National League North
The National League North, formerly Conference North (named the Vanarama National League North for sponsorship reasons), is one of the second divisions of the National League in England, immediately below the top division National League. Along with National League South, it is at the second level of the National League System, and at the sixth tier overall of the English football league system.
|Number of teams||22 (24 in 2022)|
|Level on pyramid||6|
Step 2 (National League System)
|Promotion to||National League|
|Relegation to||Northern Premier League Premier Division|
Southern Football League Premier Division Central
|Domestic cup(s)||FA Cup|
|International cup(s)||Europa League |
(via FA Cup)
|Current champions||King's Lynn Town |
|Current: 2021–22 season|
The Conference North was introduced in 2004 as part of a major restructuring of English non-League football. The champions are automatically promoted to the National League. A second promotion place goes to the winners of play-offs involving the teams finishing in second to seventh place (expanded from four to six teams in the 2017–18 season). The three bottom clubs are relegated to Step 3 leagues. Teams from this division, as well as from the National League South, enter the FA Cup at the Second Qualifying Round.
For sponsorship reasons, the division was known as the Nationwide North from its formation in 2004 until 2007, when it was renamed the Blue Square North. In 2010 it was renamed the Blue Square Bet North. When the Blue Square sponsorship ended in 2013, it was renamed the Skrill North until the 2014–15 season, when it was renamed the Vanarama North. A further name change followed in 2015, when the division was renamed the Vanarama National League North.
The National League North was scheduled to expand to 24 teams in 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in England, the 2020–21 National League North season was curtailed and voided after written resolutions were put to a vote. No teams were relegated. Expansion will be implemented before the 2022–23 season when the bottom two clubs are relegated and four promoted from Step 3 after 2021–22. There are to be four relegations from the North starting in 2023.
Member clubs for 2021–22Edit
The member clubs for the 2021–22 season are as follows:
|Club||Finishing position 2019–20|
|AFC Fylde||23rd (National League)|
|AFC Telford United||14th|
|Bradford (Park Avenue)||22nd|
|Chorley||24th (National League)|
The winners of the league title and the winners of the play-off final since the league's formation in 2004 are as follows:
League stadiums for 2021–22Edit
The stadiums of all the teams in the league for the 2021–22 season are listed below:
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|Record home win||Chorley 9-0 Gloucester City, 4th September 2021||Record away win||Redditch United 0–9 Boston United, 21 August 2010|
|Highest-scoring game||AFC Fylde 9–2 Boston United, 19 November 2016|
|Most points in a season||107 points – Chester (2012–13)|
|Most wins in a season||34 – Chester (2012–13)|
|Fewest defeats in a season||3 – Chester (2012–13)|
|Most goals scored in a season||109 – AFC Fylde (2016–17)|
|Largest positive goal difference||71 – Chester (2012–13)|
|Most league titles||2 – Southport (2004–05, 2009–10)|
|Most consecutive wins||15 games (21 Feb 2006 to 22 April 2006) – Northwich Victoria|
|Most consecutive clean sheets||10 games (30 Aug 2010 to 9 November 2010) – Boston United|
|Longest unbeaten run||30 games (15 Sep 2012 to 6 April 2013) – Chester|
|Largest Attendance||6311 (3 Mar 2019) – Stockport County|
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