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Revealed: Big Changes To National League Format

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Big changes to the playoff system in all National League divisions will come into play next season.

Chief executive Michael Tattersall has confirmed a brand new lay out regarding promotion will launch for 2017/18.

But as yet, the league are no further down the line for three up, three down from the EFL.

Tattersall explained that the top 7 clubs next season will now finish in a promotion position.

The winners of course go up automatically, but the following six will now compete in the new look playoffs.

This will happen across the National League, plus the National League North and South.

He confirmed: “Under the new format, all playoff matches will be played over a single leg in a qualifying round, semi final and promotion final.

“The club finishing 2nd and 3rd will automatically proceed to a semi final at their home ground.

“The clubs in 4th and 5th will stage qualifying round ties against the teams finishing 7th and 6th.

“The winners of those matches will then complete the semi final line up.

“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.”

The news is sure to spark much debate within the Non-League game, the second big overhaul announce inside the last week after the Ryman and Southern League were given control of the newly introduced divisions.

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