Clubs back proposals to settle Vanarama National League positions

Torquay United's stadium at Plainmoor Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK

Torquay United's stadium at Plainmoor Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK - Credit: Micah Crook/PPAUK

Vanarama National League clubs have finally backed proposals to settle positions on a points-per-game basis and to complete promotion issues via play-offs wherever possible.

It means that NL champions Barrow will be promoted back to the Football League (EFL) after a 48-year gap and King's Lynn Town and Wealdstone will be automatically promoted from the North and South Divisions.

Torquay United will move up a place, from 15th to 14th, under PPG.

But more clubs could still be promoted or relegated between all three divisions after the vote backed the principle of Play-Offs - if they can take place within the Covid-19 safety protocols laid down by the Government.

Clubs like Notts County and Yeovil Town, who were both relegated from the EFL 12 months ago, will now have a chance to go back up via NL 'Premier' play-offs.

Over the past week NL North and South clubs had fought to restore their own POs, and today's vote agreed to that - again as long as club facilities allow them to take place safely.

Two more clubs coming up from North and South means more being relegated, and it looks as if AFC Fylde and Ebbsfleet United will now join bottom club Chorley in going down.

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Torquay are understood to have been among the majority of clubs who voted in favour of the proposals.

The decision now has to be ratified by the Football Association, ahead of a potentially difficult period in which everyone will see whether today's words can actually be turned into 'safe' play-off action.