Big Changes To National League Play-Offs Confirmed

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The Vanarama National League AGM has seen the play-off places expanded and will now include teams that finish 6th and 7th.

It will remain that the winners of course go up automatically, but then the next six sides will now compete in the new look playoffs.

This will happen across the Vanarama National League, plus the North and South divisions as well.

There will be a qualifying round, semi-finals and then the promotion final itself.

In total 18 Vanarama National League clubs approved the changes, four rejected it and two did not vote.

The total vote was 26-6 including the four formal votes the North and South leagues were given.

Speaking about the plans when they were first put forward as a proposal Vanarama National League Chief executive Michael Tattersall said.

“The format involves the same amount of matches as now. With six clubs competing, it will increase the interest levels.

“The same format will also apply in the North and South completions with finals being played at a club ground.”

It has also been confirmed that fixtures will be released on Wednesday 5th July.

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