Late Tackle Football Magazine - - PROMOTION/RELEGATION -

then a sec­ond via play-offs.

But surely it can’t still be right now that there are four pro­mo­tion places in League Two and only half that num­ber in the di­vi­sion be­low, which is ef­fec­tively the fifth di­vi­sion.

In League Two you can reach the play-offs by fin­ish­ing in sev­enth po­si­tion. In the Na­tional League, you need to fin­ish in the top five.

Wouldn’t it make more sense for there to be three pro­mo­tion places in League Two and three in the Na­tional League? Isn’t it time to level things up across the board?

Okay, the Foot­ball League and its clubs may not want to make the change, but we’re in the 21st cen­tury, aren’t we? Of course, it isn’t just in the Foot­ball League/Na­tional League that there are th­ese in­equal­i­ties. As Non-League con­tin­ues from its top down, there are dif­fer­ences, largely cre­ated by the 1-2-36 divi­sional struc­ture.

For ex­am­ple, there are four rel­e­ga­tion places in the Na­tional League to per­mit two clubs to come up from Na­tional League North and South re­spec­tively.

Then there are three rel­e­ga­tion places apiece from Na­tional League North and South to al­low for two teams

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