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.


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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