FM 2016 Competitions Preview: England, Part II

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FM 2016 competitions preview

Hi guys, today we continue to show you a preview of the remaining leagues from England, starting with the 5th tier which is the National League. In case you missed our first episode, you can find it here: FM 2016 Competitions Preview: England, Part I

Tier V: Vanarama National League

  • 46 games (teams play each other twice)
  • Squad Registration: Emergency goalkeepers can be signed at any time during the season
  • Match Rules: No player restrictions
  • Promotion: 1 team promoted, 4 qualify for playoffs
  • Relegation: Bottom 4 teams are relegated

The National League (currently named the Vanarama National League for sponsorship reasons) is the top division of the National League in England. It is the 5th-highest of the overall English football league system. While all of the clubs in the top four tiers of English football are full-time professional, the National League has a mixture of full-time and semi-professional clubs. The National League is the lowest nationwide division in the English football pyramid.

Vanarama Clubs (Ordered by Media Prediction)

 OddsINTStadiumTrainingYouthFinanceEst. ValueTransferExpectations
Tranmere7(r)16200AdequateAdequateOkay£2,6M (2M)£50KWinners
Eastleigh9-5192Below AvgBasicOkay£1,1M£60KWinners
Grimsby Town17-8870BasicPoorOkay£1,2M (2,5M)£0Playoffs
Forest Green21-5147AveragePoorOkay£525K (1,2M)£17KPlayoffs
Cheltenham21(r)7133AdequatePoorOkay£1,2M (400K)£0Playoffs
Gateshead34-11800AdequateBelow AvgOkay£1M£50KTop half
Woking34-6036BasicBasicOkay£650K (50K)£15KTop half
Boreham Wood34(p)4502AverageBelow AvgOkay£475K£2KTop half
Dover34-6500BasicBasicOkay£600K£8KTop half
Macclesfield41-5988AverageBelow AvgOkay£450K (60K)£0Top half
Barrow41(p)4416Below AvgBasicOkay£1,1M£20KTop half
Wrexham41-15500GoodAdequateOkay£1,6M£50KMid-table
Braintree41-4222PoorPoorOkay£575K£8KMid-table
Torquay41-6200AverageBasicOkay£625K (110K)£0Mid-table
Chester41-6000AdequatePoorOkay£725K£0Mid-table
Lincoln41-10120GoodPoorOkay£1,1M (85K)£4KMid-table
Bromley41(p)5000BasicBasicOkay£500K£10KMid-table
Southport51-6008BasicBasicOkay£450K£10KAvoid releg.
FC Halifax51-14061Below AvgBasicOkay£1,1M£50KAvoid releg.
Kidderminster51-6444PoorBasicOkay£550K (18K)£20KAvoid releg.
Aldershot81-7500BasicBasicOkay£450K (20K)£0Avoid releg.
Altrincham81-6085Below AvgBasicOkay£525K£0Avoid releg.
Guiseley81(p)3000PoorBasicOkay£275K£0Avoid releg.
Welling101-5000BasicBasicOkay£210K (35K)£0Avoid releg.

Tier VI: Vanarama National League North

  • 42 games (teams play each other twice)
  • Squad Registration: Emergency goalkeepers can be signed at any time during the season
  • Match Rules: The match squad must have no more than 5 loan players
  • Promotion: 1 team promoted, 4 qualify for playoffs
  • Relegation: Bottom 3 teams are relegated

The National League North is a division of the National League in England. Along with the National League South, it is a Tier 2 of the National League System and the 6th overall tier of the English football league system. It consists of teams located in Northern England, Suffolk, the English Midlands and North Wales.

Vanarama North Clubs (Ordered by Media Prediction)

