THE Corbett Sports Welsh Premier - the national league of Wales - once again kick-offs the 2014/15 season with 12 clubs, after a reduction in size from 18 clubs in 2009/10.
Cefn Druids won a return to the top flight after a four-year absence, promoted as Huws Gray Alliance champions. But only Afan Lido were relegated from the league, 11th-placed Prestatyn Town surviving because no club with the FAW domestic licence finished in the top two of the Welsh League in the south.
The New Saints finished the campaign as champions for the eighth time, with Airbus UK Broughton finishing as runners-up for the second season in succession.
Bangor City qualified for Europe after beating Rhyl in the play-off final, while Aberystwyth Town claimed the final Europa League spot as the beaten Welsh Cup finalists.
There is no route for promotion from the Welsh Premier, although the champion side is entered in the Uefa Champions League, with two clubs entered in the Europa League alongside the Welsh Cup winners.
The clubs will play each other twice in the first phase of the 2014/15 competition.
The league will then split into top six and bottom six, with the clubs in those groups playing each other twice again to make a 32-fixture league season.
No club in the bottom six may finish higher than seventh, no matter how many points are gained during the split stage.
Clubs finishing in third to seventh position will then take part in a play-off to determine who gains the third Europa League spot the following season.
Should the Welsh Cup winners be amongst those clubs, the eighth placed club would be invited into the play-offs.
Because of this, the season will be extended, as the play-offs will not be able to take place until after the Welsh Cup final.
- Winners £15,000
- Runners up £12,500
- 3rd £10,000
- 4th £8,000
- 5th £7,000
- 6th £6,000
- 7th £5,000
- 8th £4,000
- 9th £3,000
- 10th £2,000