis to maintain the required standards.


When considering future works at grounds, clubs should take into consideration the overall impression of the ground and whether it looks, on first appearance, like a football stadium.