With the creation of the Central Division at Steps 3 and 4 for 2018/19, at the end of the 2017/18 season the following applies:
Step 2 to/from Step 3
Relegation - as normal; three down from National League (North) and National League (South).
Promotion – as normal; champion club plus play-off winner from each of three divisions.
Step 3 to/from Step 4
Relegation - bottom club only is relegated.
Promotion - 19 clubs promoted; champion and 2nd placed club from in each division, plus 1 highest ranked (Points per game [PPG]) 3rd placed club across the step, plus play-off winners between 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th placed clubs in each division (4th-7th in division with best 3rd placed PPG team).
Step 4 to/from Step 5
Relegation – bottom club only is relegated.
Promotion – 26 clubs promoted; champion club from each Step 5 league eligible to enter Step 4 (x 14), plus 12 highest ranked (PPG) 2nd placed clubs across the step.
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