Engels voetbalsysteem

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Het Engels voetbalsysteem ook wel bekend als voetbalpiramide is een serie van competities die met elkaar te maken hebben. Het systeem heeft een hiërarchisch profiel waarin clubs promoveren en degraderen van de ene naar de andere competitie (League). Er bestaan meer dan 140 leagues en 480 divisies daarin. Het exact aantal clubs varieert elk jaar omdat er nieuwe clubs bij komen en oude clubs verdwijnen. Gemiddeld zijn er toch minimaal 15 clubs per klasse wat op zo'n 7000 voetbalclubs uitkomt in het voetbalsysteem.

Het systeem[bewerken | brontekst bewerken]

Onderstaande tabel toont de structuur van het systeem. Voor elke competitie de officiële naam en het aantal clubs dat erin speelt. Van niveau 2 tot en met 8 promoveert de kampioen automatisch naar de competitie die er net boven is. Onder dit niveau zijn er verschillende promotiemogelijkheden.

De Engelse voetbalbond wil vanaf het seizoen 2022/23 dat zowel de National League, de National League North als de National League South alledrie 24 teams hebben. Vandaar dat de promotie/degradatieregeling voor het huidige seizoen anders is dan normaal.

Level

League(s)/division(s)

1

Premier League
20 clubs – 3 clubs degraderen

2

EFL Championship
24 clubs – 3 clubs promoveren, 3 clubs degraderen

3

EFL League One
24 clubs – 3 clubs promoveren, 4 clubs degraderen

4

EFL League Two
24 clubs – 4 clubs promoveren, 2 clubs degraderen

5 (Step 1)

National League
23 clubs – 2 clubs promoveren, 3 clubs degraderen

6 (Step 2)

National League North
22 clubs – 2 clubs promoveren, 1 club degradeert

National League South
21 clubs – 2 clubs promoveren, 1 clubs degradeert

7 (Step 3)

Northern Premier League Premier Division
22 clubs – 2 clubs promoveren, 4 clubs degraderen

Southern League Central Division
21 clubs – 2 clubs promoveren, 3 clubs degraderen

Southern League South Division
22 clubs – 2 clubs promoveren, 4 clubs degraderen

Isthmian League Premier Division
22 clubs – 2 clubs promoveren, 4 clubs degraderen

8 (Step 4)

Northern Premier League Division One East
19 clubs – 2p, 1–3r

Northern Premier League Division One Midlands
20 clubs – 2p, 2–4r

Northern Premier League Division One West
20 clubs – 2p, 2–4r

Southern League Division One Central
20 clubs – 2p, 2–4r

Southern League Division One South
19 clubs – 2p, 1–3r

Isthmian League Division One South Central
19 clubs – 2p, 1–3r

Isthmian League Division One North
20 clubs – 2p, 2–4r

Isthmian League Division One South East
20 clubs – 2p, 2–4r

9 (Step 5)

Combined Counties League Premier Division North – 18 clubs — 1–2p, 2r
Combined Counties League Premier Division South – 20 clubs — 1–2p, 2r
Eastern Counties League Premier Division – 20 clubs — 1–2p, 2r
Essex Senior League21 clubs — 1–2p, 2r
Hellenic League Premier Division – 20 clubs — 1–2p, 2r
Midland League Premier Division – 19 clubs — 1–2p, 2r
North West Counties League Premier Division – 21 clubs — 1–2p, 2r
Northern Counties East League Premier Division – 20 clubs — 1–2p, 2r

Northern League Division One – 20 clubs — 1–2p, 2r
Southern Combination League Premier Division – 20 clubs — 1–2p, 2r
Southern Counties East League Premier Division – 20 clubs — 1–2p, 2r
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division – 20 clubs — 1–2p, 2r
United Counties League Premier Division North – 18 clubs — 1–2p, 2r
United Counties League Premier Division South – 21 clubs – 1-2p, 2r
Wessex League Premier Division – 21 clubs – 1–2p, 2r
Western League Premier Division – 19 clubs — 1–2p, 2r

