For the feeder to the Welsh Premier League, see Welsh Football League. For the rugby union league, see Welsh Premier Division. As of July 2018 the Welsh Premier Premier league highlights was ranked 48th out of 55 members by the UEFA coefficient. 93 season, and officially launched on 15 August 1992.
At the time, despite the FAW being a FIFA and UEFA member it had not previously organised a national league, only the Welsh Cup. League clubs who wanted to remain part of the English football pyramid. Prior to the inaugural season, Bangor City, Newtown and Rhyl reluctantly agreed to play in the League of Wales. However, as Rhyl’s application to join the league was late, they were placed in the second level of the pyramid system.
Because of FAW sanctions, the remaining five clubs were forced to play their home matches in England. Caernarfon Town decided to join the League of Wales. Newport County have since gained promotion to the Football League and Wrexham have dropped into the English non-League divisions. One of the major problems facing the league is the lack of teams from the major population centres of Wales, which hampers the chances of high attendances at matches.
Cymru Alliance in the north and the Welsh Football League Division One in the south. 09, Prestatyn Town played in the Welsh Premier League for the first time after promotion from the Cymru Alliance, whilst Llangefni Town were relegated to the Cymru Alliance after only one season. They replaced Caernarfon Town who were relegated to the Cymru Alliance. 10 season, due to league restructuring Connah’s Quay, Porthmadog, Welshpool Town, Caersws and Cefn Druids were relegated to the Cymru Alliance league.
Rhyl were also relegated to the Cymru Alliance, despite finishing 6th in the Welsh Premier League, as they failed to meet the financial criteria required to gain the Welsh Premier League domestic licence. No teams were promoted to the Welsh Premier League from the feeder leagues. The champions of the Welsh Premier League qualify, along with the champions of every European domestic league, for the UEFA Champions League. The second placed team qualifies for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. The teams in places 3 to 7 then play-off for the second Europa spot.