FOOTBALL bigwigs in Wales are hoping to have a new tier system up and running by the start of August but a counter-proposal has been put forward involving the Costcutter and Cambrian Tyres leagues in Ceredigion.

The Football Association of Wales is introducing a set-up headed by a Premier League, North & Mid and South & Mid Championships and four regions of 16 clubs making up tier three.

It is proposed to have a fourth tier involving clubs in mid-Wales including Ceredigion, with the winners promoted to tier three.

The FAW says clubs are already in place for tier three and it is hoped tier four will be completed in the near future.

The Central Wales FA has contacted clubs in the four leagues under its jurisdiction and received expressions of interest in the formation of tier four.

But there is a feeling in Costcutter League circles that it would be more beneficial to have a Ceredigion Premier League comprising top clubs from the Costcutter League and Cambrian Tyres Aberystwyth League.

Advocating such a move, Costcutter chairman John Jones of Llanddewi Brefi said there could still be Costcutter and Cambrian Tyres leagues, with the winners of each promoted to the premier league.

“It makes far more sense to do that rather than this new system. They (FAW) say they have the clubs for tier three, but they have not been named,” said Mr Jones.

“If we had a premier competition in Ceredigion and a league in the north and south we could also have a reserve league,” he said.

“Whether the FAW can organise a tier four at this stage remains to be seen, and I hope it is not a rush job,” said the chairman.

A number of Costcutter clubs contacted in relation to a proposed tier four said they had expressed interest, but no hard and fast decisions had yet been taken.