Welsh Football League

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Welsh Football League
Welsh football league logo.png
Founded1904;116 years ago (1904)
(as "Rhymney Valley League Div. 1")
CountryFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
Number of teams32 (16 in each division)
Level on pyramid1 (1904–1992)
2 (1992–2019)
3 & 4 (1992–2020)
Domestic cup(s) Welsh Cup
Welsh Football League Cup

The Welsh Football League (also known as the Nathaniel Car Sales Welsh Football League for sponsorship reasons) was a club football league in Wales. For its final season in 2019–20 season it operated at levels 3 and 4 of the Welsh football league system. Level 3 – the Welsh Football League Division One and level 4 Welsh Football League Division Two. It folded in 2020 after the Football Association of Wales took over the running of tier 3 leagues and the responsibility for tier 4 passed to regional football associations.


The Welsh Football League's history stretches back to 1904 when the competition was first formed and Aberdare were crowned first champions of a seven-team First Division. Abergavenny were champions of Division 2 and Trelewis the winners of Division 3.

The first season in 1904–05

In April 1904, the Merthyr Express newspaper reported that a new football league would be formed in addition to the South Wales League which had been in existence since 1891.

This new competition would be named the Rhymney Valley League and the reason for its creation was due to the South Wales League being overly dominated by Cardiff clubs, though the number of teams from Cardiff barely numbered more than a couple in any one season. [1]


Division 1 of the League operated at the 2nd level of the Welsh system, until 2019–20, when it was replaced at that level by the FAW Championship. [2]

Former divisions

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  1. "South Wales League History". Welsh Football Data Archive (WFDA). Archived from the original on 17 August 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  2. Karel Stokkermans and Roberto Di Maggio (26 September 2019). "Wales 2018/19: Second Level". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 September 2020.