Non-League Football, a Primer: Part One

In collaboration with Bill Turianski from the brilliant website, today we present a basic primer on the English football pyramid as we continue the week’s non-league theme.

Some of you might be well versed in this already, but it will be useful for those perhaps hazy about the levels that fall below the Premier League and the Football League (The Championship, Leagues One & Two) and are thus known as “non-league” (they are called this because before 1992, there was just the 92 team Football League, thus making everyone outside it “non”).

Tomorrow, again thanks to Bill, we’ll have a superbly illustrated map of the top 32 non-league clubs by attendance. But for now, familiarise yourself with the pyramid outlined in Bill’s map below (click on the map for a full size version). Lewes, the team I watched on Saturday, are in the sixth level, incidentally.

English Football Pyramid

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3 thoughts on “Non-League Football, a Primer: Part One

  1. Dave Boyle

    For more non-league stuff, see the incomparable Tony Kempster’s site:

    It’s so comprehensive that at times during the re-organisations that have affected non-league football in the last 5 years, I’ve wondered whether the powers that be have used his site to work out what the hell was going on.

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  3. Martin H

    Unfortunatley I’m becoming more & more familiar with the lower leagues in the tabls. Being a Luton Town supporter since the 80′s I’ve seen a slight slip down. Always the optimits..Come on the Hatters