The National League is brimming with quality, and with teams such as York City and Dagenham & Redbridge dropping from League Two – the season looks likely to be one of the most competitive in recent memory.
With limited promotion places up for grabs, we take a look at four teams that could be set to fight for promotion.
Forest Green Rovers
The club concluded last term second in the National League, yet another club record finish.
Rovers threw the title away last term, after a poor run of results towards the end of the campaign, losing first place to Cheltenham Town.
The capitulation saw Adrian Pennock sacked and Head of Youth Scott Bartlett once again installed as caretaker manager.
Bartlett guided Forest Green into the National League promotion final after a semi-final 2-1 aggregate win over Dover Athletic. However, a 3-1 loss to Grimsby Town at Wembley Stadium in the play-off final saw the club denied a berth in the Football League. Now, with former player Mark Cooper in charge of proceedings, the future looks bright.
Despite a spirited effort, York finished bottom of League Two last term and were thus relegated.
The club still possesses a quality squad and, with Jackie McNamara guiding the Yorkshire outfit, the Minstermen should be looking at fighting for at least a play-off place.
A big season is needed from Scott Fenwick to propel the club up the table, and show some of the form he did at Hartlepool United.
Dagenham & Redbridge
After their relegation from League Two, the Daggers will be keen on a swift return to the Football League.
A big advantage they have on their promotion competitors is John Still. Not only has the manager achieved promotion to League Two in 2007, but also guided the club into League One during his second spell as Daggers manager.
Now in his third stint, Still came into the job in 2015 on the back of a promotion to the Football League with Luton Town, and will hope to emulate that success at Victoria Road. To keep up-to-date with this season’s football results, head to Coral to check any result in Non-League football.
After a dramatic upturn in results, during which the team overturned a 12-point deficit, Torquay confirmed their place in the National League last term with a 2-0 victory over Bromley on April 16th.
It was a rocky period for the club, but came out of it stronger and more stable. With former player and legend Kevin Nicholson at the helm as player-manager, expect a strong season from the Gulls.