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National League clubs to vote on proposed changes to the play-off system

PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 June 2017

Dagenham & Redbridge players huddle together following the National League play-off semi-final loss at Forest Green Rovers (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge players huddle together following the National League play-off semi-final loss at Forest Green Rovers (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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National League member clubs to vote on changes at AGM this weekend

The weekend looks set to be an important one for all clubs across the three National League divisions, with a vote due to take place on proposed changes to the play-off system.

With the competitions’ Annual General Meeting due to take place in Newport on Saturday, member clubs will vote on proposed changes that would see teams as low as seventh make the play-offs.

As things currently stand, the teams in first place across all three divisions go up automatically, with clubs finishing from second to fifth competing in the play-offs, with two-legged semi-finals and a one-off final.

Under the new structure, the team in first would still go up automatically, while second and third would receive byes to the semi-finals.

In the quarter-finals, the side in fourth would host seventh, while sixth would visit fifth.

The semi-finals would then see second host the winners of fourth versus seventh and the victors of fifth against sixth travel to third, with the winners making the final.

All matches would take place over one leg, and early signs point towards the majority of member clubs accepting the proposals, which would be put in place ahead of the new season starting in August.


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