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South Wales Youth League

The South Wales Youth League is an amateur football league for under-18 teams in South Wales. It was founded in 1996 and currently consists of four divisions: East, North, South, and West. The league is affiliated with the South Wales FA, one of the six area associations offering opportunities for junior grassroots football in Wales.


The South Wales Youth League was founded in 1996 by a group of volunteers who wanted to provide a competitive and structured environment for under-18 football in South Wales. The league started with just four teams, but it has grown steadily over the years and now has over 100 teams competing in four divisions.

South Wales Youth League action

The league has a strong reputation for developing young players, and many former South Wales Youth League players have gone on to play professional football. Some notable former players include Gareth Bale, Joe Allen, and Ashley Williams.


The South Wales Youth League is divided into four divisions: East, North, South, and West. Each division consists of 12 to 16 teams, and teams play each other home and away. The top two teams in each division at the end of the season are promoted to the next division, while the bottom two teams are relegated to the lower division.

South Wales Youth League match

The league also has a cup competition, the South Wales Youth League Cup. The cup is open to all teams in the league, and the winner qualifies for the FAW Youth Cup.


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