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Association Football


Football Association of Wales
11/12 Neptune Court
Vanguard Way
Cardiff
CF24 5PJ
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Website: http://www.faw.org.uk

Date established: 1876

Disciplines: All levels of association football for men and women.

Committee Structure: The FAW is administered by a Council. Committees cover the following areas: Development, International, Intermediate, Management and Disciplinary.

Regional Structure: There are six affiliated Area Football Associations in Wales: Central Wales, Gwent County, North East Wales, North Wales Coast, South Wales and West Wales.

Relationship to National Bodies:

International Relations:
Member of FIFA and UEFA.

Publications: Handbook, Newsletter (sent by email).

Membership Figures:

1991

1996

1999

2000

2001

2002

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Additional Information

Association Football Participation

Apart from a dip in male participation in the most recent survey, participation in both indoor and outdoor football has remained relatively stable. Football is the most popular team sport in Wales with more than twice as many participants as rugby union.

Outdoor Soccer - % Adult Participation (aged 15+)

1991/92

1993/94

1995/96

1997/98

1998/99

2000/01

2002/03

Male

9.7

9.3

12.8

11.4

10.1

9.4

7.6

Female

0.2

0.4

0.9

0.7

0.5

0.6

0.5

Total

4.7

4.7

6.6

5.8

5.1

4.9

3.9



Indoor/5 a side Football - % Adult Participation (aged 15+)

1991/92

1993/94

1995/96

1997/98

1998/99

2000/01

2002/03

Male

3.2

2.9

4.1

3.2

3.3

3.0

2.7

Female

0.1

0.2

0.1

0.1

0.2

0.1

0.1

Total

1.6

1.5

2.0

1.6

1.7

1.5

1.4


The highest levels of participation in outdoor football are in Flintshire, Pembrokeshire, Newport, Denbighshire and Ceredigion, and in indoor/5 a side football in Blaenau Gwent, Denbighshire, Conwy and Flintshire. When players were asked how often they had played in the last four weeks, the average for outdoor footballers was 6 times and for indoor/5 a side players between 3 and 4 times.

Profile of Football Participants

Despite the increase in female participation in the past decade, most football participants are male. Around 10% of those aged 15 to 34 play outdoor football. This falls to 2% of 35 to 54 year olds, and 0.2% of those aged 55 and over. For indoor/5 a side football the participation rates are 3.9% (15-34), 0.9% (35-54) and 0.1% (55+). Participation is spread across social class, although with fewer participants from groups A and E.

Provision for Association Football

Outdoor football is played on pitches provided by local authorities, schools and colleges, and football clubs. Artificial turf pitches, of which there are currently almost 100 in Wales, are used for training and local competitive football. Indoor/5 a side football is played in sports halls; there are 183 sports halls available for public use in Wales. 5 a side football is also played outdoors at Multi-Use Games Areas.