National League South

National League South
Vanarama National League South.png
Founded2004
Country England
Number of teams22
Level on pyramid6
Step 2 (National League System)
Promotion toNational League
Relegation toIsthmian League Premier Division
Southern League Premier Division
Domestic cup(s)FA Cup
FA Trophy
Conference League Cup (defunct)
International cup(s)Europa League
(via FA Cup)
Current championsHavant & Waterlooville
(2017–18)
WebsiteNational League
2018–19 season

The National League South, formerly Conference South (billed as The Vanarama National League South for sponsorship reasons[1]), is one of the second divisions of the National League in England, immediately below the top division National League. Along with National League North, it is at the second level of the National League System, and at the sixth tier overall of the English football league system.

It was introduced in 2004 as part of a major restructuring of the National League System. The champion team each year is automatically promoted to the National League. A second promotion place goes to the winners of play-offs involving the teams finishing in second to seventh place (expanded from four to six teams in the 2017–18 season).[2] The three bottom clubs are relegated to Step 3 leagues.

For sponsorship reasons, it has been known as Blue Square South (2007–2010), Blue Square Bet South (2010–2013), Skrill South (2013–2014)[3] and the Vanarama Conference South following a three-year sponsorship deal announced in July 2014. Since the start of the 2015–16 season, the league is known as the National League South.[4] The 2017/18 champions are Havant and Waterlooville F.C..

Current member clubs, 2018–19

The current member clubs for the 2018–19 season are as follows:

The area covered by National League South is coloured in yellow. National League South teams also come from counties bordering National League North (purple).
Club Finishing position 2017–18
Bath City 9th
Billericay Town 1st in Isthmian League Premier Division
Chelmsford City 3rd
Chippenham Town 13th
Concord Rangers 17th
Dartford 2nd
Dulwich Hamlet 2nd in Isthmian League Premier Division (won play-offs)
Eastbourne Borough 18th
East Thurrock United 15th
Gloucester City 14th
Hampton & Richmond Borough 4th
Hemel Hempstead Town 5th
Hungerford Town 19th
Oxford City 16th
Slough Town 3rd in Southern League Premier Division (won play-offs)
St Albans City 8th
Torquay United 22nd in National League (relegated)
Truro City 7th
Wealdstone 11th
Welling United 10th
Weston-super-Mare 12th
Woking 21st in National League (relegated)
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