Football Association of Wales

Football Association of Wales
Founded 1876
FIFA affiliation 1910
UEFA affiliation 1954
IFAB affiliation 1886
President David Griffiths

The Football Association of Wales (Welsh: Cymdeithas Bêl-droed Cymru) (FAW) is the governing body of association football in Wales. It is a member of FIFA, UEFA and the IFAB.[1]

Established in 1876, it is the third-oldest national association in the world,[2] and one of the four associations, along with the English Football Association, Scottish Football Association, Irish Football Association and FIFA, that make up the International Football Association Board, responsible for the Laws of the Game.[1]


The Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Wrexham.

The FAW was founded at a meeting held on 2 February 1876 at the Wynnstay Arms Hotel in Wrexham, initially to formalise the arrangements for the forthcoming match against Scotland.[3]

In May 1876, a further meeting was called, this time in the ballroom of the Wynnstay Arms Hotel in Ruabon where the name "Football Association of Wales" was agreed and the constitution drawn up.[4] The arguments and discussions continued so long that the local policeman came in to call time.

"Sadly we have no record of the words actually used by the police constable as he stood sternly surveying the scene in the Wynnstay Arms, Ruabon, on that May night in 1876; but what they amounted to was that even if the gentlemen were busy forming the Football Association of Wales it was past closing time so would they mind forming it somewhere else… "[5]
The Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Ruabon, where the constitution of the FAW was agreed upon.

Fortunately, Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn was in attendance; as the local JP (and also the sitting Member of Parliament), he went next door, opened the court, extended the hotel's licensing hours and thus enabled the meeting to continue.[4] The meeting ended with Llewelyn Kenrick appointed as the first chairman and honorary secretary[6] with John Hawley Edwards as first treasurer.[7]

Kenrick continued to serve the FAW until 1884, when he left, probably because of the trend towards professionalism. In 1897, when the FAW secretary was charged with fraud, Kenrick returned to guide the association through the crisis. He made the final break a few months later over the minor issue of the allocation of gate money to Welsh Cup semi-finalists and finalists.[6]


The FAW is responsible for the administration of football in Wales, running the six international teams, namely the "A", Under 21, Under 19, Under 17, Women's, Women's Under 19, Women's Under 17 and Semi-Professional.

The FAW is also responsible for all disciplinary actions against players in teams associated with the FAW. This includes Welsh teams playing in the English football pyramid, superseding the English FA disciplinary system with the exception of Cardiff City and Swansea City A.F.C.


The FAW is based at Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff.[1]

It is governed by a council including nineteen councillors who are either elected, or appointed every three years.[1]

In 2012, chief executive Jonathan Ford claimed the FAW had an income of £14 million, funded from FIFA, UEFA, grants, sponsorship and TV revenue. All finances were spent on the further development of the game.[2]

In 2013, Dragon Park, the Wales National Football Development Centre, opened in Newport.

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 "About FAW - Football Association of Wales". Football Association of Wales. 2007. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  2. 1 2 Llewellyn-Jones, Robert (15 March 2012). "Football must be run by business people, claims FAW chief executive". Wales Online. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  3. "1876 Kenrick's Challenge". The Story of Welsh Football. Wrexham County Borough Council. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  4. 1 2 "Who was the inspiration behind Wales' first football team?". The Story of Welsh Football. Wrexham County Borough Council. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  5. 100 Years of Welsh Soccer - The Official History of The Football Association of Wales. Peter Corrigan, 1976.
  6. 1 2 Davies, Gareth; Garland, Ian (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Soccer Players. Bridge Books. pp. 119–120. ISBN 1-872424-11-2.
  7. Who's Who of Welsh International Soccer Players. p. 53.
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