North West Counties, Northern Counties East, Midland Alliance, United
Counties, Eastern Counties, Essex Senior, Kent, Sussex, Combined Counties, Spartan
South Midlands, Hellenic, Wessex, Western
leagues currently. Possible adjustment to a total of 12 in the future)
The following will operate at the end of season
* 4 from the top 6 will be promoted from the
* The top 2 from the Midland Football Alliance
will be promoted.
* 9 further clubs from the other 12 step 5
leagues as detailed in the rules below.
* Always assuming that the eligible clubs have
applied and meet the ground grading requirements.
rules for promotion
Step 5 as published by the FA
of the step 5 leagues will nominate the club finishing in 1st
position subject to meeting the entry criteria and wishing to be considered
In the event of the 1st placed club not being nominated,
the club finishing in 2nd position can be nominated subject to
the same criteria. Both the clubs relegated from Step 4 and the clubs to be
promoted from Step 5 will be placed in a feeder pool and allocated to the
most geographically appropriate league.
the event that there are more clubs qualifying for promotion than spaces
available, priority will be given to the Champion clubs in Step 5 leagues.
If there remains vacancies, clubs finishing in 2nd place in Step 5
leagues will be ranked according to the average number of points gained per
seeking promotion from Step 5 to Step 4 must make application in writing to
The Football Association, copied to their existing league, by 31st December
in the relevant year.
The application must be accompanied by the agreed grading fee, as
determined by the LC, which is non refundable.
The Football Association will arrange for ground grading visits to
take place before 31st March in the relevant year.
A final list of clubs eligible to be considered for promotion will be
published by 15th April.