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Club allocations confirmed by the FA

Carried out by the FA Leagues Committee to iron out geographical anomalies, cut down on travelling costs and time for fans, players and officials and encourage more Step 5 clubs to climb the pyramid, the biggest shake-up to the structure of Non-League in more than a decade since 2004 has seen the creation of new Step 3 and 4 divisions covering the Midlands region.

In total, the 276 clubs currently playing in Steps 1 to 4 are increasing by 20 to 296 when the two new divisions kick-off in August. Across the board, the reshuffle had seen the three current Step 3 divisions of 24 clubs increase to four divisions of 22 clubs while the six divisions at Step 4 currently run by the Northern Premier League, Southern League and Isthmian League have risen from 136 clubs playing in six divisions to seven 20 club divisions.

To achieve the FA's aims, only the bottom clubs in the current Step 3 divisions were relegated at the end of 2017-18 season. In addition, only the clubs finishing last in the six divisions currently operating at Step 4 were relegated with 26 clubs set to come up from Step 5. As a result of the shake-up, the NPL's clubs at Step 4 voted in March to switch from a north/south geographical split to an east/west allocation for 2018-19 and beyond.

This means that Cirencester Town have been placed in the Southern League West along with the following teams (this is all subject to clubs appealing their allocation):

Team Miles to ground
AFC Totton 84
Andover Town 45
Barnstaple Town 142
Bideford 150
Blackford & Langley 92
Bristol Manor Farm 52
Didcot Town 58
Highworth Town 21
Larkhall Athletic 53
Mangotsfield United 54
Melksham Town 50
Moneyfields 99
Paulton Rovers 47
Slimbridge 35
Street 92
Thatcham Town 54
Wimborne Town 79
Winchester City 67
Yate Town 48

This entry was posted on 11 May 2018 at 07:44 and is filed under First Team | Miscellaneous. You can leave a response here.

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