About English NPL Premier Division
The English NPL Premier Division, also known as the BetVictor Northern Premier League Premier Division for sponsorship reasons, is a regional football league in England that sits at the seventh tier of the English football league system. It covers the north and midlands of England and consists of 22 teams.
The league operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the leagues below it, such as the Northern Premier League Division One North West and the Northern Premier League Division One South East, and with the leagues above it, such as the National League North. At the end of each season, the team that finishes top of the NPL Premier Division is promoted to the National League North, while the teams that finish in second to fifth place take part in a playoff to determine the second team to be promoted.
The bottom three teams in the league table are relegated to the Northern Premier League Division One North West or Division One South East, depending on their geographical location.
The NPL Premier Division was formed in 1968 and has a proud history of providing a competitive and challenging environment for teams from across the north and midlands of England. It is known for its passionate and knowledgeable fans, who provide a unique atmosphere at matches. The league has also produced many talented players who have gone on to play at higher levels of the game.
Notable former players who have played in the NPL Premier Division include England international Jamie Vardy, who played for FC Halifax Town and worked his way up to play in the Premier League with Leicester City. Overall, the NPL Premier Division is an important part of the English football pyramid, providing a vital stepping stone for clubs and players to progress to higher levels of the game.
Promotion ~ National League North
Promotion ~ NPL Premier Division (Play Offs: )