Northern Premier League Division One South
|Number of teams||22|
|Level on pyramid||8|
|Promotion to||NPL Premier Division|
|Relegation to||NWCL Premier Division
NCEL Premier Division
Midland Football League
|Domestic cup(s)||FA Cup
Peter Swales Shield
|Current champions||Stafford Rangers F.C
Division One South is one of the two second-tier divisions of the Northern Premier League. It is at Step 4 of the National League System, placing it at the eighth level of the overall English football league system, seven divisions below the Premier League. For sponsorship reasons, it is also referred to as the Evo-Stik League Division One South.
The split of the Northern Premier League First Division resulted in the creation of the Division One South and the Division One North. The division began play at the start of the 2007–08 season, initially with 18 teams but increased to 22 teams from the 2009–10 season.
At the end of the season, the champion of the league is promoted to the Northern Premier Division. The teams placed 2nd to 5th engage in a playoff to determine which team is also promoted. The teams placed 21st and 22nd are relegated to level 9.
The league operates a double round robin system, where each team plays each other team twice, once at home and once away. After 42 games, the team that are placed top of the league will automatically promote to the Northern Premier League Premier Division and the two teams at the bottom of the league relegate to one of the feeder leagues (usually either the North West Counties, Northern Counties East, United Counties League or Midland Alliance). Teams placed 2nd to fifth will play off for the final promotion spot.
In the 2007-08 season, when the league originally split from its traditional one division into a North and South, the league operated with 18 teams, leading to splitting the league into two separate groups of 9 teams each. Each team would play each team in their own group three times (once at home, once away then an extra game where each team received an extra four home games) and play the teams in the other group home and away once each.
This changed back to the traditional format in 2008–09 when more teams entered the league.
Current clubs 2016-17
||Home Ground||Finishing position 2015–16|
|Rushden & Diamonds||Dog & Duck||Transferred from the Southern Football League Division One Central, 5th|
|Basford United||Greenwich Avenue||4th|
|Bedworth United||The Oval||Relegated from the Southern Football League Premier Division, 21st|
|Belper Town||Christchurch Meadow||13th|
|Carlton Town||Bill Stokeld Stadium||18th|
|Chasetown||The Scholars Ground||13th|
|Gresley||The Moat Ground||5th|
|Kidsgrove Athletic||The Seddon Stadium||20th|
|Leek Town||Harrison Park||2nd|
|Lincoln United||Ashby Avenue||9th|
|Loughborough Dynamo||Nanpantan Sports Ground||14th|
|Market Drayton Town||Greenfields Sports Ground||19th|
|Newcastle Town||Lyme Valley Stadium||3rd|
|Northwich Victoria||Wincham Park||Transferred from the Division One North, 3rd|
|Romulus||The Central Ground||12th|
|Rugby Town||Butlin Road||9th|
|Shaw Lane Aquaforce||Shaw Lane||2nd|
|Sheffield||Coach and Horses Ground||15th|
|Spalding United||Sir Halley Stewart Field||7th|
|Stamford||Zeeco Stadium||Relegated from NPL Premier Division, 21st|
|Stocksbridge Park Steels||Look Local Stadium||17th|
|Witton Albion||Wincham Park||Transferred from the Division One North, 11th|
From 1987 until 2007, the division was united and just known as the Northern Premier League First Division, before being split into North and South subsections. Here are the champions from when the league was just the NPL First Division.