National League South

National League South
Vanarama National League South.png
Founded 2004
Country England
Number of teams 22
Level on pyramid 6
Step 2 ( National League System)
Promotion to National League
Relegation to Isthmian 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 champions Maidenhead United
( 2016–17)
Website National League
2017–18 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, taking its place 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 new three-year sponsorship deal announced in July 2014. From the start of the 2015–16 season, the league is known as the National League South. [4] The current champions are Maidenhead United.

Current member clubs, 2017–18

The current member club for the 2017–18 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 2016–17
Bath City 9th
Bognor Regis Town 2nd in Isthmian League Premier Division (won play-offs)
Braintree Town 22nd in National League (relegated)
Chelmsford City 4th
Chippenham Town 1st in Southern League Premier Division
Concord Rangers 18th
Dartford 3rd
Eastbourne Borough 11th
East Thurrock United 13th
Gloucester City 10th in National League North (transferred)
Hampton & Richmond Borough 7th
Havant & Waterlooville 1st in Isthmian League Premier Division
Hemel Hempstead Town 12th
Hungerford Town 6th
Oxford City 14th
Poole Town 5th
St Albans City 10th
Truro City 19th
Wealdstone 8th
Welling United 16th
Weston-super-Mare 15th
Whitehawk 17th
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