10 (Step 6)

Combined Counties League Division One – 21 clubs – 2p, 0–3r
Eastern Counties League Division One North – 16 clubs – 2p, 0–3r
Eastern Counties League Division One South – 20 clubs – 2p, 0–3r
Hellenic League Division One – 20 clubs – 2p, 0–3r
Midland League Division One – 19 clubs – 2p, 0–3r
North West Counties League Division One North – 19 clubs – 2p, 0–3r
North West Counties League Division One South – 20 clubs – 2p, 0–3r
Northern Counties East League Division One – 21 clubs – 2p, 0–3r

Northern League Division Two – 20 clubs – 2p, 0–3r
South West Peninsula League Premier Division East – 20 clubs – 1p, 0–3r
South West Peninsula League Premier Division West – 20 clubs – 1p, 0–3r
Southern Combination League Division One – 18 clubs – 2p, 0–3r
Southern Counties East League Division One – 20 clubs – 2p, 0–3r
Spartan South Midlands League Division One – 20 clubs – 2p, 0–3r
United Counties League Division One – 23 clubs – 2p, 0–3r
Wessex League Division One – 20 clubs – 2p, 0–3r
Western League Division One – 21 clubs – 2p, 0–3r

11 (Regional Feeder League)

Anglian Combination Premier Division – 16 clubs
Bedfordshire County League Premier Division – 16 clubs
Cambridgeshire County League Premier Division – 16 clubs
Central Midlands League Premier Division North – 18 clubs
Central Midlands League Premier Division South – 17 clubs
Cheshire League Premier Division – 18 clubs
Devon Football League North & East Division – 13 clubs
Devon Football League South & West Division – 15 clubs
Dorset Premier League18 clubs
Essex Alliance League14 clubs
Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Division – 18 clubs
Essex Olympian League Premier Division – 15 clubs
Gloucestershire County League16 clubs
Hampshire Premier League Senior Division – 16 clubs
Herefordshire FA County League Premier Division – 15 clubs
Hertfordshire Senior County League Premier Division – 16 clubs
Humber Premier League Premier Division – 15 clubs
Kent County League Premier Division – 16 clubs
Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division – 18 clubs
Lincolnshire League18 clubs
Liverpool Premier League Premier Division – 15 clubs
Manchester League Premier Division – 15 clubs
Mid-Sussex League Premier Division – 14 clubs
Middlesex County League Premier Division – 15 clubs
Midland League Division Two – 15 clubs

Northamptonshire Combination League Premier Division – 14 clubs
Northern Alliance Premier Division – 16 clubs
North Riding League Premier Division – 14 clubs
Nottinghamshire Senior League Senior Division – 18 clubs
Oxfordshire Senior League Premier Division – 16 clubs
Peterborough & District League Premier Division – 16 clubs
Salop Leisure League Premier Division – 14 clubs
Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League Premier Division – 14 clubs
Somerset County League Premier Division – 16 clubs
Southern Combination League Division Two – 14 clubs
Spartan South Midlands League Division Two – 16 clubs
St Piran League East Division – 16 clubs
St Piran League West Division – 16 clubs
Staffordshire County Senior League Premier Division – 16 clubs
Suffolk & Ipswich League Senior Division – 16 clubs
Surrey Elite Intermediate League16 clubs
Thames Valley Premier League Premier Division – 15 clubs
Wearside League Division One – 18 clubs
West Cheshire League Division One – 16 clubs
West Lancashire League Premier Division – 16 clubs
West Midlands (Regional) League Division One – 16 clubs
West Yorkshire League Premier Division – 16 clubs
Wiltshire Senior League17 clubs
York League Premier Division – 14 clubs
Yorkshire Amateur League Supreme Division – 16 clubs