Friday, May 27, 2022

England Hockey Premier Division: Top 6, bottom 6 or straight league?

Must Read

Hockey Paper staff
Hockey Paper staff
Latest breaking news, previews and match reports written by Hockey Paper staff

We sought the views of clubs in both halves of the split leagues in the men’s Premier Division. Tomorrow, we will publish verdicts from the women’s coaches

For the first time this season, we saw a split league at the Christmas break. There were also split views on whether the format was beneficial for top flight hockey or if the second half of the season created meaningless matches for some teams fighting for little more than points.

It is understood that the intention is to retain the mid-season split, which will now consist of Top 6 and Bottom 6 for next season with 12 clubs. England Hockey is currently in consultation with clubs as to how to make the mini leagues hold more interest, which could include end-of-season play-offs and a final decision is set to be announced before June 1.

Continue reading...

Access all our premium content from as little as 12p per day!

Already a subscriber to our website? Login

What do you think? Join our forum for free and keep the discussion going


  1. Top 6 – top 4 playoff for Europe.
    Bottom 6 – reset to zero with top 4 playing for plate championship via playoffs and bottom 2 relegated. Gives a level playing field all teams something to play for after Christmas. If you had reset this season and 2 teams had been related, Beeston would have gone down with Durham.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Final teams secure berths for men’s Hockey World Cup 2023

The 16 teams for the 2023 men's World Cup have now been confirmed following results at the ongoing Asia...

More Articles Like This