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Guide to League Pyramid

This is a guide to the Non- League Pyramid from Step 7 up.

Guide to the Non-League Pyramid
FA OFFICIAL WEBSITE: FA Ground Grading requirements STEP ONEBlue Square Bet Premier - 24 clubsBlue Square FootballFootball Conference

Promotion: Champions automatically promoted to Football League Two. Next four teams play off for the second promotion place.
Relegation: Bottom four clubs automatically relegated to Blue Square Bet North or South (can be either depending on geographic spread of clubs).

STEP TWO

(FA Ground Grading Category B is required)

Blue Square Bet North (aka Conference North) - 22 clubs

Blue Square FootballFootball Conference

Promotion: Champions automatically promoted to Blue Square Bet Premier. Next four teams play off for the second promotion place.
Relegation: Bottom three clubs automatically relegated to Step Three leagues.

Blue Square Bet South - 22 clubs

Blue Square FootballFootball Conference

Promotion: Champions automatically promoted to Blue Square Bet Premier. Next four teams play off for the second promotion place.
Relegation: Bottom three clubs automatically relegated to Step Three leagues.

STEP THREE

(FA Ground Grading Category C is required)

Ryman Premier Division - 22 clubs

Promotion: Champions automatically promoted to Step Two leagues. Next four teams play off for the second promotion place.
Relegation: Bottom four clubs automatically relegated to Step Four leagues.

Evo-Stik Northern Premier - 22 clubs

Promotion: Champions automatically promoted to Step Two leagues. Next four teams play off for the second promotion place.
Relegation: Bottom four clubs automatically relegated to Step Four leagues.

Evo-Stik Southern Premier - 22 clubs

Promotion: Champions automatically promoted to Step Two leagues. Next four teams play off for the second promotion place.
Relegation: Bottom four clubs automatically relegated to Step Four leagues.

STEP FOUR

(FA Ground Grading Category E is required for clubs seeking promotion from Step Five. Clubs have to achieve Category D no later than 31 March in the season following promotion)

Ryman Division One North - 22 clubs

Promotion: Champions automatically promoted to Step Three leagues. Next four teams play off for the second promotion place.
Relegation: Bottom two clubs automatically relegated to Step Five leagues.

Ryman Division One South - 22 clubs

Promotion: Champions automatically promoted to Step Three leagues. Next four teams play off for the second promotion place.
Relegation: Bottom two clubs automatically relegated to Step Five leagues.

Evo-Stik Division One North - 22 clubs

Promotion: Champions automatically promoted to Step Three leagues. Next four teams play off for the second promotion place.
Relegation: Bottom two clubs automatically relegated to Step Five leagues.

Evo-Stik Division One South - 22 clubs

Promotion: Champions automatically promoted to Step Three leagues. Next four teams play off for the second promotion place.
Relegation: Bottom two clubs automatically relegated to Step Five leagues.

Zamaretto League Division One Midlands - 22 clubs

Promotion: Champions automatically promoted to Step Three leagues. Next four teams play off for the second promotion place.
Relegation: Bottom two clubs automatically relegated to Step Five leagues.

Zamaretto League Division One South & West - 22 clubs

Promotion: Champions automatically promoted to Step Three leagues. Next four teams play off for the second promotion place.
Relegation: Bottom two clubs automatically relegated to Step Five leagues.

STEP FIVE

(FA Ground Grading Category F is required)

Baker Joiner Midland Football Alliance (23 clubs)
Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division (21 clubs)
Essex Senior League (17 clubs)
Hereward Teamwear United Counties League Premier Division (21 clubs)
Kool Sport Northern Counties East League Premier Division (20 clubs)
Molten Spartan South Midlands Premier Division (23 clubs)
Ridgeons (Eastern Counties) League Premier Division (22 clubs)
Safety Net Associates Kent Football League Premier Division (16 clubs)
STL Northern League Division One (22 clubs)
Sussex County League Division One (20 clubs)
Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division (22 clubs)
Toolstation Western League Premier Division (19 clubs)
Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division (22 clubs)
Vodkat (North West Counties) League Premier Division (22 clubs)

Promotion: Clubs must have applied to the Football Association for promotion to Step Four for the 2011/12 season by 31 December 2010, must then pass ground grading requirements (Grade E by 31 March 2011), and must finish in the top two places in their league to be eligible for promotion. If there are more clubs applying than places available, priority is given to champion clubs.

