THE Vanarama National League have confirmed a number of rules regarding the play-offs, which begin tonight.

Rule alterations regarding drinks breaks, substitutes and extra-time had been widely reported for some time but were only today officially announced by the league.

In line with the measures brought in to the Premier League and the SkyBet Championship upon its restart, there will be drinks breaks midway through the first and second half of matches which will last no longer than a minute.

Similarly to the top two divisions, the number of substitutes has been increased from three to five with managers able to name up to six substitutes on their team sheets.

Teams will have a maximum of three opportunities during the match to make changes to their personnel.

They will also have an additional opportunity during the half-time break.

Extra-time has also been removed from matches. Should the scores finish level at the end of the 90 minutes, a penalty shootout will determine the winners.

Elsewhere, the National League have confirmed that the FA Council have ratified the Ordinary Resolution, thus officially confirming the play-offs will go ahead.

Also, in another move that makes York City’s path to promotion, AFC Fylde have confirmed that they will not contest the decision to relegate them from the National League.

The club had been exploring legal action to overturn to the decision to send them down on points-per-game, but have now accepted that they will be in the National League North next term.

Meanwhile, York have revealed that they will wear their commemorative maroon shirt for their play-off semi-final on Saturday, July 25.