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
Boreham Wood – official site
Entering the National League along with Southend next season
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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