The Welsh Football League is at an all-time low right now as it sits 48th in a 53-place table; only above the likes of Armenia, Faroe Islands and Estonia. So, what can we do about this crisis?
With Wales being at an all-time low in the rankings and their national team being at an all-time high is just going to make the authorities ignore the huge problem that’s going on in our national game.
Also, with England and their league, which is ranked second, on our doorstep it makes it harder for the FAW to improve this matter.
The highest ever attendance at a Welsh Premier League game is as low as 2,746. That shows how poor the league has always been since formed and the average attendance is a much worse number of 337. Appalling. Something really needs to be done to get our local game more popular than it is. Yes, I know Wales is only a population of three million but those figures add up to roughly 0.01% of our population is attending these matches a week.
A reasonable solution to this problem could be the FAW actually getting involved and giving every club so much cash so at least we can try and build one club like Celtic in the Scottish Premier League, competing in Europe every season.
Let's look at Neath for example. They tried to sign two big players, well big for the Welsh Premier League in Lee Trundle and Kerry Morgan, they had no support of the FAW even though they were trying to do something that the FAW would’ve been praised for and they liquidated in two years.
That is absolutely atrocious; I know I didn’t see inside the club and how they were doing with finance but they should’ve been backed by the FAW because they were trying to build something and compete in European competition.
Another option that could work reasonably well is combining all the Celtic countries (Scotland, Wales, Northern & Southern Ireland) and making a Celtic League out of all the nations, like what was done in rugby.
Then you would have problems such as; travel costs, accommodation costs etc. but still if all FA’s bought into this idea it could get the Welsh teams better facilities because the FAW just seem to focus on Swansea, Cardiff, Newport and Wrexham, it could eventually after 2-3 years start attracting average League One and Championship players and it can grow from there.
The Irish FA’s would probably both buy into it because they aren’t too high in the rankings, Northern Ireland 47th & Republic of Ireland 43rd, this would mean they could get television rights and the money could start pumping in from there. It would be a tough job getting Scotland to accept this but I think they could eventually be persuaded.
Last resort could be, the FAW just give up and throw all their teams into the bottom of the English league system.
It would be a great shame to do this but if they fail to act now it’s either they’re all going to eventually liquidate or it’s going to just be exactly the same and the only direction for the Welsh League system will be down and they could fall to the very bottom of that list.
It would be a great shame but I think that the FAW are the architects of their own downfall and they aren’t working to try and improve the state that our Welsh game is in just because the national team has got two global superstars in the team. The FAW have to act and act soon, this problem they made is huge and they need to be the ones fixing it.
Lastly, one of the Welsh teams could take it among themselves to try and fix it by following in Doncaster Rovers footsteps and signing up an international superstar on a non-contract deal. Even though all men across the planet are complaining about this I think this was an absolutely outstanding idea from Doncaster Rovers.
The amount of money they must’ve inherited from that development game must’ve been unreal. Maybe the Welsh clubs could do something like this and gain revenue from a couple of thousand screaming girls. Yes, I know that would be a real last resort but at the end I think it would be worth it.
Sorry for the inaccurate picture of Newport’s home ground on the top of the article but I couldn’t find a better one; really this is a good thing as it proves my point in the whole article.
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