|Northern Premier League|
Premier Division comprised the same set of 22 teams which competed in the aborted competition the previous season. On 1 June 2020, Mickleover Sports were renamed Mickleover F.C.
As the previous season was terminated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with all results removed, there were no changes in the allocations of teams for the Northern Premier League. The planned restructuring of the National League System, including the expansion of the Northern Premier League to include a further division at Step 4, was postponed until 2021–22.
For this season it was announced to member clubs that the League Cup would not take place during the season.
Due to the restrictions on clubs' ability to play matches in the COVID-19 lockdowns, competitions at Steps 3–6 were curtailed on 24 February 2021. The scheduled restructuring of non-league will take place at the end of the season, with a new division to be added to Northern Premier League at Step 4 for 2021–22. This will result in 20 extra teams joining the league, either through promotions or reallocations, and some movement of teams currently in the two Division Ones.
Stadia and locations
|Ashton United||Hurst Cross||4,500|
|Atherton Collieries||Alder Street||2,500|
|Basford United||Greenwich Avenue||2,200|
|FC United of Manchester||Broadhurst Park||4,400|
|Gainsborough Trinity||The Northolme||4,304|
|Grantham Town||South Kesteven Sports Stadium||7,500|
|Hyde United||Ewen Fields||4,250|
|Lancaster City||Giant Axe||3,500|
|Matlock Town||Causeway Lane||2,214|
|Mickleover Sports||Station Road||2,000|
|Morpeth Town||Craik Park||1,500|
|Nantwich Town||The Weaver Stadium||3,500|
|Scarborough Athletic||Flamingo Land Stadium||2,070|
|South Shields||Mariners Park||3,500|
|Stafford Rangers||Marston Road||4,000|
|Stalybridge Celtic||Bower Fold||6,500|
|Warrington Town||Cantilever Park||3,500|
|Whitby Town||Turnbull Ground||3,500|
|Witton Albion||Wincham Park||4,813|
||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Ashton United||0||0||0||Promotion to the National League North|
|2||Atherton Collieries||0||0||0||Qualification for the Premier Division play-offs|
|20||Whitby Town||0||0||0||Possible relegation to Northern Premier League West/East|
|21||Witton Albion||0||0||0||Relegation to the Northern Premier League West/East|
|22||F.C. United of Manchester||0||0||0|
Source: NPL 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
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