National League risk EFL wrath with points-per-game proposal

EXCLUSIVE: National League risk wrath of EFL owners if their points-per-game proposals to finish the season is passed with clubs threatening to make moves to block a second promotion to League Two

  • Monday’s non-league vote over only relegating Chorley has raised eyebrows
  • The plan also includes halving promotion spots from four to two in the divisions
  • But an inconsistency in promotion and relegation has dismayed some EFL clubs  

The National League are risking a potentially explosive collision course with EFL owners if their favoured points-per-game proposals to finish this season are passed.

Monday’s non-league vote over only relegating Chorley from the fifth tier and halving promotion spots from four to two in the sixth tier’s regional divisions has raised eyebrows.

The plan also includes National League play-offs continuing as normal, with the eventual winners joining champions Barrow in the EFL next season.

The National League risk the wrath of EFL owners if proposals to finish the season are passed

But an inconsistency in promotion and relegation across those leagues has dismayed a number of EFL clubs, who are threatening to make moves to block a second promotion to League Two.

In a row that could escalate and inflict ever-lasting damage, dissenting EFL voices are suggesting that promotion to League Two should be kept at one indefinitely if Monday’s motion is carried.

Owners argue that sporting integrity was retained by the EFL when they vetoed the idea of halting relegation from League Two and are aggrieved the National League are not appearing to follow suit.

York City, currently first in National League North, stand to lose the most in non-league if the preferred vote hits a 17-club majority. 

An inconsistency in promotion and relegation across those leagues has dismayed EFL clubs

The points-per-game method would see Kings Lynn leapfrog them to become champions. Playoffs in the sixth tier are set to be abandoned for financial reasons.

York had tabled an alternative season resolution centred on the top two teams in the regional leagues winning promotion, saying in a statement that will maintain sporting integrity.

That plan would have in turn relegated AFC Fylde, Maidenhead United and Ebbsfleet United from the fifth tier. 

Wealdstone and Havant & Waterlooville would have earned promotion from the southern section. The amendment had support among some EFL clubs.

Dissenting EFL voices are suggesting that promotion to League Two should be kept at one




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