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The 14 League 1 clubs will each play 22 games – 11 home and 11 away, playing each other once and nine teams twice with fixtures scheduled on a geographical basis.
I think it's fair to say that the 'northern' half of that division will be a significantly stronger/tougher 'geographical' group, so a better team could miss out on an opportunity to compete for promotion to a poorer 'southern' side (it's feasible that the strongest 'southern' side - probably Skolars - could win all of it's 'geographical' games, whilst the 'Northern' teams would be capable of beating each other.
And where is the 'geographical' line drawn? Could North Wales find themselves in the Southern pool?
Assuming Hunslet (as a proxy for any of the top three) go up, you'd be looking at:
Oldham, York, Hornets, Swinton, Keighley, Barrow, Gateshead
Hemel, All-Golds, Oxford, Skolars, South Wales, Coventry - and Crusaders?
Given that it's an hour from Rochdale to Wrexham and two and a half to Gateshead, how would that work in terms of 'geographic proximity'?
It doesn't fully explain how promotion from League 1 works. There's no automatic promotion. 1st plays 2nd in a promotion decider. Winner goes up, loser drops into the playoffs with 3rd, 4th and 5th. Winner of that playoff series also goes up. So you could finish top of the division and not go up - and the club finishing 5th could go up.