Investec Women's Hockey League Championship Tournament & European Qualification
There are two European places available for teams in the Investec Premier Division. At the end of the regular season the team finishing top of the Investec Premier Division will receive an automatic place in the women’s European Competition as England’s second ranked team.
The team winning the Championship tournament will be crowned Investec Women's Hockey League Champions and will be England’s first ranked team in European Competition for the subsequent season. If the team finishing top of the Investec Premier Division qualifies for the Championship final then the runners-up in that game will be England’s second ranked team in European Competition. Otherwise, only the winners of the final will qualify for European Competition.
What are the Investec Women's Hockey League Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs?
The play-offs are used to help determine which teams are promoted and relegated in the Investec Women's Hockey League. The winners of the three Investec Conferences (North, East and West) play off at the end of the season with the ninth placed team in the Investec Premier Division with two places in the top Divison up for grabs - the bottom team in the Investec Premier Division having automatically been relegated. The bottom (tenth placed) side in each Investec Conference will be relegated with a play off between the three ninth placed teams to determine who stays up and who is relegated. The top team in this play off stays up in their Investec Conference and the other two are relegated to their respective regional league. The five regional league winners will be promoted.
Investec Premier Division Play-Off Tournment
In the Investec Women's Hockey League Promotion Tournament the three winning Investec Conference sides join the team finishing in ninth place in the Investec Premier Division for a four team round robin tournament with the top two teams claiming Investec Premier Division places for the next season.
Investec Conference Play Offs
The three teams finishing in ninth place in the Investec Conferences will play off for survival. The winner of the three team round robin will stay up while the two other sides will be relegated to their respective regional league along with the three sides that finished bottom of the Investec Conferences. The play off matches will be played at home venues over three weekends with each team playing a home and away tie.