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The FA announce 2022/23 club allocations for Steps 3 to 6

The FA have chosen to finally announce the 2022/23 provisional club allocations for Steps 3 to 6, with plenty of changes made.

The allocations follow the completion of the recent Inter-Step and league play-offs at Steps 3 to 6 of the NLS.

With the season at Steps 1 & 2 yet to complete, those allocations will be confirmed in due course.

The FA would like to thank all of the clubs across the National League System for their hard work during the first full season since the COVID-19 pandemic and wish everyone the best of luck for next season.

Northern Premier League

In the Premier Division, Guiseley drop down from National League North into the NPL, while five clubs take their places following promotion from the NPL’s Step 4 divisions – Belper Town, Liversedge, Marine, Marske United and Warrington Rylands.

Unfortunately, we lose Basford United and Mickleover from the NPL – as they have been moved laterally to the Southern League Central.

Also bidding farewell to the NPL and joining them in Southern League Central are Ilkeston Town, who won the NPL Midlands Division this season.

At Step 4, Carlton Town are moved from NPL Midlands to NPL East – and they are joined in that division by Consett, Grimsby Borough, Long Eaton United and North Shields, who all earned promotion from Step 5.

Grantham Town have been placed in NPL East Division following their relegation from the Premier Division, with Witton Albion placed in NPL West Division.

Hanley Town, Macclesfield and Skelmersdale United have all been promoted to the NPL West Division from Step 5.

Joining the NPL in Midlands Division as a result of lateral movement are Dereham Town and St Neots Town, with Boldmere St Michael’s, Gresley Rovers, Harborough Town and Hinckley LR also welcomed following their respective promotions from Step 5.

This information has been distributed to clubs today by the FA, with any appeals scheduled for w/c June 6 and June 13.

NPL Premier Division (22 clubs, Step 3): Ashton United, Atherton Collieries, Bamber Bridge, Belper Town, FC United, Gainsborough Trinity, Guiseley, Hyde United, Lancaster City, Liversedge, Marine, Marske United, Matlock Town, Morpeth Town, Nantwich Town, Radcliffe, South Shields, Stafford Rangers, Stalybridge Celtic, Warrington Rylands, Warrington Town, Whitby Town.

NPL East Division (20 clubs, Step 4): Bridlington Town, Brighouse Town, Carlton Town, Cleethorpes Town, Consett, Dunston, Grantham Town, Grimsby Borough, Hebburn Town, Lincoln United, Long Eaton United, North Shields, Ossett United, Pontefract Collieries, Sheffield, Shildon, Stocksbridge Park Steels, Stockton Town, Tadcaster Albion, Worksop Town.

NPL Midlands Division (20 clubs, Step 4): Bedworth United, Boldmere St Michael’s, Cambridge City, Chasetown, Coleshill Town, Corby Town, Daventry Town, Dereham Town, Gresley Rovers, Halesowen Town, Harborough Town, Hinckley LR, Loughborough Dynamo, Shepshed Dynamo, Spalding United, Sporting Khalsa, St Neots Town, Stamford, Sutton Coldfield Town, Yaxley.

NPL West Division (20 clubs, Step 4): 1874 Northwich, Bootle, City of Liverpool, Clitheroe, Colne, Glossop North End, Hanley Town, Kidsgrove Athletic, Leek Town, Macclesfield, Mossley, Newcastle Town, Prescot Cables, Ramsbottom United, Runcorn Linnets, Skelmersdale United, Trafford, Widnes, Witton Albion, Workington.


For the Pitching In Isthmian Premier we welcome back Billericay Town, and of course promoted sides Aveley, Canvey Island, Hastings United and Herne Bay. Apart from that, there are no surprises!

Pitching In Isthmian Premier Division, 2022-23

  1. Aveley
  2. Billericay Town
  3. Bishop’s Stortford
  4. Bognor Regis Town
  5. Bowers & Pitsea
  6. Brightlingsea Regent
  7. Carshalton Athletic
  8. Canvey Island
  9. Corinthian-Casuals
  10. Cray Wanderers
  11. Enfield Town
  12. Folkestone Invicta
  13. Haringey Borough
  14. Hastings United
  15. Herne Bay
  16. Hornchurch
  17. Horsham
  18. Kingstonian
  19. Lewes
  20. Margate
  21. Potters Bar Town
  22. Wingate & Finchley

Into the Pitching In Isthmian North, and we welcome promoted sides Gorleston, New Salamis and Wroxham, as well as relegated sides East Thurrock United and Lowestoft Town. We’ve lost Dereham Town, who move to Northern Premier League Midlands.

