North West Counties, Northern Counties East, Midland Alliance, United
Counties, Eastern, Essex Senior, Kent, Sussex, Combined Counties,
Isthmian Div 2, Spartan South Midlands, Hellenic, Wessex, Western
leagues currently. Possible adjustment to a total of 12 in the future)
is the proposed procedure for promotion
2 restructuring. (Details of the FA proposal
FA are planning to increase the number of step 4 leagues from 4 to 5 each
with 22 clubs. This means that 30 clubs from step 5 will be required to
move up to step 4.
Once all teams are known, then the clubs will be allocated to divisions to
give the best geographical fit. The Northern Premier will administer one
league and the Southern and Isthmian leagues will each administer two of
from Step 4
clubs occupying the bottom place in the Isthmian League Division One,
Northern Premier League Division One, Southern League Division One East,
and Southern League Division One West will be relegated together with the
three 2nd bottom clubs with the worst points per gane record. These 7
clubs will be placed into a Promotion/Relegation Pool and allocated to the
most geographically appropriate league at Step 5.
from Step 5
following procedures will apply for season 2005-2006:
a. Clubs wishing to be considered for promotion from
Step 5 to Step 4 must make application to The Football Association by 30th
November 2005 in accordance with current National League System
b. Clubs wishing to be considered for promotion must
meet a minimum acceptable standard with regard to facilities. Therefore,
in order to be considered for promotion, clubs must achieve the proposed
new Grading Category E by the 1st April 2006.
c. Between the 1st December and 1st
March all clubs will be graded and advised of any works that need to be
d. At the conclusion of Season 2005-2006 a club,
in order to be considered for promotion, must finish in 1st, 2nd
or 3rd place in their Step 5 League. In
clubs finishing in 4th or 5th places may be considered as being eligible
upon geographical circumstances.
there are insufficient step 5 clubs that have applied and met the
necessary ground grading requirements, then the clubs in the bottom places
of step 4 will be reprieved. This will be done on a points per game basis.