NIHL confirm key dates for new season
The league bosses worked on the calendar. During the last two weeks following the clubs' contribution to the section meetings, the following schedule was adopted.
The regular season in NIHL 1 and 2 begins on Saturday, September 7, while the NIHL National faces off for its inaugural campaign on Saturday, September 21.
In NIHL National, teams will wear light colors at home until Dec. 21, when they will trade and wear their dark colors at home. As usual, teams may differ from this, by agreement, for specific games.
The group stage of all cup competitions (one at home and one outside in a round robin format) should be completed no later than Sunday, December 22, date on which they will qualify for the respective knockout stages.
In NIHL North 1, dates were reserved for the Cup semi-finals on January 18 and 19 and the Cup finals on February 15 and 16. The Southern Cups 1 & 2 remain to be confirmed, but it is likely that the South Cup 1 will qualify for the final after the group stage.
The qualifying phase for the NIHL National Cup consists of the first league game between each team, and the Round of 16 will likely be the mid-week semifinals in January and the final in February.
As the calendar clicks until March 2020, then the focus is on the post-season and the NIHL championship series. Each respective division will have its own format for qualifying, but each division will end with a final weekend with two semi-finals and one final.
. The National Division of NIHL will have its eight best clubs in the regular season divided into two groups: the 1st, 4th, 5th, 8th of one group and the 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th of the other. These group games will take place on the weekends of March 28th and 29th, April 4th and 5th and April 11th and 12th.
The top-ranked teams from both series will qualify for the NIHL Final Four at the Skydome Arena in Coventry on the weekend of April 18th and 19th. This weekend will also include the NIHL 1 Championship game on Sunday between league champions North 1 (Moralee) and South 1 (Britton).
For the NIHL South 1 (Britton) clubs, the top eight teams in their league season will play quarter-finals on April 4-5. The respective winners will meet on the first weekend of the South 1 Final on April 11th.
In NIHL North 1 (Moralee), the top six teams after the regular season qualify for the playoffs, split into two groups of three teams (1st, 4th, 6th and 2nd, 3rd, 5th) playing weekend on March 21st. / 22, 28/29 and 4 April. The first two teams in each group will qualify for the NIHL 1 weekend on April 11 and 12.
It is hoped that one of the finals weekends of Division 1 will also include the NIHL2 Championship game featuring the league winners, Wilkinson and Laidler.
The NIHL South 2 (Wilkinson) teams will send their first eight playoff spots in the format similar to South 1. The finals of the two-legged quarterfinals will be held on March 28th and 29th. The winners will take their place in South. Weekend of April 2nd and 5th.
Finally, in NIHL North 2 (Laidler), the first four teams of the regular season will go straight to their 2 nd final weekend on April 4 and 5.
Clubs are invited to stage their weekend installations with submissions to NLMG as soon as possible. The league management, in collaboration with the clubs of each division, will make the final decision as to the adequacy of the sites before confirming that the event in question will take place. Some expressions of interest have already been received by the host.
There will also be a change in the definition of UK-trained players for the new NIHL season as a result of information provided by IHUK. The clubs were informed of the details at the meeting of their section and at a later clarification. The final text will be published with the 19/20 competition rules.