THE inaugural Ardal League campaign will be contested over a reduced season – should the Welsh Government give the green light for it to start.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) met this week to discuss the issue of the national third tiers.

It was agreed the four regional leagues would be contested over 15 games with each club playing each other once.

It means some clubs will have one less home game with the decision over fixtures to be decided by a random draw.

The current proposed starting date for the leagues is January though all depends on Sport Wales and Welsh Government approval.

It was also agreed that promotion and relegation would take place as normal with the champions of the four divisions being promoted to the second tier while the runners-up would contest play-offs.

Berriew, Bow Street, Caersws, Carno, Cefn Albion, Chirk AAA, Corwen, Four Crosses, Kerry, Llanfair United, Machynlleth, Montgomery Town, Penparcau, Penycae, Rhos Aelwyd and Welshpool Town will contest Ardal North East.

A Chirk AAA FC spokesman said: "Fantastic news - we cant wait to get started. Having built up a strong squad in the summer, we have been training hard and the boys have looked really sharp in our three friendly games.

"We have three more games lined up prior to Christmas and then fingers crossed we hope to get the nod for the league to start.

"This Saturday we travel to Penycae for our next friendly. The game is obviously behind closed doors."

Meanwhile Llandrindod Wells and Rhayader Town will compete in Ardal South East.