Friday, April 19, 2024

Midweek matches, more teams, greater prize money form plan to reboot Euro Hockey League

A major proposal has been handed to Euro Hockey League (EHL) officials to reboot the current format of the continent’s top club tournament. If plans are implemented it would bring together the top 24 men’s teams and top 12 women’s side across Europe, yield more money for competing sides and, in an unprecedented move, see hockey mirror football’s Champions League by staging knockout matches on Tuesdays.

In a new format presentation, seen by The Hockey Paper, the proposal from Origin Sports Group, the events management specialists, aims to have no conflict with the FIH Pro League, with an expanded promotional and marketing budget to “future-proof and grow EHL” while it would also flex its muscle by underwriting an expanded competition over a minimum term of seven years.

Origin first approached EHL chiefs in November 2020 before a further proposal was made.

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