A Brief Guide To The National League

WITH Southend United facing life in the National League for the first time next season, we here at ShrimpersTalk.co.uk thought it might be a good idea if we put together an article on the differences between the EFL and National League, its clubs, cup competitions, etc.

So we present to you…


A brief guide to The National League

Year founded: 1979

Original name: Alliance Premier League

Number of teams in the top division: 23

Levels on the pyramid system: 5

Promotion to: EFL League Two

Relegation to: National League North/South

Cup competitions: FA Cup, FA Trophy

TV partners: BT Sport for live fixtures, FreeSports for Highlights

Official Website: National League

21/22 season start date – August 21st 2021


Promotion and relegation

Two clubs are promoted from the National League to the EFL League Two with Two clubs being relegated from the EFL to take their place. Each year one team goes up as Champions and the second team as winners of the Play-off final at Wembley Stadium.

When it comes to relegation the bottom four clubs in the National League are relegated to either the National League North or National League South.

*No relegations took place from the National League for the 2020/2021 season


The 23 teams as of 20/21 and their official websites

Sutton United – Promoted as Champions so will be in League 2 next season – official sitesupporters forum

Torquay United – Play off contenders so may be in League 2 next season – official sitesupporters forum

Stockport County – Play off contenders so be in League 2 next season – official sitesupporters forum

Hartlepool United – Play off contenders so be in League 2 next season – official sitesupporters forum

Notts County – Play off contenders so be in League 2 next season – official site supporters forum

Chesterfield official sitesupporters forum

Bromley official site supporters forum

Wrexhamofficial sitesupporters forum

Eastleighofficial sitesupporters forum

FC Halifax Town official sitesupporters forum

Solihull Moorsofficial sitesupporters forum

Dagenham & Redbridgeofficial site supporters forum

Maidenhead Unitedofficial sitesupporters forum

Boreham Woodofficial site

Aldershot Townofficial sitesupporters forum

Yeovil Town official sitesupporters forum

Altrinchamofficial sitesupporters forum

Weymouthofficial sitesupporters forum

Wealdstoneofficial site supporters forum

Wokingofficial site supporters forum

King’s Lynn Town official sitesupporters forum

Barnetofficial site supporters forum

Dover Athleticofficial sitesupporters forum

Entering the National League along with Southend next season

Grimsby Town official site supporters forum


TV Rights and live streaming of games

Depending on what way you look at it this is either good or bad news but IFollow, unfortunately, is not a service that is on offer to National League clubs so many have to either set up their streaming services or go without one altogether.

Although relegated clubs are given two years of access to the EFL Digital platform following relegation from the EFL.

Live streaming of National League fixtures is not available to overseas supporters due to rights issues.

BT Sport is the official provider of live television coverage of certain National League fixtures throughout the season and will require a subscription to the BT Sports channels on Sky, Virgin Media, etc, etc

For further info and discussion the following ShrimperZone thread is well worth reading – https://www.shrimperzone.com/forums/threads/live-streaming-next-season.107410/page-4


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Author: Uncle_Rons_Teapot

Born and bred in Southend-on-sea and have supported the Shrimpers since 95. Season ticket holder in the East stand and occasionally travel away although recently that has become a challenge due to my health.