|Number of teams||27|
|Level on pyramid||7–8|
|Promotion to||South Wales Alliance League|
|Current champions||FC Abercwmboi 'A' |
|Website||Aberdare Valley League|
The Aberdare Valley Association Football League is a football league affiliated to the South Wales FA and provides football at the seventh and eighth levels of the Welsh football league system. The League's boundaries stretch from Rhigos in the north to Carnetown, Abercynon in the South of the Cynon Valley.
As of 2015 the league is only responsible for providing Mini football (Under 7 to Under 11) and Senior Men's football to the area. Junior (Under 12 to Under 16) football became the responsibility of the newly formed Aberdare Rhondda Junior Football League now called the Cynon Rhondda Merthyr Junior Football League.
The league is composed of three divisions, with the following member clubs for the 2020–21 seasonafter 8 of the 10 clubs from the Merthyr & District League 2019–20 season were admitted.
Promotion from the Premier Division is possible to the South Wales Alliance League, with the champion of the league playing the other tier 7 champions from the South Wales regional leagues via play-off games to determine promotion.
Aberdare is a town in the Cynon Valley area of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, at the confluence of the Rivers Dare (Dâr) and Cynon. Aberdare has a population of 39,550. Aberdare is 4 miles (6 km) south-west of Merthyr Tydfil, 20 miles (32 km) north-west of Cardiff and 22 miles (35 km) east-north-east of Swansea. During the 19th century it became a thriving industrial settlement, which was also notable for the vitality of its cultural life and as an important publishing centre.
Cynon Valley is a former coal mining valley in Wales. Cynon Valley lies between Rhondda and the Merthyr Valley and takes its name from the River Cynon. Aberdare is located in the north of the valley and Mountain Ash is in the south of the valley.
The Welsh Football League Division Two, was a football league and forms the fourth level of the Welsh football league system in South Wales.
Cynon Valley is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2019 by Beth Winter of the Labour Party.
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Hirwaun is a village and community at the north end of the Cynon Valley in the County Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales. It is 4 miles (6 km) NW of the town of Aberdare, and comes under the Aberdare post town. At the 2001 census, Hirwaun had a population of 4,851. increasing at the 2011 census to 4,990. The village is on the Heads of the Valleys Road and at the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Aberaman is a village near Aberdare in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, south Wales. It was heavily dependent on the coal industry and the population, as a result, grew rapidly in the late nineteenth century. Most of the industry has now disappeared and a substantial proportion of the working population travel to work in Cardiff and the M4 corridor. Many residents also work in the nearby towns of Aberdare and Pontypridd.
The River Cynon in South Wales is a main tributary of the Taff. Its source is the rising of Llygad Cynon at 219m above sea level at Penderyn, Rhondda Cynon Taf and flows roughly southeast, into the Taff at Abercynon in the same district. The water emerging at Llygad Cynon has been traced back to the sink of the Nant Cadlan at Ogof Fawr.
The Aberdare Canal was a canal in Glamorgan, Wales which ran from Aberdare to a junction with the Glamorganshire Canal at Abercynon. It opened in 1812, and served the iron and coal industries for almost 65 years. The arrival of railways in the area did not immediately affect its traffic, but the failure of the iron industry in 1875 and increasing subsidence due to coal mining led to it becoming uneconomic. The Marquess of Bute failed to halt its decline when he took it over in 1885, and in 1900 it was closed on safety grounds. The company continued to operate a tramway until 1944. Most of the route was buried by the construction of the A4059 road in 1923, although a short section at the head of the canal remains in water and is now a nature reserve. The company was wound up in 1955.
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