Play-Offs

Play-offs, final placings and points per game determine who is promoted, relegated, qualifies for Europe and crowned champions in the Men's Hockey League.

Premier Division Championships Play-offs 
The EHL teams finishing from 1st to 4th at the end of the EHL regular season will qualify for the England Hockey League Championships. 

The format of the EHLCs will be as follows:
  • Match 1 - 1st v 4th
  • Match 2 - 2nd v 3rd
  • Match 3 - Loser Match 1 v Loser Match 2 (only played if required)
  • Match 4 - Winner Match 1 v Winner Match 2.  The winner of Match 4 shall be the EHL Champions
Matches 1 and 2 will each be played at the home venue of the first named EHL teams with Match 4 (and 3 if required) at a neutral venue as specified by England Hockey. If the scores are level at the end of full time in any match in the England Hockey League Championships, the outcome of that match shall be determined by a shoot-out competition. 

The team that comes top of the EHL at the end of the regular season shall qualify for England Hockey's 2nd European club place the following season. The team who wins the Championships shall be England's highest ranked qualifier. If these are the same team then the runner up in Championships will take he 2nd European place. 

Premier and Division One
The EHL team finishing 10th in the Premier Division will be relegated to Division One for the following season.

The EHL team finishing ninth in the Premier Division will participate in the IWHL and MHL 
Promotion Tournaments.

The EHL teams finishing first in Division One North & Division One South will participate in the EHL Promotion Tournaments.

EHL Promotion Tournaments
  • Match 1 - The Division One North & Division One South winners will play off at a neutral venue to be determined and the winner of that match will be promoted to the Premier Division for the following season
  • Matches 2 & 3 - The loser of Match 1 will play the ninth-placed team in the Premier Division twice, on a home and away basis with the aggregate score from the two matches determining the winner who will be then play in the Premier Division for the following season. In the event of a tied aggregate score, away goals will precedence over home goals
The aggregate loser of Matches 2 and 3 will play in Division One in the following season.
Matches in the EHL Promotion Tournaments will be played at venues, dates and times set by England Hockey.

Division One and Conferences
The two tenth-placed EHL teams in Division One North & Division One South shall be relegated to the Conferences for the following season.

The ninth-placed EHL team in Division One North & Division One South with the highest number of points (or % of points per game played if teams have played an unequal number of matches) shall retain its position in Division One for the following season. The other ninth-placed EHL team shall be relegated to the Conferences for the following season.

In the event of equality of points of the 9th placed EHL teams described in Regulation 5.3.2.2 above, ranking shall be determined by each of the following in order:
  • Highest number of matches won.
  • Highest goal difference. 
  • Highest number of goals scored. 
  • If teams are still equal a play-off will be arranged.  
The teams finishing first in the Conferences will be promoted to Division One for the following season.

Conferences & Regional Leagues
The three tenth-placed EHL teams in the Conferences shall be relegated to the Regional Leagues for the following season.

The ninth-placed EHL team in the Conferences with the highest number of points (or % of points per game played if teams have played an unequal number of matches) shall retain its position in the Conferences for the following season.  The other two ninth-placed EHL teams shall be relegated to the Regional Leagues for the following season.

In the event of equality of points of the 9th placed EHL teams, ranking shall be determined as outlined above.

The five Regional Premier Division winners will be promoted to the Conferences for the following season.