Welsh Premier League

THE Dafabet Welsh Premier - the national league of Wales - once again kick-offs the 2015/16 season with 12 clubs, after a reduction in size from 18 clubs in 2009/10.

Haverfordwest County won a return to the top flight after a four-year absence, promoted as Welsh League runners-up, while Huws Gray Alliance champions Llandudno reached the top flight for the first time in their history.  

The New Saints finished the campaign as champions for the ninth time, with Bala Town finishing as runners-up.

Newtown qualified for Europe after beating Aberystwyth Town in the play-off final, while Airbus UK Broughton claimed the final Europa League spot as the third placed finishers in the league.

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.

Fixture format

The clubs will play each other twice in the first phase of the 2015/16 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.

Prize money

  • 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

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