THE JD Cymru South has been cancelled for 2020/21 because clubs have not been granted elite status.

A revised format for the second-tier leagues had been planned to get under way at the start of the year, with 15 games rather than 30.

However, lockdown led to those plans being scrapped and now there will be no action in the league featuring Cwmbran Celtic, Goytre United, Risca United and Undy Athletic until 2021/22.

“The Football Association of Wales has received clarification that the JD Cymru North and JD Cymru South have not had their ‘Elite Status’ designation reinstated by the National Sport Group (NSG).

“As a result, the 2020/21 season has been cancelled for these competitions due to the ongoing public health crisis and the current Welsh Government COVID-19 alert level, leaving insufficient time to safely complete a reduced season.

“The NSG includes representation from Sport Wales, Welsh Sports Association, Commonwealth Games and the Welsh Government.

“The FAW fully understands the frustrations felt by many throughout the country of not being able to play, volunteer and support their clubs.

“However, these are unprecedented times and the FAW is not responsible for the national COVID-19 policies and guidelines, which are in place to keep the nation as safe as possible.

“The FAW continues to encourage that everyone follows the Welsh Government guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

The Nathaniel MG Cup was cancelled at the start of the month.

The Cymru Premier and the Welsh Premier Women's League got back under way earlier this month after having their elite status reinstated.