Promotion to Step 6 Guidance


The Football Association have released the relevant documentation and forms for Clubs to complete who wish to be considered for promotion to Step 6 of the National League System from Regional NLS Feeder Leagues for the 2022-23 Season.

Applications are now welcomed and the closing date is strictly December 31st 2021. All applications must be sent to the email address highlighted in the application pack and the promotion application fee (£120)  must be paid directly to The Football Association by BACS and instructions on how to do this are in the pack.

Clubs should be reminded to copy their current League when sending their application.

Clubs who have the appropriate facilities and potential to be in a sporting position will be eligible.  To be considered for promotion a club must finish in 1st position in their Feeder League competition at the conclusion of the current season. If a club finishing in 1st position does not wish to be considered for promotion, or fails the entry criteria, then a club finishing in 2nd position may be considered. If the club in 2nd does not seek promotion, or fails to meet the entry criteria, then clubs down to 5th position may be considered for promotion provided that they meet the appropriate entry criteria. Clubs finishing below 5th position MAY NOT be considered for promotion and, ordinarily, only ONE club will be promoted from each Feeder League competition.

In order to be considered for promotion a club MUST comply fully with the requirements of Grading Category H as at 31st March 2022.  Clubs may be considered for promotion without having floodlights in place however, those clubs without floodlights must comply with the following requirements as at 31 March 2022:

  • Planning permission for the provision of floodlights MUST have been approved by the Local Authority
  • Evidence provided that funding applications have been submitted
  • Evidence provided that the balance of any funding required is in place
  • Evidence provided that quotations have been obtained from appropriate contractors (three quotes)
  • Provide a copy of an appropriate development/installation plan

All are reminded that applications are processed by the FA National Leagues Committee NOT The Southern Counties East Football League and that applications are made to a promotion Step, not to a specific League.