England Retains Three Euro Hockey League Places

Following completion of Euro Hockey League Rounds 2 and 3 (KO16) in Hamburg, and the EuroHockey Club Trophy tournament (M) in Dublin earlier this month, the current Euro Hockey League Ranking Table has been updated.

The good news is that despite there being no English representatives among the final four in the Euro Hockey League England has retained its third place ranking within the Euro Hockey League Ranking Table.  As a result, there will once again be three English sides in the Euro Hockey League next season.

The table is calculated using results from Club Championships, Cup Winners Cup and Euro Hockey League over the last three years, with points awarded to each Nation and then divided by the number of clubs participating from that nation for comparison.  However, in order to reflect current performance, results from the 2007 Club Championships and Cup Winners Cups are discounted to 25%, results from EHL and Club Trophy in 2008 are discounted by 50% and results from 2009 are awarded 100% points.  Details of points awarded can be found in the appropriate competition regulations on the European Hockey Federation website.

The final EHL Ranking Table, together with a list of teams qualifying for the EuroHockey Club Trophy and Challenge tournaments will be published in early June after completion of the Euro Hockey League Finals and all 2009 EuroHockey club tournaments.

The only teams still able to earn points towards the final 2008-09 Euro Hockey League Ranking Table are the four semi-finalists - HC Rotterdam and HC Bloemendaal (NED), KHC Leuven (BEL) and current EHL Champions, UHC Hamburg (GER).  For the first time in Euro Hockey League history, it is possible that the top four could change after the Finals weekend.  If Leuven continue their current form and win Euro Hockey League, and UHC Hamburg lose both their final matches, Belgium will take over the fourth place in the Ranking Table from Germany.

In the middle order, Ireland have moved up from tenth to seventh place, which now gives them two Euro Hockey League places in next year's competition.  This has been at the expense of Scotland who drop from eighth to tentth following both Scottish teams' Round 1 in this year's Euro Hockey League.

At the lower end, Switzerland will be represented in next year's Euro Hockey League following their success in the 2009 Club Trophy at the expense of Ukraine, whose club's poor performance in the same tournament has dropped them out of next year’s competition.

England's Euro Hockey League representatives in 2009-10 will be East Grinstead, Reading and Beeston after their finished as the top three in the Slazenger England Hockey League this season.  It will be Beeston's first appearance in the new look Euro Hockey League competition.