Last updated : Monday, 27 November 2023
Vanarama National League
The Vanarama National League is the fifth tier of the English football league system. It is also known as the National League, and is the only division in the system which is organised on a national rather than regional basis.
The league was founded in 2004 as the Football Conference, and was renamed the National League in 2016. It is currently sponsored by Vanarama, a car leasing company.
The Vanarama National League consists of 24 clubs, divided into two divisions: the National League North and the National League South. Each division plays a 46-game season, with the top two clubs in each division promoted to the English Football League Two. The bottom four clubs in each division are relegated to the National League North and South respectively.
The Vanarama National League also has a play-off system, with the winners of each division's play-offs entering a two-legged final to determine the overall champions.
The current season of the Vanarama National League is the 2022-23 season. The current champions are Stockport County, who won the play-offs after finishing third in the National League North.
The current bottom clubs in the National League North are Boston United and Gateshead, while the current bottom clubs in the National League South are Wealdstone and Dover Athletic.