About English Southern League Central Division
The English Southern League Central Division, also known as the BetVictor Southern League Central Division for sponsorship reasons, is a regional football league in England that sits at the eighth tier of the English football league system. It covers the central and southern parts of England and consists of 20 teams.
The league operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the leagues below it, such as the Southern League Division One Central, and with the leagues above it, such as the Southern League Premier Division South. At the end of each season, the team that finishes top of the Southern League Central Division is promoted to the Southern League Premier Division South, 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 appropriate Step 5 league, depending on their geographical location.
The Southern League Central Division was formed in 1999 as part of a restructuring of the English football pyramid, and it has since become an important part of the non-league game. It is known for its passionate and loyal fans, who provide a unique atmosphere at matches, and for its commitment to developing talented players who can go on to play at higher levels of the game.
Notable former players who have played in the Southern League Central Division include Jamie Vardy, who played for FC Halifax Town, and Callum Wilson, who played for Kettering Town, before going on to play in the Premier League with Bournemouth and Newcastle United. Overall, the Southern League Central 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 ~ Southern League Central Division (Play Offs: )