Ground Grading and Ground Improvement
The FA National League System (NLS) and Women’s Pyramid provide a structure for the senior levels of the male and female game respectively in England. The NLS operates directly below the English Football League (EFL) League 2 through to county level Step 7 represented in Oxfordshire by the Oxfordshire Senior League Premier Division. Similarly, the Women’s Pyramid begins immediately below the Women’s Super League 2 and ends at county league level Step 6.
|Grade A||Step 1, National League||Information Sheet (Grade A)|
|Grade B||Step 2, National League South||Information Sheet (Grade B)|
|Grade C||Step 3, Southern League Premier Division||Information Sheet (Grade C)|
|Grade D||Step 4, Southern League Division One
||Information Sheet (Grade D)|
|Grade E||The entry requirement for Step 4
||Information Sheet (Grade E)|
|Grade F||Step 5, Hellenic League Premier Division
||Information Sheet (Grade F)|
|Grade G||Step 6, Hellenic League Division One
||Information Sheet (Grade G)|
|Grade H||The entry requirement for Step 6
||Information Sheet (Grade H)|
|Minimum Grading Requirements||Step 7, Oxfordshire Senior League Premier Division||Information Sheet (MGR)|
The Women’s Pyramid steps and grades for Oxfordshire are as follows:
|Grade A||Step 1, FA Women’s Premier League - National Division|
|Grade A||Step 2, FA Women’s Premier League - National Division|
|Grade B||Step 3, South West Women’s Combination League
|Grade C||Step 4, Southern Women’s Regional League – Premier Division
|N/A||Step 5, Southern Women’s Regional League – Division One|
|N/A||Step 6, Thames Valley Women’s League|
The grading requirements for the Women’s Pyramid can be found here.
The Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) provides financial support to football clubs towards their ground improvement projects.
Funded by the Premier League with an annual budget of £6m, the FSIF awards capital grants to clubs from the Football League down to the lower levels of the FA National League System to improve safety at their stadia and to enable them to satisfy The FA’s ground grading requirements.
For more information on the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and what is available, simply visit their website.
Frequently asked questions about Ground Grading and Ground Improvement