Step 5 division for 17/18?
maybe at some point in the next few years.
would they give a number of years grace for clubs to get up to the appropriate ground grading a la Essex?
It all depends on what the FA classifies as 'the East Midlands'. If they include the southern half of Lincolnshire. Then I think that they will take existing step 5 clubs from the UCL, NCEL & the MFL. I think there's about 17 clubs at step 5 already in what could be classified as the East Midlands. If they want to reduce all the league's below step 3 to 20 clubs. Then this is doable, but a bit of shunting around will have to be done.