Play-offs


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Investec Women’s Hockey League Champions & European Qualification

At the end of the regular season the team finishing top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division will receive an automatic place in the EuroHockey Club Championships as England’s second ranked team.  They can improve on this ranking, and compete to be crowned English Champions, in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Finals tournament. 

The team winning the Investec Women’s Hockey League Final will be crowned Investec Women’s Hockey League Champions and will be England’s first ranked team in the EuroHockey Club Championships for the subsequent season. In the event that the team finishing top of the league at the end of the regular season also wins the Final, the runners-up in the Final will be England’s second ranked team in the EuroHockey Club Championships.


What are the Investec Women’s Hockey League 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 Conferences (North, East and West) play off at the end of the season with the ninth placed team in the Premier Division with two places in the top Division up for grabs - the bottom team in the Premier Division having automatically been relegated. 

The bottom (tenth placed) side in each Conference will be relegated with a play off between the three ninth placed teams to determine who stays up and who is relegated. The play off matches will be played at home venues over three weekends with each team playing a home and away tie. The top team in this play off stays up in the Investec Women’s Hockey League 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.