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English Football League System

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The English Football League System (English: The English football league system), also known as the "Football Pyramid" (football pyramid), is a series of related league groups participated by football clubs from England, 5 Wales and 1 Guernsey. The hierarchical system provides promotion or relegation mechanisms at different levels of the league, allowing each team to have the opportunity to climb to the top of the pyramid. There are more than 140 different leagues in the system, including more than 480 groups [1]. Due to the club joining or withdrawing, or even closing down, the number of participating teams in each league varies from year to year, but it is estimated that there are about 15 teams per level on average. The entire system has about 5,300 clubs and more than 7,000 teams participating.


About System


the structure of the league system is like a pyramid, connected with each other by the promotion and demotion system. Teams with some good results in each league can be promoted to a higher level, while teams downstream may be reduced by one level. In addition to outstanding performance in the stadium, upgrades often depend on the rules set by the superior league, especially the appropriate hardware facilities and financial status.


A local amateur team at the bottom can theoretically reach the top of the league system and become the champion of the Premier League, but the actual operation opportunities are slim. Of course, there are also teams that can climb significantly in the pyramid.


the top five leagues have only a single group of leagues. Below this, each level is gradually composed of more parallel leagues, and each league gradually covers smaller areas. And many leagues also have more than one group distributed at different levels. There are also leagues in different regions of the country that have not been officially included in the league system, because these leagues have not reached an agreement with other leagues, but they are still recognized by the local football association. Clubs from outside the league system, when they think they have reached a certain level and have suitable facilities, can apply to join the league within the league system and become a member of the pyramid.


the 7 levels below the Premier League and the English Football League are called the "National League System", which is directly under the jurisdiction of the English Football Association [2] and has undergone continuous evolution over the years. In the most recent major reorganization, the two new leagues have been placed in the sixth level, called Yibei United and Yinan United, pushing the top groups of the Southern League, the Ismi'an League and the Northern Super League down One level to the seventh level. In May 2014, the Football Association announced that it plans to add a new level between the English Football League and the National League, which can be used for the second team of high-level clubs.


the league system does not include amateur leagues commonly known as "Sunday league" (Sunday league). These leagues operate independently and usually do not have a pyramid-like lifting system, but some clubs intend to promote more advanced leagues and join the league system. League.


System architecture


at the top of the football league pyramid (level 1) is the Premier League with a single group containing 20 teams.


below it is the football league, which is divided into three levels, the British Champions League (level 2), the First Division (level 3) and the Second Division (level 4), with 24 teams in each level. Although the Premier League left the football league in 1992, its 20 teams are still collectively called "League" clubs together with 72 league teams, both of which are all professional teams. Although teams outside the four groups compete in different levels of leagues, they are still commonly known as "non-league" teams.


the highest level of "non-league" football matches is the national league, including a national league with 22 teams (level 5), followed by a letter covering 22 teams in each group in the north and south of England (and part of Wales) Two leagues (level 6). Some teams are all-professional, while the rest are semi-professional teams. Some major clubs below the national league level are semi-professional, and the lower the level, the team gradually becomes an amateur team.


below the parliamentary league are the levels of the three regional leagues, divided by region (although some will overlap): the northern Super League covers the northern region, the southern league covers the southern region (except the southeast), the central region and part of Wales, And the Ismian League covers the southeast region. Each league is divided into the Super League (level 7) and the First Division (level 8), while the First Division of the Southern Super League is divided into two parallel games in the east and the west.


only the Ismian League has the second division, and the top division of other regional leagues ranks in the 9th level: including the North West Counties Football League; the Northern League; the Western Football League (Western Football League); Wessex League (Wessex League); Sussex County League (Sussex County Football League); Greek Football League (Hellenic Football League); central Football League (Midland Football Alliance); United County Football League (United Counties Football League); Eastern County Football League (Eastern Counties Football League); Kent League (Kent League); Spartan Central South Football League (Spartan South Midlands Football League); Mixed County Football League (Combined Counties Football League); Essex Senior Football League).


each regional league is divided into more detailed regional leagues of different levels. In some regional leagues, it can be divided into up to 20 levels. From the 5th to the 11th level, it is commonly known as the National League System and is under the jurisdiction of the English Football Association.


each league has its own rules, but it is roughly adopted together. In the same season, the teams overlap each other twice. The winner gets 3 points, the loser has no points, and the sum each gets 1 point. The team gets the points. The score is arranged and the score is divided. The calculation method below the same score is used in various villages. In theory, each team can be promoted or lowered to any level based on its performance, but there will be more restrictions in high-level leagues, such as stadium facilities (floodlights, audience capacity, etc.). If it fails to meet its requirements, the team Although the qualification for promotion will still be prohibited from promotion, this often happens at the level between amateur and professional.


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