 OddsINTStadiumTrainingYouthFinanceEst. ValueTransferExpectations
Stockport9-10500GoodPoorOkay£675K£0Winners
Worchester21-6444PoorBasicOkay275K£0Playoffs
Nuneaton26(r)4714Below AvgBasicOkay£375K£8KPlayoffs
Solihull Moors34-3050Below AvgBasicOkay£230K£0Playoffs
Alfreton Town34(r)3600GoodBasicOkay££350K£10KPlayoffs
Tamworth34-4065BasicBasicOkay£275K£0Playoffs
Harrogate34-3800Below AvgBelow AvgOkay£200K£5KPlayoffs
Lowestoft41-3000PoorBasicOkay£250K£2KTop half
AFC Fylde41-3000PoorBasicOkay£250K£5KTop half
Bradford PA41-5000PoorBasicOkay£325K£0Mid-table
AFC Telford41(r)5800AverageAdequateOkay£425K£5KMid-table
Brackley41-3500PoorBasicOkay£170K£0Mid-table
Boston Utd41-6643AdequatePoorOkay£250K£0Mid-table
Gainsborough51-4304PoorBasicOkay£220K£0Mid-table
Chorley51-4100PoorBasicOkay£275K£0Mid-table
Hednesford51-6039PoorBasicOkay£350K£2KMid-table
Corby Town81-3893PoorPoorOkay£95K£0Avoid releg.
FC United81(p)4238PoorPoorOkay£775K (500K)£40KAvoid releg.
North Ferriby81-3000Below AvgBasicOkay£190K£5KAvoid releg.
Gloucester81-7133PoorBasicOkay£55K£0Avoid releg.
Stalybridge101-6108Below AvgBelow AvgOkay£350K£0Avoid releg.
Curzon Ashton151(p)4000Below AvgBasicOkay£180K£0Avoid releg.

Tier VI: Vanarama National League South

  • 42 games (teams play each other twice)
  • Squad Registration: Emergency goalkeepers can be signed at any time during the season
  • Match Rules: The match squad must have no more than 5 loan players
  • Promotion: 1 team promoted, 4 qualify for playoffs
  • Relegation: Bottom 3 teams are relegated

The National League South is one of the second divisions of the National League in England. Champions are automatically promoted to the National League. A second promotion place goes to the winners of play-offs involving the teams finishing in 2nd to 5th place. The three bottom clubs are relegated. Teams from this division, as well as from the National League North, enter the FA Cup at the Second Qualifying Round.

Vanarama South Clubs (Ordered by Media Prediction)

 OddsINTStadiumTrainingYouthFinanceEst. ValueTransferExpectations
Ebbsfleet6-4098Below AvgAdequateOkay£750K£75KWinners
Whitehawk17-3000BasicBasicOkay£375K (30K)£20KPlayoffs
Sutton Utd26-7032Below AvgBasicOkay£700K£5KPlayoffs
Margate34(p)2100Below AvgBasicOkay£350K£20KPlayoffs
Hemel Hempstead34-3152BasicPoorOkay£250K£2KPlayoffs
Hayes&Yeading34-4500PoorBasicOkay£24K (100K)£0Playoffs
Havant & W41-4800PoorBasicOkay£375K£5KTop half
Gosport41-4500PoorBasicOkay£325K£2KTop half
Oxford City41(r)3000Below AvgPoorOkay£300K£1KTop half
Maidenhead41-4500PoorBelow AvgOkay£300K£0Top half
Dartford51(r)6000AdequatePoorOkay£500K£15KTop half
Bishop's Stortford51-4000Below AvgPoorOkay£275K£1KTop half
Wealdstone51-2000BasicBasicOkay£170K£0Top half
Basingstoke51-6000PoorBasicOkay£425K£0Mid-table
St. Albans51-6000PoorPoorOkay£325K£0Mid-table
Eastbourne Boro81-4121BasicBasicOkay£220K£1KAvoid releg.
Bath City81-8840BasicBasicOkay£675K£1KAvoid releg.
Maidstone81(p)2950BasicPoorOkay£450K£10KAvoid releg.
Concord Rangers81-3300PoorBasicOkay£170K£0Avoid releg.
Truro City101(p)3000BasicBasicOkay£90K£0Avoid releg.
Weston-s-M101-3500PoorBasicOkay£180K£0Avoid releg.
Chelmsford151-3016Below AvgBasicOkay£150K£0Avoid releg.

The Cups

  • FA Cup – knockout tournament open to all clubs
  • Capital One Cup – knockout tournament open to clubs from Tier 1 to Tier 4
  • Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – knockout, open to clubs from Tier 3 (League One) and Tier 4 (League Two)
  • FA Trophy – knockout tournament open to clubs from Tier 5 to Tier 8
  • Community Shield – single match between the Premier League champions and FA Cup winners

Next time we’ll take a quick look at some other playable nations in the game. Below are some of the conventions I took in order to show more information in a compact view in the tables. Thanks for reading and please feel free to leave any comments or feedback. Happy managing!

Table Conventions

  • Under INT – CL, EL = Europe during first season / (p) = promoted club / (r) = relegated club
  • Under Finance – asterisk sign (*) = club is under transfer embargo due to breach of financial regulations
  • Under Estimated Value – loan debt is shown in parenthesis ().
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