Wembley on the cards for National South play-off finals in proposed shake-up
PUBLISHED: 10:26 20 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:26 20 June 2016
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St Albans City could be heading to Wembley – if proposals from the National League are voted through.
Member clubs have been asked to vote on a number of potential changes put forward at the annual congress.
The first would see all three play-off finals, for the National League, National North and National South, played at Wembley Stadium on the same day.
The league say it is conditional on agreeing favourable financial terms with the stadium but it is “operationally feasible”.
If it was to be passed then extra-time would be scrapped with the final going straight to penalties after 90 minutes.
A second suggestion is to increase the number of teams who qualify for the play-offs from four to six.
This would see teams finishing as low as seventh having the chance of being promoted.
The sides finishing fifth and sixth would play each other on a Wednesday with the winners playing at the league runners-up the following Saturday.
Teams in fourth and seventh would play on the Thursday with a trip to the third-placed side the following Sunday the reward.
All matches would be one-off games but the proposals iterate that teams finishing second to fifth would have at least one game at home as they do now.
The league says the three finals proposal could be in place for May 2017 while the extended play-offs would be introduced for the 2017/18 season.
St Albans have yet to meet to make their decision as to how they will vote.