Promotion and relegation in the Men's Hockey League is settled by a series of play offs.
Men's Hockey League Finals
Men's Hockey League Champions & European Qualification
At the end of the regular season the team finishing top of the Men's Hockey League Premier Division will receive an automatic place in the Euro Hockey League as England’s third ranked team. They can improve on this ranking, and compete to be crowned English Champions, in the Men's Hockey League Finals tournament.
The team winning the Men's Hockey League Finals tournament will be crowned Men's Hockey League Champions and will be England’s first ranked team in the Euro Hockey League for the subsequent season. The Men's Hockey League final runners-up will be England’s second ranked team in the Euro Hockey League. In the event that the team finishing top of the league at the end of the regular season qualifies for the final in the Men's Hockey League finals tournament the third place play-off determines England’s third ranked team to participate in the Euro Hockey League.
What are the Men's Hockey League Promotion & Relegation Play-Offs?
The play-offs are used to help determine which teams are promoted and relegated in the Men'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 Divison 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 top team in this play off stays up in the Men's Hockey League and the other two are relegated to their respective regional league. The five regional league winners will be promoted.
In the Play-Off Tournament the three winning Conference sides join the team finishing in ninth place in the Premier Division for a four team round robin tournament with the top two teams claiming Premier Division places for the next season.
Conference Relegation Play Offs
The three teams finishing in ninth place in the 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 Conferences. The play off matches will be played at home venues over three weekends with each team playing a home and away tie.