SEVERAL rules regarding next month's National League North play-offs have been revealed by York City's promotion rivals Brackley Town.

Since the play-offs were announced as taking place in the National League's three divisions after its Ordinary Resolution was passed, there have been plenty of questions surrounding the specific aspects of the game, including signing players, loan players and substitutions.

According to Brackley statement, "the rules specify that only players who were eligible on 16 March can play," with the Saints adding that "this is of course only fair, preventing teams signing on players solely for the play-offs."

The situation regarding loan players remains unclear and will be of particular note to York who had strikers Jake Wright and Wes York out on loan at Boston United and Brackley Town respectively when the season was suspended back in early March.

"The status of loan players is not entirely clear and is being taken up with the league," said Brackley.

On the other rules changes for the play-offs, they added: "Several temporary rule changes have been announced for the play-offs.

"These include allowing an extra substitution from a larger bench and the inclusion of water breaks at the halfway point in each half.

"The referee also has discretion to allow further breaks in play if the weather conditions require it.

"A further requirement for these matches to proceed is that the areas around grounds themselves are spectator-free.

"We understand that supporters will want to follow the action and we hope soon to be in a position to announce what broadcast arrangements will be in place."