Relegation: Subject to agreements beween Step Five and Step Six leagues, as approved by the FA.

STEP SIX

(FA Ground Grading Category G is required)

Carlsberg South West Peninsula Football League Premier (20 clubs)
Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Division One (19 clubs)
East Midlands Counties Football League (20 clubs)
Hereward Teamwear United Counties League Division One (17 clubs)
Imosports Midland Football Combination Premier Division (19 clubs)
Kool Sport Northern Counties East League Division One (20 clubs)
Molten Spartan South Midlands Division One (22 clubs)
Ridgeons (Eastern Counties) League Division One (17 clubs)
STL Northern League Division Two (20 clubs)
Sussex County League Division Two (18 clubs)
Sydenhams Wessex League Division One (19 clubs)
Toolstation Western League Division One (19 clubs)
Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East (14 clubs)
Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West (15 clubs)
Vodkat (North West Counties) League Division One (18 clubs)
West Midlands Regional League Premier Division (20 clubs)

Promotion: Subject to agreements between Step Five and Step Six leagues, as approved by the FA, and subject to ground grading.

Relegation: Subject to agreements between Step Six and Step Seven leagues, as approved by the FA.

FA leagues and clubs manager Mike Appleby announced on 12 March 2010 that a new Kent league is planned at Step Six for the start of the 2011/12 season, to bridge the gap between the Kent League (Step Five) and Kent County League (Step Seven).

STEP SEVEN

Bridgewater Office Supplies Manchester Football League Premier Division (16 clubs)
Brighton, Hove & District Football League Premier Division (12 clubs)
Buckingham Insurance Central Midlands League Supreme Division (18 clubs)
Carlsberg South West Peninsula Football League Division One East (16 clubs)
Carlsberg South West Peninsula Football League Division One West (16 clubs)
Carlsberg West Cheshire Amateur Football League Division One (15 clubs)
Cherry Red Books Middlesex County Football League Premier Division (16 clubs)
Cheshire Football League Division One (16 clubs)
Dorset Premier League (18 clubs)
East Berkshire Football League Premier Division (12 clubs)
Errea Somerset County League Premier Division (19 clubs)
Everards Brewery Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division (16 clubs)
Gleave & Associates Anglian Combination Premier (16 clubs)
Gray Hooper Holt LLP Mid-Sussex Football League Premier Division (14 clubs)
Hertfordshire Senior County League Premier Division (15 clubs)
Ian Hart Funeral Service Worthing & District Football League Premier Division (12 clubs)
Imosports Midland Football Combination Division One (16 clubs)
Kent Blaxill Essex & Suffolk Border Football League Premier Division (18 clubs)
Kershaw Cambridgeshire County League Premier Division (17 teams)
Kingsley Healthcare Suffolk & Ipswich Football League Senior Division (16 clubs)
Live4soccer East Sussex Football League Premier Division (131 clubs)
Liverpool County Premier League Premier Division (16 clubs)
Marshall Peterborough & District Football League Premier Division (16 clubs)
MDH Teamwear Northamptonshire Combination Premier Division (13 clubs)
Molten Spartan South Midlands Division Two (16 clubs)
North Berkshire Football League Division One (12 clubs)
Oxfordshire Senior Football League Premier Division (14 clubs)
Peter Smith Recruitment Northampton Town Football League Premier Division (12 clubs)
Pin Point Recruitment Northern Football Alliance Premier Division (17 clubs)
Plaister Auto Services Wiltshire Football League Premier Division (18 clubs)
Prokit UK Essex Olympian Football League (14 clubs)
Puma Engineering Hampshire Premier League (18 teams)
Reading Football League Senior Division (12 clubs)
Sports 360 West Lancashire Football League Premier Division (16 clubs)
Sportsform Bedfordshire Football League Premier Division (15 clubs)
Staffordshire County Senior League Premier Division (16 clubs)
Surridge Gloucestershire County Football League (17 clubs)
Sussex County League Division Three (16 clubs)
Vandanel Kent County Football League Premier Division (16 clubs)
Wearside Football League (20 clubs)
West Midlands Regional League Division One (16 clubs)
West Sussex Football League Premier Division (11 clubs)

Promotion: Subject to agreements between Step Six and Step Seven leagues, as approved by the FA, and subject to ground grading.

Relegation: Subject to agreements between Step Seven leagues and their feeder leagues within county associations, as approved by the FA.

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