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National League North
National League North
Country  England
Founded 2015
Number of teams 22
Promotion to National League
Relegation to Northern Premier League Premier Division
Southern Football League Premier Division
Levels on pyramid 6
Step 2 (National League System)
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
FA Trophy
FA Challenger Shield
International cup(s) Europa League
(via FA Cup)
Current champions Gateshead (2021–22)
Website Official website
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The National League North, formerly Conference North (currently named the Vanarama National League North for sponsorship reasons), is a division of the National League in England, taking its place immediately below the top division National League. Along with the National League South, it is at Step 2 of the National League System and the sixth overall tier of the English football league system. It consists of teams located in Northern England, Norfolk, the English Midlands and North Wales. From the start of the 2015–16 season, the league has been known as the National League North. As part of a sponsorship deal with Vanarama, the National League North is now known as the Vanarama National League North.


The Conference North was introduced in 2004 as part of a major restructuring of English non-League football. The champions are automatically promoted to the National League. A second promotion place goes to the winners of play-offs involving the teams finishing in second to fifth place. The three bottom clubs are relegated to Step 3 leagues. Teams from this division, as well as from the National League South, enter the FA Cup at the Second Qualifying Round.

For sponsorship reasons, the division was known as the Nationwide North from its formation in 2004 until 2007, when it was renamed the Blue Square North. In 2010 it was renamed the Blue Square Bet North. When Blue Square sponsorship ended in 2013, it was renamed the Skrill North until the 2014–15 season, when it was renamed the Vanarama North. A further name change followed in 2015, when the division was renamed the Vanarama National League North.

Member clubs for 2018–19

The member clubs for the 2018–19 season are as follows:

Club Finishing position 2017–18
A.F.C. Telford United 14th
Alfreton Town 17th
Altrincham 1st in Northern Premier League Premier Division
(promoted as champions)
Ashton United 2nd in Northern Premier League Premier Division
(promoted via play-offs)
Blyth Spartans 10th
Boston United 9th
Brackley Town 3rd
Bradford (Park Avenue) 7th
Chester 23rd in National League
Chorley 6th
Curzon Ashton 18th
Darlington 12th
F.C. United of Manchester 16th
Guiseley 24th in National League
Hereford 1st in Southern Football League Premier Division
(promoted as champions)
Kidderminster Harriers 4th
Leamington 19th
Nuneaton Borough 13th
Southport 15th
Spennymoor Town 8th
Stockport County 5th
York City 11th

External links

National League North 2022-23

AFC Fylde · AFC Telford United · Alfreton Town · Banbury United · Blyth Spartans · Boston United · Brackley Town · Bradford (Park Avenue) · Buxton · Chester · Chorley · Curzon Ashton · Darlington · Farsley Celtic · Gloucester City · Hereford · Kettering Town · Kidderminster Harriers · King's Lynn Town · Leamington · Peterborough Sports · Scarborough Athletic · Southport · Spennymoor Town

National League North seasons

2012-13 · 2013-14 · 2014-15 · 2015-16 · 2016-17 · 2017-18 · 2018-19 · 2019-20 · 2020-21 · 2021-22 · 2022-23 ·

National League South stadiums 2021-22

Arbour Park · Beveree Stadium · Bulpit Lane · Champion Hill · Clarence Park · Court Place Farm · Cressing Road · Gallagher Stadium · Hardenhuish Park · Longmead Stadium · Meadowbank Stadium · Melbourne Stadium · New Lodge · Park View Road · Princes Park · Priory Lane · Stonebridge Road · Thames Road · Twerton Park · Vauxhall Road · West Leigh Park

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