At their meeting on 6 February, the FA’s Leagues Committee decided the principles to be applied when allocating clubs at Steps 3 & 4 for season 2018/19.
At Step 3 the decision is to implement a north division, a central ‘band’ from the east coast to the west of Birmingham, together with south west and south-east divisions.
The Northern Premier League is to administer the area which stretches from the Scottish Border to a horizontal line which includes Nottingham. The Southern League is to administer the central band and the south-west area and the Isthmian League the south-east area.
At Step 4 the seven areas will be divided with the Northern Premier League to have responsibility for in the area which stretches from the Scottish Border to a horizontal line which includes Leicester . The Isthmian League and the Southern League will administer the other six areas.
The Northern Premier League is calling a meeting of its clubs to decide whether to remain with a north/south split or to change to an east/west allocation.
The Football Association states that “It is emphasised that this is a guide only at this time. We have deliberately not included names of clubs because the full allocation can only be made when the identities of the constituent clubs are known. It is clarified that this is for season 2018/19 and the make-up of clubs in future seasons may alter this approach”.