National League

National League

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National League
The National League are, in some sense the gateway to professional football in the UK. In fact, the League composes of a mixture of both semi-professional and professional clubs. Unlike the other four higher divisions, that are all made up of professional clubs. As such, it is the lowest-ranked League in the UK. Meaning that on the overall scale it ranks fifth, but it’s the highest level of the National League System. Also, to keep in mind, the name may appear different in some settings. As it also called the Vanarama League, due to a sponsorship agreement. Yet, some readers and core fans may still refer to its older name, the Conference National. However, in June 6th 2015 it was official rebranded, and the League saw an overhaul. Which leads us to the current time and its name National League.

Quick history
We already know the exact date and year the League got its new identity. But to give you some more background lets venture down the memory lane. To find the roots, we need to go back to the late 70s, more precise, 1979. Where the leading teams from the Southern Premier League and Northern League launched the Alliance Premier League. By then, it had one single division at its first 25 years of existence. However, in the season 2004/05, a split where made and 3 identities introduced, that persists to this day. As such you will see the main National League, and the two linked but one step lower the League North, and League South. All following the rules and regulations from the National League System (NLS) Committee. Now when you know the origin and rough outlines of said League, let’s check out the teams and what they play for.

National League Table

How many teams include in the National League?
All in all, the whole vertical of the National League system has roughly a hundred divisions and thousands of teams. Although, the top 3 in the NLS system contains 68 teams. Where the National League has 24, the League North 22, and League South 22. Also, as the League follows the exact same guidelines as the higher one, the same round-robin system comes into account when games play. Meaning that all the team in the same League is playing each other 2 times, home and away. Plus, the rules and regulations apply down to the lowest teams. Saying that no matter where the team is currently positioned, they always have a theoretically chance to climb to the very top.

A season of National League
The League follow the same guidelines as the rest of the football pyramid in the UK. Therefore, a season as such plays between August and May. So when you see the fixtures and result display per season, you going to see it named like 2019/20. Which means, 2019 indicates August while 20 is the following years May. Besides the season walking hand in hand as the rest of the divisions, the same is true about the moving up and moving down, with one minor difference. The club that is National League champions in the at the end of the season is automatically promoted to League Two. While the second spot gets determined after 2nd to 7th placed teams gone through a play-off. While the bottom 4 teams demote to either North or South division. Which is mainly decided by geography. Although, the final saying comes from the NLS Committee.

Who owns the League?
As same as any organization or company structure, the League is per definition structured the same. Meaning that there is a board of directors that is the runner or organiser of the competition. Yet, as the name indicates, Vanarama National League is economically supported by individuals and other companies. All in the spirit to keep the greatly appreciated sport alive in the UK.

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