Ambitious clubs can start applying for promotion to Step 4 of the National League System for season 2014-15.
We would encourage applications only from those clubs that have serious ambitions to progress and either currently have an E Grade or can realistically achieve an E Grade by 31 March 2014.
An application form should be completed thoroughly if you wish to be considered for promotion:
- Copy of latest audited or certified annual accounts (these must cover season 2012/2013 at least)
- Grading fee cheque for £120 made payable to The Football Association Ltd (all applicants must provide this).
The application form and accompanying documentation must be received no later than 30 November 2013.
You will not be required to return copies of tenure documents with your application, although we may request this should your club be in a promotion position towards the end of the season.
All clubs seeking promotion will be required to forward a cheque for £120 (£100 plus VAT) made payable to ‘The Football Association Ltd’ with the application form. This fee will cover one grading visit only; subsequent grading visits will also be charged at £100 plus VAT.
Clubs will be forwarded a self assessment grading questionnaire following the return of the application form. Please only request a grading visit when you are satisfied that the club has reached the requirements for Grade E. These are grading visits NOT advisory visits. Remember the club will be charged for each visit.
The application form and accompanying documentation can be scanned and emailed (with a cheque to follow in the post) to Penny.Kift@TheFA.com or sent by post to:
The FA Group
PO Box 1966
If sending by post it would be advisable to send the documentation by Recorded or Special Delivery.
With regard to promotion at the end of this season, now that the Isthmian League Step 4 divisions have been increased to 24 clubs each, there will be an opportunity for 14 clubs to be promoted. The clubs finishing in the top position in their current Step 5 league and are in possession of a Grade E or above by 31 March 2014 will be eligible for promotion.
In the event of the first-placed club not being eligible, the clubs finishing in second or third position will be considered, subject to the clubs being in possession of a Grade E by 31 March 2014.
The clubs to be promoted from Step 5 will be placed in a feeder pool and allocated to the most geographically appropriate division.
Any application forms received after 30 November 2013 deadline will NOT be accepted.
If you have any queries regarding promotion to Step 4, you should contact either Mike Appleby (Mike.Appleby@TheFA.com) or Penny Kift.