Everything you need to know about the National League play-offs


Tranmere’s win at Halifax on Saturday secured second spot with two games remaining, meaning Rovers can begin to make some plans for the play-offs.

As we well know, the play-offs have been restructured in the National League this season, meaning that the teams finishing second and third will have a one-off home match to secure a spot in the final at Wembley.  This is what Tranmere now have.

This means that Rovers will play at Prenton Park on Saturday 5th May – win this, and we’ll be going back to Wembley to contest the play-off final once again.

How the rest of the play-offs will shape up

Finishing second will mean Tranmere will face the winner of a match between fifth and sixth place. The team that finishes third will meet the winners of fourth versus seventh.

Here’s the breakdown.

Match A – Wednesday 2nd May

5th vs 6th

Match B – Thursday 3rd May

4th vs 7th

Semi-final 1 – Saturday 5th May

2nd versus winner match 1

Semi-final 2 – Sunday 6th May

3rd versus winner match 2

Final – Saturday 12th May

Winner semi-final 1 vs winner semi-final 2

All play-off games will be broadcast live on BT Sport.

Current league standings

This is how the top of the National League looks currently. If the season was to end now, for example, Tranmere would play the winners of Fylde versus Boreham Wood at Prenton Park while Sutton would host Aldershot or Dover.

Final league positions will be known by 5pm next Saturday, 28th April.

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