The 2018/2019 Nigeria National League(NNL) new season will commence on Wednesday 10 April, 2019 at designated centres in the biggest expanded abridged divisions since the creation of the second tier and ‘Most’ important League in 1979.
The clubs that will participate are made up of forty two (42). The 2019 NNL season has been broken down into two(2) conferences of Northern and South with the forty two(42) clubs in four(4) groups of two(2) sub divisions each.
42 clubs are grouped into different zones which are made up of A1, A2, A3, and A4 in the Northern Conference.
And in the Southern Conference : B1, B2, B3,and B4.
The groups have five(5) teams while some have six(6) teams which marks the least number of clubs in divisions in the history of the NNL.
At the end of the group matches , each group winner qualifiers for play off , this will see :
Winner A1 vs A2
Winner A3 vs A4
In the Northern Conference
And in the South:
Winner B1 vs B2
Winner B3 vs B4.
The winners of the play off will qualify for the four NNL slots in the Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL).
The four group winners will also play in a Super Four in Asaba ,Delta State- the Stephen Keshi Stadium to determine overall champion of NNL for the season.
- The four(4) best teams from NNL will move to the NPFL
- Eight (8) Clubs from the Nigeria Nation wide(NLO) League will be promoted to the NNL
- Eight(8) NNL clubs will drop to the Nigeria Nationwide League(NLO), at the end of the season.
- Eight(8) teams will drop from the NPFL to the NNL