SAVUSAVU finished bottom of the Fiji Sun/GP Batteries National Football League points table following 1-3 loss to Nadroga at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday.
The northerners will play promotion/relegation series if the proposed eight team format for next year's NFL fails at the Fiji Football Association Annual General Meeting next month.
Savusavu ended their campaign at the tail end of the competition with nine points while Tavua, despite their 0-1 loss to Navua at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday, managed to finish on the second last position with 11 points.
Pranil Chand scored Navua's win in the 63rd minute.
Navua, which lingered around the bottom two places throughout the season managed to finish higher on the seventh spot with 16 points.
Last year's Court Inter District Championship winners Labasa probably recorded the worst finish on eight spot with 15 points following two losses over the weekend.
The Babasiga Lions lost to Lautoka 0-2 on Friday before 1-2 beating from Suva yesterday.
Navua Football president Gopal Naidu said the seventh place finish was a big boost for the side ahead of the IDC in Ba from October 10. He said their aim was to survive the competition this year and set a better platform for the upcoming season.
"It's (avoiding the last place finish) an advantage for us and definitely a morale booster for the team in the IDC," Naidu said.
"We told the boys this is not the end and we will regroup again on Tuesday to start our preparation for the IDC.
"We are not going there to win but expose some new players who can lead the team next season."
Fiji FA competitions manager Jainendra Sukhu said adverse weather conditions and national team commitments led to the delaying of the league competition.
"We were supposed to finish by August but we were delayed by four weeks," he said.
"But we are happy with the way the districts cooperated to help in the running of the national league."