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Welsh Premier clubs set for 44-game league season

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Welsh Premier clubs have opted to play 44 league games in next season's revamped Super 12 format following a club's meeting in Newtown on Thursday.

The league board will recommend to the Football Association of Wales council that the 44 game option is adopted.

Nine clubs voted for the option while six opted for the plan to split the league once clubs have played each other twice to have just 32 games.

One club abstained but now teams will play each other four times a season.

League secretary John Deakin said: "The clubs accepted there was no ideal solution regarding the number of fixtures to be played.

"However, the clubs have now been given the opportunity to express their views and the majority saw the 44 game format as the fairest, although not ideal option.

"Hopefully this can now be ratified by the FAW and I can get on with planning for what is bound to be a challenging season."

The League Cup will be on a straight knock-out basis.

Clubs unanimously voted for changes in June that will see the league cut from 18 teams to 12 from the 2010/11 season.

But the format was undecided until now so teams will play 44 games - ten more than they are this season - with the extra cost implications and the extra burden on playing surfaces.

A Welsh Premier statement read: "Clubs requested at the meeting that the majority of fixtures involving longer journeys are scheduled in the early and later months of the season.

"But clubs did accept that there will be additional midweek games and a likely extension at either end of the season.

"The clubs also voted by sixteen to two for the board to investigate the feasibility of a reserve league for Welsh Premier clubs to provide them with an adequate standard of football following their removal from the directly affiliated leagues at the end of the current season.

"This was identified as a particularly serious problem for the Central Wales Clubs, that have traditionally played in the Spar Mid Wales League."

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Premier clubs pass league changes
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