Connah's Quay Nomads crowned Welsh champions after season cancelled


(Reuters) - Wales' top soccer league has been called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Connah's Quay Nomads have been crowned champions for the first time, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) said on Tuesday.

The Cymru Premier League season was brought to a halt with Connah's Quay holding a four-point lead over eight-times defending champions The New Saints with both teams having played 26 matches.

An unweighted points-per-game system was used to determine the final standings, the FAW said, adding that promotion and relegation places will be determined in "due course".

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"The FAW Board took into consideration the health and safety of all those involved with these leagues," Welsh soccer's governing body said in a statement

"Furthermore, the board also considered specific economic and financial impacts of attempting to finish the season during the pandemic and felt it was imperative not to risk the long-term financial stability of the leagues and their clubs."

Wales' second to fourth tiers have also abandoned their seasons.

(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)

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