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NLO releases guidelines for promotion, relegation

The Nationwide League One (NLO) has revealed format to be used in promoting and relegating of teams in Division One and Two at the end of the current season even as it planned to upgrade the Division Two to a youth league but strictly for U-19 players from 2023.

At the end of the mid-season meeting on developments in the league, Board of Directors and Management of the nation’s third-tier domestic league, took crucial decisions as it affects the structures of the league.

Some of the decisions taken, were in line with the on-going discussion with its potential partner.

The Board approved that at the end of the season, promotion and relegation will be as follows; From Div. One, eight teams will be promoted to Nigerian National League (NNL) while eight teams will be relegated to Division Two.

*That any promoted team to the Nigerian National League (NNL) that sells off its slot shall not be allowed to return to NLO with the same name.

*As for Division Two, 16 Teams will be promoted to Division One, while same number of teams will be relegated from Division Two to State League.

Any team that is relegated from Division One to Two can only retain a minimum of 10 players that are above 19-years in their teams. While in the State League, only 16 Teams will be promoted to NLO Division Two League.

*The Board, also approved the promotion to Division One all second-best position teams in the just concluded 2022 Division Two League. It also informed that at the end of the current season, the Division Three will be merged with Division Two.

Meanwhile, ahead the 2023 season, the NLO informed that the Division Two League will be known as a Youth League strictly for players within U-19.

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