THE Huws Gray Alliance is the second tier of the Welsh football pyramid for clubs from north and mid-Wales.
South Wales has the parallel Welsh Football League Division 1.
At the end of the season the champions of both second tier leagues are eligible for promotion to the Welsh Premier, if they can gain the FAW's domestic club licence. If not, the runner-up may also qualify.
Teams that have gained promotion from the Alliance in recent years are Welshpool Town (2002), Porthmadog (2003), Airbus UK (2004), Llangefni Town (2007), Prestatyn Town (2008), Bala Town (2009), Connah's Quay (2012), Rhyl (2013), Cefn Druids (2014) and Llandudno (2015).
In 2010/11, the number of clubs in the league was reduced to 16 with Caersws, Cefn Druids, Connah's Quay, Porthmadog, Rhyl and Welshpool all dropping down from the Welsh Premier.
Rhayader Town, Rhos Aelwyd and Rhydymwyn were promoted, while Berriew, Bethesda Athletic, Caernarfon Town, Denbigh Town, Gresford Athletic, Holyhead Hotspur, Lex XI, Llanfairpwll, Llangollen Town and Mold Alexandra were all relegated from the Alliance into tier three leagues.
At the end of season 2014/15, champions Llandudno were promoted to the Welsh Premier for the first time, with Cefn Druids and Prestatyn Town relegated from the WPL back to the Alliance. Holywell Town, Gresford Athletic and Llanfair United were promoted to the Alliance with Llandrindod Wells, Llanidloes Town, Penycae and Rhydymwyn relegated to third tier leagues.
Caernarfon Town, Caersws, Cefn Druids, Conwy Borough (as Conwy United), Flint Town United, Holywell Town, Mold Alexandra, Porthmadog, Prestatyn Town and Rhayader Town are all former members of the Welsh Premier/League of Wales.