Your 2021/22 NIHL National fixtures are here!

July 21, 2021

As we mentioned last week, the key season dates are:

  • Pre-season fixtures (optional for teams): 4/5 September and 11/12 September
  • Cup: Friday 17th September to Sunday 10th October
  • League: Friday 15th October to Sunday 3rd April
  • Playoffs: 9/10 April, 16/17 April, 23/24 April
  • Coventry Finals Weekend: 31 April / 1st May

The cup competition begins with Leeds, Swindon, Basingstoke and MK at home on Saturday 18th, and Bees, Telford, Peterborough and Raiders at home on Sunday 19th.

The 9 team structure also sees the introduction of some Friday fixtures, which will be an exciting start to the weekend, as well as some mid-week matches which have aimed to align with school half terms as much as possible.

We are hugely excited by this next step towards the start of the season.  Check out the full fixture list here.

For team by team fixtures, please see here

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NIHL National 2021/22 Season Fixtures Almost Here

July 16, 2021

Following on from the announcement by Hull earlier this week that, due to ongoing repairs to the Hull Ice Arena, the Hull Pirates are unable to take their place in the NIHL National competition for the 2021/22 season, the NIHL National Owners Group would like to give thanks to Hull for everything they have done in trying to compete, and to place on record that Hull continues to be part of the NIHL National family, they will be missed, and we look forward to their return in the 2022/23 season when it arrives.

The Owners Group has now finalised the preliminary fixture list for the season, and revised structure to accommodate 9 teams.  The revised format will see a total of 28 home fixtures plus pre-season and playoffs.

The key details are:

  • The conference structure is removed for season 2021/22
  • Teams will play each other a total of 6 times (3 Home, 3 Away) for a total of 48 league fixtures
  • There will be a 9 team cup competition prior to the league (with teams playing each other either home or away, but not both)
  • A second cup competition will also run similar to 2019/20, where the first meetings of teams will also count towards cup points
  • Season Dates are:
    • Pre-season fixtures (optional for teams): 4/5 September and 11/12 September
    • Cup: Friday 17th September to Sunday 10th October
    • League: Friday 15th October to Sunday 3rd April
    • Playoffs: 9/10 April, 16/17 April, 23/24 April
    • Coventry Finals Weekend: 30th April / 1st May

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