National League North
|Number of teams||22|
|Level on pyramid||6|
Step 2 (National League System)
|Promotion to||National League|
|Relegation to||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||King's Lynn Town |
|Current: 2020–21 season|
The National League North, formerly Conference North (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 and the English Midlands. Since 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 was renamed 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 the 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.
The National League North is to expand to 24 teams in 2021, when the bottom two clubs were to be relegated and four promoted from Step 3 after the 2020–21 season. Four will be relegated starting in 2022. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in England, the 2020–21 National League North season was curtailed and voided after written resolutions were put to a vote. No teams were relegated. Promotions from Step 3 had yet to be discussed.
Member clubs for 2020–21
The member clubs for the 2020–21 season are as follows:
|Club||Finishing position 2019–20|
|AFC Telford United||14th|
|Bradford (Park Avenue)||22nd|
|Chorley||24th (National League)|
|AFC Fylde||23rd (National League)|
The winners of the league title and the winners of the play-off final since the league's formation in 2004 are as follows:
League stadiums for 2020–21
The stadiums of all the teams in the league for the 2020–21 season are listed below:
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|Record home win||Fleetwood Town 8–0 Redditch United, 14 November 2009|
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 November 2016|
|Most points in a season||107 points – Chester (2012–13)|
|Most wins in a season||34 – Chester (2012–13)|
|Fewest defeats in a season||3 – Chester (2012–13)|
|Most goals scored in a season||109 – AFC Fylde (2016–17)|
|Largest positive goal difference||71 – Chester (2012–13)|
|Most league titles||2 – Southport (2004–05, 2009–10)|
|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|
|Largest Attendance||6311 (3 Mar 2019) – Stockport County|
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