The Non-League Pyramid, steps 5 and below.

Here I will track the playoffs, promotions, relegations, and European places during the 2019-20 season in English soccer.

The English Football Pyramid.

Updated June 29, 2020

For obvious reasons, this is not a normal season. For example, on the pyramid of leagues in English football, everything below level six was declared “null and void,” meaning no champions, no promotions and no relegations.

At tiers 5 and 6, collectively called the National League, the season is over but promotion and relegation are uncertain. The clubs are considering a plan that would settle the ups and downs based on points-per-game.

Above that — ie, in the Football League and Premier League — read on. And here is more about promotion and relegation in general.

European Places in the Premier League

The short version here is that the top four in England go to the Champions League for next season, and No. 5 goes to the Europa League. The latter is always a little more confusing than that, and the former is complicated by the possibility that Manchester City get banned for financial shenanigans, but we’ll just keep up a weekly update here.

Currently in Champions League: Liverpool (confirmed), Manchester City, Leicester City, Chelsea.

Europa League: Wolverhampton, with Manchester United three points back with a game in hand. Seems pretty likely they both get in.

Looks like the end of the road for Norwich in the Premier League.

From Premier League Down to Championship

Bottom three: Currently that’s Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich. It’s hard to see how Norwich can stay up. West Ham and Watford are essentially level with Villa and Bournemouth, so two of those four will go down with Norwich.

From the Championship up to the Premier League

The top two go up automatically, and the third spot is determined by a playoff of teams placed 3-6.

Currently going up automatically: Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion, who are eight and five points clear of third place. Leeds, especially, would have to choke massively to not go up.

Currently in the playoff places: Fulham, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Cardiff. Derby and Preston North End are three points off sixth place, with several teams a point or two behind them.

From the Championship Down to League One

Bottom Three: Currently Huddersfield Town, Luton Town and Barnsley. Hull, Stoke and Middlesbrough are also in trouble.

Are Portsmouth finally getting out of League One?

From League One up to The Championship

League One has abandoned its season and, based on points-per-game, crowned Coventry City champions and Rotherham United as the other automatic qualifier.

The third spot will be determined by a playoff between Wycombe Wanderers, Oxford United, Portsmouth and Fleetwood Town. Those playoffs begin July 3, with the final set for July 13 at (empty) Wembley Stadium.

From League One Down to League Two

Normally, four teams would go down, but this year Bury of League One went out of business. So only three teams will go down, with four coming up to fill the Bury-shaped hole.

Relegated: Tranmere Rovers, Southend United, Bolton Wanderers

From League Two up to League One

League Two also dropped their season and went points-per-game, meaning we had three automatic promotions and a playoff.

Promoted: Swindon Town, Crewe Alexandra and Plymouth Argyle automatically. Northampton Town lost their first playoff game at home to Cheltenham Town, 2-0, but stormed back to win that tie 3-2. Then they rolled Exeter City in the final, 4-0. So it’s up to League One for Northampton Town!

From League Two Down to the National League

Again, in a normal year two teams would go down, but with Bury’s demise there needs to be a net gain of one in the league. So only one team is going down. But who? On the current table, that’s Stevenage. But allegations of financial shenanigans at Macclesfield Town mean they might get a points deduction and go down. Lawyers are involved. Stay tuned.

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