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The 2020–21 National League season, known as the Vanarama National League for sponsorship reasons, is the 6th season under English football's new title of National League, fourteenth season consisting of three divisions and the thirty-ninth season overall.
On 16 September 2020, Macclesfield Town folded as a result of debts, and were expelled from the National League on 29 September 2020. As the club folded before the season started, no records were expunged.
Due to Macclesfield's closure, only 23 clubs took part in the 2020–21 season and a maximum of three clubs were to be relegated instead of the usual four. However, on 26 March 2021, having not fulfilled a fixture since 30 January, Dover Athletic's results were expunged and the club deducted 12 points for the 2021–22 season. Therefore the season is set to complete with 22 clubs playing fixtures.
Additionally, following the National League North and South divisions being declared null and void on 18 February, no teams will be relegated this season.
Promotion and Relegation
The following teams changed divisions after the 2019–20 season:
To National League
Promoted from National League North
Promoted from National League South
Relegated from League Two
From National League
Promoted to League Two
Relegated to National League North
Relegated to National League South
Stadia and locations
Personnel and sponsoring
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Barnet||Darren Currie||Resigned||12 August 2020||Pre-season||Peter Beadle||22 August 2020|
|Weymouth||Mark Molesley||Signed by Southend United||13 August 2020||Brian Stock||4 September 2020|
|Chesterfield||John Pemberton||Sacked||18 November 2020||21st||James Rowe||26 November 2020|
|Barnet||Peter Beadle||13 December 2020||20th||Tim Flowers||14 December 2020|
|Stockport County||Jim Gannon||21 January 2021||4th||Simon Rusk||27 January 2021|
|Wealdstone||Dean Brennan||Resigned||2 February 2021||18th||Stuart Maynard||11 March 2021|
|Solihull Moors||James Shan||Sacked||10 March 2021||17th||Mark Yates||11 March 2021|
|Barnet||Tim Flowers||22nd||Simon Bassey||7 April 2021|
|Notts County||Neal Ardley||24 March 2021||6th||Ian Burchnall||25 March 2021|
|Bromley||Neil Smith||25 March 2021||7th||Andy Woodman||29 March 2021|
||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Sutton United (C) (P)||42||25||9||8||72||36||+36||84||Promotion to |
|2||Torquay United (Q)||42||23||11||8||68||39||+29||80||Qualification to the |
Qualified for the National League play-off semi-finals
|3||Stockport County (Q)||42||21||14||7||69||32||+37||77|
|4||Hartlepool United (Q)||42||22||10||10||66||43||+23||76||Qualified for the National League play-off qualifying round|
|5||Notts County (Q)||42||20||10||12||62||41||+21||70|
|12||Dagenham & Redbridge||42||17||9||16||53||48||+5||60|
|21||King's Lynn Town||42||7||10||25||50||98||−48||31|
|23||Dover Athletic||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Results expunged|
|24||Macclesfield Town||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Club folded|
Source: National League official site
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament
a. Dover Athletic refused to play matches due to a lack of promised funding starting with their fixture on January 30. On 26 March 2021, it was announced the club would play no part in the rest of the season and all results would be expunged.
b. Macclesfield deducted 17 points for entering into an insolvency event the previous season, before being expelled from the league on 29 September 2020. At the time of their expulsion before the 2020-21 National League Season, they had played no matches.
- Main article: 2021 National League play-offs
|5||Notts County||3||5||Notts County||2|
|4||Hartlepool United||3||4||Hartlepool United|
|5 June 2021||Notts County||3–2||Chesterfield||Nottingham|
|16:00||Wootton 30', 71'
|Stadium: Meadow Lane|
Referee: Tom Reeves
|6 June 2021||Hartlepool United||3–2||Bromley||Hartlepool|
|16:00||Oates 17', 24'
|Stadium: Victoria Park|
Referee: Lewis Smith
|12 June 2021||Torquay United||4–2||Notts County||Torquay|
|12:00||Wright 1', 48'
Moxey 109' (pen.)
Referee: Andrew Kitchen
|13 June 2021||Stockport County||v||Hartlepool United||Edgeley|
|12:00||Stadium: Edgeley Park|
- Main article: 2021 National League play-off Final
|20 June 2021
|Torquay United||v||Ashton Gate Stadium|
|National League play-offs|
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