Promotion And Relegation Explained - League One

Published: Apr 23, 2014 20:23pm EDT
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Apr 23, 2014 @ 08:23pm EDT


In recent conversations with family members and friends it dawned on me that the whole concept of promotion and relegation, which is second nature to the European soccer fan, may not be quite understood in the broader sense over here.


I think we are all familiar with the Premiership but there are also three divisions below the Premier League into which teams get promoted from or relegated to. Directly below the Premiership is the Sky Bet Championship. Below that is the Sky Bet League One and finally the Sky Bet League Two. In order for a League Two side to get into the Premiership they must first get promoted into League One, and then from there to the Championship before the Premiership dream can be realized.


There are numerous non leagues below the League Two Division, but for the purposes of this I will just concentrate on the three leagues directly below the Premiership. Each day I will try to give you a sense of who the movers and shakers are for the particular League of focus, who will go up and who will drop out. Yesterday I focused on Sky Bet League Two and today it is time to look at the next division up, Sky Bet League One.




Yesterday I spoke of the teams coming up into this League from the Sky Bet League Two which unfortunately means that four sides will be heading out of this League in the wrong direction. Stevenage Borough are already confirmed as heading that way and Shrewsbury Town are not far behind them with their relegation being confirmed as early as Saturday. Shrewsbury, founded in 1886, were FA Cup Quarter Finalists in both 1979 and 1982 and League Cup Semi Finalists in 1961.


Joining them will be two from five ‘most likely’ candidates. Three points from safety, but with an extra game means Carlisle can lose at home to Oldham on Saturday and still not be relegated. Notts County are currently in that final relegation position and could have more of an impact on the playoff places than securing their own futures right now.


If Notts County fail to win then Colchester, Crewe and Tranmere can all but secure their League status if they win their games. Colchester host already promoted Brentford, while Crewe are away to mid table Bristol City and Tranmere travel to Leyton Orient, who have their playoff position secured.


At the top of the table things are a little less up in the air with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brentford already securing the two automatic promotion positions and one step closer to Premiership football. Wolves have won the League three times in their glorious 1950's and runners up on five occasions. They have actually also raised the FA Cup on four occasions, although the last time was in 1960. Wolves have also won the League Cup twice beating Manchester City in 1974 and Nottingham Forest in 1980.


Joining them will be one of four playoff teams. Currently Rotherham, Preston and Leyton Orient have already secured a playoff position with Peterborough and Swindon battling for the final place.


Peterborough are in pole position for that final place as they are currently four points ahead of Swindon. Having to travel to relegation bound Shrewsbury with a win securing their participation even a defeat on Saturday could still see them achieve that goal if Swindon fail to win away to Notts County, who are also fighting relegation.


Tomorrow I will look at the big division, the Sky Bet Championship. The division will accept three teams from this division and spit three back down. Also it will accept three teams from the Premiership while promoting three up to the EPL, including the $100 million game.


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