Whilst we are still expecting plenty of twists and turns over closing stages of the season, we have put together a guide to explain the ‘new look’ Vanarama National League promotion format.

This year, the play-off positions have been extended to the top seven – with the champions going up to League Two automatically.

The remaining six will fight it out for one final slot with two ‘eliminator matches’ taking place before the semi-finals. Although subject to change because of television, here are the play-off dates for your diary…


Wednesday 2nd May 2018 
Elimination Round – Match A – 5th place vs 6th place 

Thursday 3rd May 2018
Elimination Round – Match B – 4th place vs 7th Place

Saturday 5th May 2018
Semi Final – 2nd place vs winner of Match A

Sunday 6th May 2018
Semi Final – 3rd place vs winner of Match B

Saturday 12th May 2018
Promotion Final – Wembley Stadium