National League (division)

The National League, known as the Vanarama National League for sponsorship reasons, is the highest level of the National League System and fifth-highest of the overall English football league system. While all of the clubs in the top four divisions of English football are professional, the National League has a mixture of professional and semi-professional clubs. The National League is the lowest division in the English football pyramid organised on a nationwide basis, and the lowest where professional clubs are represented. Formerly the Conference National, the league was renamed the National League from the 2015–16 season.[1]

National League
Founded1979 (as Alliance Premier League)
CountryEngland (22 teams)
Other club(s) fromWales (1 team)
Number of teams23
Level on pyramid5
Step 1 (National League System)
Promotion toEFL League Two
Relegation toNational League North
National League South
Domestic cup(s)FA Cup
FA Trophy
League cup(s)Conference League Cup
(1979–2001, 2004–05, 2007–09)
International cup(s)Scottish Challenge Cup (invitational)
Europa League (via FA Cup)
Current championsSutton United
(2020–21)
Most championshipsBarnet and Macclesfield Town (3 titles)
TV partnersBT Sport (live)
FreeSports (highlights)
WebsiteNational League
Current: 2021–22 National League

The longest tenured team currently competing in the National League is Wrexham A.F.C., having been in the National League since the 2008–09 season.


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