National League North
|Number of teams||22|
|Level on pyramid||6
Step 2 (National League System)
|Promotion to||National League|
|Relegation to||Isthmian League Premier Division
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Southern Football League Premier Division
|Domestic cup(s)||FA Cup
|International cup(s)||Europa League
(via FA Cup)
|Current champions||AFC Fylde
The National League North, formerly Conference North (currently named the Vanarama National League North for sponsorship reasons), is a division of the National League in England, taking its place immediately below the top division National League. Along with the National League South, it is at Step 2 of the National League System and the sixth overall tier of the English football league system. It consists of teams located in Northern England, Norfolk, the English Midlands and North Wales. From the start of the 2015–16 season, the league has been known as the National League North. As part of a sponsorship deal with Vanarama, the National League North is now known as the Vanarama National League North.
The Conference North was introduced in 2004 as part of a major restructuring of English non-League football. The champions are automatically promoted to the National League. A second promotion place goes to the winners of play-offs involving the teams finishing in second to seventh place (expanded from four to six teams in the 2017–18 season). The three bottom clubs are relegated to Step 3 leagues. Teams from this division, as well as from the National League South, enter the FA Cup at the Second Qualifying Round.
For sponsorship reasons, the division was known as the Nationwide North from its formation in 2004 until 2007, when it was renamed the Blue Square North. In 2010 it was renamed the Blue Square Bet North. When Blue Square sponsorship ended in 2013, it was renamed the Skrill North until the 2014–15 season, when it was renamed the Vanarama North. A further name change followed in 2015, when the division was renamed the Vanarama National League North.
Current member clubs 2017–18
The current member clubs for the 2017–18 season are as follows:
|Club||Finishing position 2016–17|
|Blyth Spartans||1st (via Northern Premier League as Champions)|
|Bradford Park Avenue||16th|
|Leamington||2nd (via Southern Football League as playoff winners)|
|F.C. United of Manchester||13th|
|North Ferriby United||24th (relegated from National League)|
|Southport||23rd (relegated from National League)|
|Spennymoor Town||2nd (via Northern Premier League as playoff winners)|
|York City||21st (relegated from National League)|
All the winners of the league title and winners of the play-off final since the league's formation in 2004 are as follows:
Current league stadia
The stadiums of all teams in the league for the 2017–18 season are listed below:
|Alfreton Town||North Street||3,600||1,500|
|A.F.C. Telford United||New Bucks Head||6,300||2,200|
|Blyth Spartans||Croft Park||4,435||560|
|Boston United||York Street||6,643||1,826|
|Brackley Town||St. James Park||3,500||600|
|Bradford Park Avenue||Horsfall Stadium||3,500||1,247|
|Curzon Ashton||Tameside Stadium||4,000||527|
|F.C. United of Manchester||Broadhurst Park||4,400||510|
|Gainsborough Trinity||The Northolme||4,304||504|
|Harrogate Town||Wetherby Road||3,800||500|
|Leamington||New Windmill Ground||3,000||250|
|North Ferriby United||Grange Lane||2,200||501|
|Nuneaton Town||Liberty Way||4,314||514|
|Salford City||Moor Lane||2,000 (expansion 5,000)||200 (expansion 2,000)|
|Spennymoor Town||The Brewery Field||6,000||300|
|Stockport County||Edgeley Park||10,852||10,852|
|Tamworth||The Lamb Ground||4,000||518|
|York City||Bootham Crescent||8,256||3,409|
|Record home win||Fleetwood Town 8–0 Redditch United, 14 November 2009, and Altrincham 8–0 Hinckley United, 17 November 2012|
|Record away win||Redditch United 0–9 Boston United, 21 August 2010|
|Highest-scoring game||AFC Fylde 9–2 Boston United, 19 October 2016|
|Most points in a season||Chester – 107 points, Season 2012–13|
|Most wins in a season||Chester – 34, Season 2012–13|
|Fewest defeats in a season||Chester – 3, Season 2012–13|
|Most goals scored in a season||Chester – 103, Season 2012–13|
|Best goal difference||Chester – +71, Season 2012–13|
|Most league titles||2 – Southport|
|Most consecutive wins||15 games (21 Feb 2006 to 22 April 2006) – Northwich Victoria|
|Most consecutive clean sheets||10 games (30 Aug 2010 to 9 November 2010) – Boston United|
|Longest unbeaten run||30 games (15 Sep 2012 to 6 April 2013) – Chester|
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