WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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THE New Saints will bank €800,000 for this year's European campaign when Uefa distributes the prize money later this year.

As Welsh Premier champions, TNS receive €260,000 with an added €220,000 for appearing in qualifying round one when they defeated Tre Penne of San Marino 5-1 on aggregate, and a further €320,000 for the second qualifying round 3-0 defeat at the hands of Apoel Nicosia.

On Friday, Uefa also announced that, while there will be no format changes to its club competitions going forward, financial distribution will be increased significantly from the 2018/19 season for both the Champions League and Europa League for clubs knocked out in the qualifying phase.

The news virtually guarantees that TNS will continue to dominate the Welsh Premier League scene with this year's European revenue along double or treble that of their domestic rivals, unless another WPL club takes the plunge into full-time status.

Meanwhile, Dundalk have already earned at least €5.4 million by becoming the first Irish side and the club with the lowest coefficient to reach the group stages of the Europa League following this week's Champions League play-off exit to Legia Warsaw.

The Airtricity League Premier part-timers, who hired Dublin's 51,700 capacity Aviva Stadium for the visit of Legia, will now play Zenit St Petersburg, AZ Alkmaar and Maccabi Tel Aviv.