Gasping As They Fall Across The Line

We’ll be doing the FA Cup semi-finals on here over the next couple of days, but I thought that it was about time for a quick round-up of how things are going in the myriad of non-league competitions. The early Easter has brought the end of the season about rather suddenly this year, and in most semi-professional leagues there are only a handful of matches left to play. Here’s a quick reminder of how the non-league system in England works. It’s called “the pyramid” because the league fan out on a regional basis (the fundamental reason for this being that travel expenses become more and more of an issue the smaller a club is). At the top of the tree is the Conference, a national league, and its two regional second divisions, the Conference North and the Conference South. Below this, there are three leagues. The Northern Premier League (which covers the north of England) feeds into the Conference North and the Isthmian League (which covers the south and south east of England, as well as London) feeds into the Conference South, with the third league, the Southern League (which covers the Midlands, west and south-west of England), feeding into both the Conference North and South. All three of these leagues have a Premier Division and two regional second divisions (all of these leagues have sponsors’ names too, but...

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