Pitching In Isthmian North Division

  1. AFC Sudbury
  2. Basildon United
  3. Brentwood Town
  4. Bury Town
  5. Coggeshall Town
  6. East Thurrock United
  7. Felixstowe & Walton United
  8. Gorleston
  9. Grays Athletic
  10. Great Wakering Rovers
  11. Hashtag United
  12. Heybridge Swifts
  13. Hullbridge Sports
  14. Lowestoft Town
  15. Maldon & Tiptree
  16. New Salamis
  17. Stowmarket Town
  18. Tilbury
  19. Witham Town
  20. Wroxham

Into the Pitching In Isthmian South Central, and we see both Bracknell Town and Hanwell Town promoted to Pitching In Southern Premier South. Goodbye to Robins and Geordies, and the best of luck. We gain three promoted sides, Hanworth Villa, Southall and Walton & Hersham, whilst also see the addition of relegated Leatherhead and Merstham.

Pitching In Isthmian South Central

  1. Ashford Town
  2. Basingstoke Town
  3. Bedfont Sports
  4. Binfield
  5. Chertsey Town
  6. Chipstead
  7. Guernsey
  8. Hanworth Villa
  9. Leatherhead
  10. Marlow
  11. Merstham
  12. Northwood
  13. South Park
  14. Southall
  15. Sutton Common Rovers
  16. Thatcham Town
  17. Tooting & Mitcham United
  18. Uxbridge
  19. Walton & Hersham
  20. Westfield

Finally, we have a number of new arrivals into the Pitching In Isthmian South East, including four promoted sides. We welcome Beckenham Town, Chatham Town, Littlehampton Town and Sheppey United.

Pitching In Isthmian South East

  1. Ashford United
  2. Beckenham Town
  3. Burgess Hill Town
  4. Chatham Town
  5. Chichester City
  6. Corinthian
  7. Cray Valley PM
  8. East Grinstead Town
  9. Faversham Town
  10. Haywards Heath Town
  11. Hythe Town
  12. Lancing
  13. Littlehampton Town
  14. Ramsgate
  15. Sevenoaks Town
  16. Sheppey United
  17. Sittingbourne
  18. Three Bridges
  19. VCD Athletic
  20. Whitehawk

Each allocation is subject to appeal, with any appeals to be heard weeks commencing 6th and 13th June 2022.


The FA’s National League System has allocated the following clubs to the Pitching In Southern Football League for 2022/23.

Premier Division Central

AFC Rushden & Diamonds
Bedford Town
Bromsgrove Sporting
Coalville Town
Hednesford Town
Hitchin Town
*Kings Langley
Needham Market
Nuneaton Borough
Redditch United
Royston Town
Rushall Olympic
St Ives Town
Stratford Town

CAPITAL letters are clubs switched from Northern Premier League
*Lateral movement

Premier Division South

Beaconsfield Town
Chesham United
Dorchester Town
Gosport Borough
Harrow Borough
Hartley Wintney
Hayes & Yeading United
Metropolitan Police
North Leigh
Plymouth Parkway
Poole Town
Swindon Supermarine
Tiverton Town
Truro City
Walton Casuals
Winchester City
Yate Town

CAPITAL letters are clubs switched from the Isthmian League.

Division One Central

AFC Dunstable
Aylesbury United
Barton Rovers
Biggleswade FC
Biggleswade Town
*Cirencester Town
Didcot Town
FC Romania
Harlow Town
Hertford Town
*Highworth Town
Kempston Rovers
Thame United
Welwyn Garden City

*Lateral movement

Division One South

AFC Totton
Bideford AFC
Bishops Cleeve
Bristol Manor Farm
Evesham United
Exmouth Town
Frome Town
Hamworthy United
Larkhall Athletic
Lymington Town
Melksham Town
Merthyr Town
Paulton Rovers
Westbury United
Willand Rovers
Wimborne Town

Teams leaving the Southern League:

Lowestoft Town – to Isthmian League North

St Neots Town – to Northern Premier League Division One Midlands

2022/23 club allocations for Steps 3 to 6

The FA announce 2022/23 club allocations for Steps 3 to 6
The FA announce 2022/23 club allocations for Steps 3 to 6
The FA announce 2022/23 club allocations for Steps 3 to 6
The FA announce 2022/23 club allocations for Steps 3 to 6
The FA announce 2022/23 club allocations for Steps 3 to 6
The FA announce 2022/23 club allocations for Steps 3 to 6
The FA announce 2022/23 club allocations for Steps 3 to 6
The FA announce 2022/23 club allocations for Steps 3 to 6
The FA announce 2022/23 club allocations for Steps 3 to 6
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