I'm trying to get my bearings with all the details of non-league football, as there is nothing like it in North American sports. Virtually all minor league teams are simply farm/training organizations for the major leagues. As a professional player you're either on your way up to the majors or coming back down. Obviously not having promotion & relegation as incentive plays a huge part in this, but it's still so amazing that there are hundreds of clubs in dozens of self-sustaining leagues all over the country.
There are some things that wikipedia doesn't quite cover though. I'll ask questions here as I work my through, and hopefully not bore you all.
The first thing I needed clarification on was what requirements are placed on a club itself as it gets promoted through the levels? Sure, the competition gets tougher so more training, better players and in turn more money is needed. But does each new league have certain needs or qualifications on the organization itself? Could a club not be able to complete promotion on some kind of administrative or maintenance snafu?
Post by salfordiandude on Feb 8, 2018 21:06:42 GMT
The biggest thing is ground grading, so each division has a criteria. Pitch size, so much seating area, facilities in general have to be at a certain standard to be eligible to gain promotion. There is no limits for Salford and can attain Premier league status, however they would have to have a suitable ground for that to happen.
The best way to get a complete understanding is search on the www.fa.com website.
Hope you can his helps somewhat, and hopefully someone else may explain anything I've missed, but you can use this as a start?
In short, each level of football is subject to ground grading standards. A club attaining promotion must meet the requisite standards (there is usually a little bit of leeway in the first season to get the ground up to scratch) or else face mandatory relegation or the prospect of not being able to take the promotion.