Oxford City boss Mark Jones has already started making changes to his squad after being handed a reduced budget for the next campaign.
The dust has barely settled on the 2017/18 season but skipper Lee Henderson and the influential Godfrey Poku are among those whose futures lie elsewhere.
Freddie Grant, Ezra Forde, Mamadou Fofana and Justin Bennett have also been released from the National League South club.
Craig King, Eddie Jones, Udoka Godwin Malife, Reece Fleet, Zac McEachran, Connor Stevens and top scorer Matt Paterson have been offered fresh terms.
Joe Oastler and Rob Sinclair will remain with the club having signed two-year deals when they joined the Hoops last summer.
Jones admitted making the decision to cut players for next year was ‘extremely tough’.
The manager, who steered City to safety as well as a history-making FA Cup run, made Henderson his captain when he was promoted as manager.
However, like Bennett, injuries scuppered their campaigns and the club felt they could not offer them longer deals.
Similarly, Fofana and Ezra were only peripheral figures and have been cut from the wage bill.
Grant said he needed a new challenge and was reluctant to commit to the club.
City’s midfield mountain Poku is based in London and looks set to sign for a team in the capital.
Speaking shortly after announcing the departures, Jones said: “I’d like to sincerely thank all of the players that have left the club.
“It’s never easy to say goodbye to people that you have worked closely with and that have contributed so well to the team over a period of time.”
He added: “I do also have to make savings, working with a reduced budget next season and need to build a balanced squad, so difficult decisions have to be made. These decisions aren’t easy ones, but as always I try to make them with the best interest of the club and team at heart.”