The F.A. have determined that the following rules will apply for promotions and relegations in season 2018/2019.

Internal promotion (i.e. 3 up/down) is no longer in place – for the 2018-19 season, the following applies:

Step 4 and Step 5

The Clubs finishing in the bottom two places in each of the seven divisions at Step 4 at the end of the Regular

Season will be relegated and placed in the most geographically appropriate division at Step 5. These Clubs will

be replaced by the fourteen Clubs finishing in first position in each of the fourteen divisions at Step 5 at the end

of the Regular Season.

With effect from the commencement of the 2019/20 season, the following will apply:

In addition, a series of Play Off Matches shall be played between the Clubs finishing in second position in each

of the Leagues at Step 5 at the end of the Regular Season. The ties shall be decided by the Association pairing

Clubs on the most suitable geographical basis. These matches shall be played on a single match basis on the

ground of the Club with the best points per match ratio in the Regular Season. The winners of each of these

seven matches shall play a final Play Off Match against one of the Clubs finishing third from bottom of each Step

4 division at the end of the Regular Season, such matches to be decided by the Association so that each Step 4

Club plays a Step 5 Club; such matches to be on a single match basis on the home ground of the Step 4 Club on

cup tie terms with no percentage being paid to any Competition. The seven winners shall play at Step 4 in the

following season.

The 2018-19 Regulations resume here.

The Clubs to be promoted from Step 5 will be allocated to the most geographically appropriate division at Step 4.

A Club promoted to Step 4 shall comply with the Licencing System provision as set out in Appendix 1 to the

Standardised Rules.

Step 5 and Step 6

The Clubs in the bottom two places in each of the fourteen divisions at Step 5 at the end of the Regular Season

will be relegated and placed in the most geographically appropriate division of Step 6. These Clubs will be

replaced by the nineteen Clubs finishing in first position in each of the Leagues at Step 6 at the end of the

Regular Season together with the required number of Clubs finishing in second position at the end of the

Regular Season on a points per match ratio. If there are insufficient Clubs to fill vacancies Clubs finishing second

to bottom of the Step 5 divisions will be reprieved so that the best such Club shall be reprieved first.

Step 6 and 7

At the end of the Regular Playing Season the Clubs in the bottom two positions of each of the nineteen Step 6

divisions will be liable to relegation.

All Step 7 Clubs seeking promotion to Step 6 must make application using the prescribed form direct to The

Association, copied to their existing League, by 31st December in the relevant year. In order to be considered

for promotion Clubs must finish in 1st position in their Step 7 league. If the Club finishing in 1st position does not

wish to be promoted or fails to meet the entry criteria then the club finishing in 2nd position will be eligible for

promotion. If the club in 2nd position does not seek promotion or fails to meet the entry criteria then clubs

down to 5th position may be considered for promotion provided that they meet the appropriate entry criteria.

Clubs finishing below 5th position will not be considered for promotion and only one club will be considered

from each League. Each application must be accompanied by the agreed application fee, as determined by

the Committee, which is non-refundable.

No more than 38 Clubs will be promoted from Step 7. If more than 38 Clubs are eligible for promotion they will

be chosen based on a points per match basis. Where the eligible Clubs count does not reach 38 in number,

reprieves of Step 6 Clubs shall come into effect on a points per match basis.