PORTHLEVEN and Wendron United are among those clubs to have applied for promotion to the SWPL Premier Division next season.

The other teams who have lodged an application from Division 1 West are Mousehole, St Dennis and Wadebridge.

One club from each of East and West is eligible for promotion each season.

The only Combination League team to have applied for promotion is Carharrack.

For promotion to SWPL Premier, the eligible club must pass the ground grading first and then finish within the top three places only to be considered. Should two clubs be eligible for promotion, then two clubs will be relegated, if one club then only the bottom side will be relegated.

Likewise should a club be promoted to Step 5, then relegation will be reduced, in all cases the side finishing 19th will be reprieved ahead of the side finishing 20th.

If the FA relegates existing Premier clubs that fail to meet ground standards by March 31, any additional promotion spaces are likely to be allocated on a points per game basis.

Step Seven to Step Six: (East & West to Premier) Crediton United East Division Elburton Villa West Division Ilfracombe Town East Division Liskeard Athletic West Division Millbrook West Division Mousehole West Division Newton Abbot Spurs East Division Porthleven West Division St Blazey West Division St Dennis West Division Wadebridge Town West Division Wendron United West Division Feeder Leagues to Step Seven: Bere Alston United East Cornwall Premier Braunton North Devon League Carharrack Cornwall Combination Cronies Devon & Exeter League Elmore Devon & Exeter League Exwick Villa Devon & Exeter League Kingsteignton Athletic South Devon League Newtown Devon & Exeter League Waldon Athletic South Devon League

Allocation of club from outside the feeder league system: Torquay United

All clubs will now be ground graded for the standards required and these must be in place by the March 31.

With nine applicants from five different feeder leagues it is worthwhile observing the following:

1) Only clubs who achieve a ground grading are acceptable

2) Only one club per feeder league can be accepted

3) Clubs must finish in the Top two of their league (clubs finishing third can only fill vacancies).

4) In the event of more than two clubs remaining eligible the next determining factor is league position.

The rules state the champion club of any one feeder is ranked higher than a second or third. No difference is afforded to the perceived strength of one league over another. If two champion clubs are acceptable they are accepted and clubs finishing second or third fail, likewise if we go down to second the clubs finishing third fail etc.

5) In the event of more than four clubs achieving the ground standards and finishing in the same position the board at its May meeting will vote on who to accept, those tied clubs will be invited to make representation prior to any vote.