League introduce new play-off format for 2018

The National League chief executive today announced that the rumoured plans to alter the play-off structure in the top three non-league divisions will go ahead in time for next season.

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The radical new format, which was announced today by CEO Michael Tattersall, involves the top seven clubs in each of the National League premier, north and south, finishing in a ‘promotion’ position.

As usual, the winners will receive automatic promotion, whilst second to seventh position will battle it out for the other spot.

Second and third position will move straight into a one-legged semi-final (at home), whilst fourth to seventh will battle it out to join them in a quarter-final-type match.

The league have confirmed that the finals of the north and south play-offs will continue in being played at the highest placed home team.

The controversial new format could therefore see a team as low as seventh get promoted, as the league look to increase the interest levels by increasing the number of teams competing.

Source – Non League Pitchero

 

 

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