National League South

"Conference South" redirects here. It is not to be confused with Big South Conference, Conference League South, or Southern Conference.
Not to be confused with the National League's divisions.
National League South
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Country England
Founded 2004
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)
Current champions Sutton United
( 2015–16)
Website National League
2016–17 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 of the teams finishing in second place to fifth place. 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) [2] 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. [3] The current champions are Sutton United, who finished 6 points ahead of second place, and eventual losing playoff finalists, Ebbsfleet.

Current member clubs, 2016–17

The current member club for the 2016–17 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 2015–16
Bath City 14th
Bishop's Stortford 11th
Chelmsford City 15th
Concord Rangers 10th
Dartford 8th
Eastbourne Borough 17th
East Thurrock United 3rd in Isthmian League Premier Division (won play-offs)
Ebbsfleet United 2nd
Gosport Borough 9th
Hemel Hempstead Town 6th
Hungerford Town 4th in Southern League Premier Division (won play-offs)
Maidenhead United 7th
Margate 19th
Oxford City 12th
Poole Town 1st in Southern League Premier Division
St Albans City 18th
Truro City 4th
Wealdstone 12th
Welling United 24th in National League (relegated)
Weston-super-Mare 16th
Whitehawk 5th