Promotion and Relegation – Season 2021/22

The Football Association has recently advised leagues within the National League System of the regulations relating to promotion and relegation to be applied at the end of the 2021-22 season.

Click here for a file containing the regulations that have an effect on our competition.

A brief summary would be:

Eastern Counties League Premier Division:

the winners will be promoted to Step 4

the club finishing second will take part in a one-off play-off match against a side finishing either 3rd or 4th bottom in a Step 4 division. The match will be on the ground of the Step 4 club with the winners playing at Step 4 in season 2022-23

the clubs finishing in the bottom two places will be relegated to Step 6.

Eastern Counties League First Division North and First Division South:

the winners will be promoted to Step 5

in each division the clubs finishing second will play at home to the clubs finishing fifth and the clubs finishing third will be at home to the clubs finishing fourth. The winners of those two matches will play a further match on the ground of the clubs that finished highest during the normal season with the winners being promoted to Step 6

the clubs finishing in the bottom three places will be liable to relegation to Step 7 subject to the appropriate number of clubs being promoted from feeder leagues and vacancies.

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