WINSFORD United's hopes of an 'easier' promotion may depend on the outcome of a UniBond League dispute with the FA.
It is possible four clubs will go up from the North West Counties Football League to the UniBond, which will mean four vacancies in the First Division.
Winsford are currently second in the Second Division, but under pressure from at least two other clubs.
A restructuring of non-league football is due this summer, with the FA at first suggesting a 1-2-3-6 pyramid topped by the Conference followed by the Conference North and South, UniBond, Southern and Ryman Premiers each followed by two feeder divisions.
The UniBond League currently has only one.
All the leagues agreed to the switch only for the FA to suddenly change their minds and want the UniBond to remain with just one feeder division.
Several months of talks have ended in an impasse and now both sides have agreed upon mediation aiming for a quick decision.
Whatever the changes eventually are - they will almost certainly come into effect for next season.
UniBond League secretary Duncan Bayley said: 'The FA have not given us a convincing reason for their decision.
'The situation is the same now as it was before they changed their mind.'
The UniBond League want two First Divisions split between the North and the Midlands.
But the best the FA offered was to 'endeavour' to start another division in 2007-08.
Soho Square's U-turn seems purely logistical and involves the South West not having enough clubs to ensure an equable distribution if the UniBond League launched another division.
'It all reflects very badly on FA organisation,' said Bayley.
The UniBond League would not need 22 new applications if they were to run a new division because who plays where would be decided on a national basis.
The UniBond League say their argument is logical, fair and sensible. Moreover, the FA decision undermines the League and would have a detrimental impact on the future of football in the North.
The NWCFL, the Northern Counties East League and the Midland Football Alliance have all given their committed support to the 1-2-3-6 structure as have more than 100 clubs who have applied for promotion.
If the FA gets its way and Winsford, for instance, get to the top of NWCFL First Division they may well find themselves in the Southern League the following season.
'That would not make any sense whatsoever,' added Bayley.