League in shake-up as England go global
THE National League is set for a complete overhaul as CEO Sally Munday confirmed that England Hockey are to put their hands up to host and participate in a new global tournament.
The International Hockey Federation’s yet-tobe-named home and away league will run between January and June every year and that is going to mean a re-draw for England’s premier domestic competition.
The alternative would be that national players could be unavailable for domestic duties during the second half of the traditional campaign.
Munday has been on the FIH’s working party drawing up plans for the new event, which is set to start in January 2019. However, the participating teams are going to be announced as early as June next year.
Invitations have been sent to the world’s top 16 nations asking for applications to host and Munday confirmed that England would be submitting their paperwork, while admitting there were major local obstacles to overcome.
She said: “We are really excited by it because it has real potential and we will certainly be submitting a registration of interest.
“It’s not without its challenges and it will have a major impact on our clubs and the domestic season but we think it is a fantastic opportunity for our players.”
The global tournament will replace the current World League series and Champions’ Trophy and the FIH say that between seven and nine nations will be invited to participate in each league.
A “specially selected FIH