Until the 2007-2008 season European outdoor club competition was arranged into two tournaments, the Club Champions Cup and the Cup Winners Cup. Each tournament took place over an extended weekend of four days and consisted of eight teams playing in two pools, with the winners of each pool playing off to decide the final winner. Similar competitions existed for both men’s and women’s hockey. Both the Club Champions and Cup Winners tournaments had Trophy and Challenge tournaments beneath them, with promotion and relegation between all three.
2007-2008 saw the first season of the EuroHockey League. The new league consists of 24 club sides from Europe’s top hockey playing nations.
Women have their own European club competition which starts in 2010. You can find more information about this on this page.
So how does the EuroHockey League work? Each nation is ranked according to its performance in past European outdoor club competitions using a points system, and a number of places in the league are allocated accordingly. There is an on-going system of promotion and relegation to the league, with clubs being promoted from or relegated to a Trophy competition. England has traditionally done well (Cannock and Reading won silver in the old European Club Competitions and Cannock, Loughborough Students, Reading, East Grinstead and Beeston have all have progressed through to the knock out rounds of the EuroHockey League) and so we are allocated three places, along with Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. The remaining twelve places will be divided between nine other nations.
Round One involves the twenty-four teams in eight pools of three. Each team plays the other two members of their pool once and the team finishing bottom of each pool is eliminated. Round One is usually split between two venues and on different dates.
Rounds Two and Three are knock-out rounds and takes place over the Easter weekend. Round Two will see the sixteen survivors from Round One reduced to eight. Round Three will see the remaining eight further reduced to four.
Rounds Four and Five are again knock-out rounds and will be played between the survivors of Round Three. Round Four will be the semi-final round. Round Five consist of the finals and third/fourth place play-offs. These rounds will be played at a single venue.
How does the EuroHockey League Work?
No – it’s not a directive from Brussels. The European Hockey Federation has taken the bold step of tinkering with the rules of hockey to make the game more attractive to television and stop some of the time wasting that had become prevalent. Below is a summary of the rule changes – and do remember that these only apply to the EuroHockey League, although in the past some have been adopted into the main Rules of Hockey and others are being used on an experimental basis in some competitions and tournaments.
THERE HAVE BEEN SOME FURTHER CHANGES FOR 2009-2010
• Matches will be played in four quarters with the teams changing ends at half time (ie after the second quarter). The duration of the breaks after the first and third quarter will be 2.5 minutes, with the half time break being 7.5 minutes.
• A player who breaks the line early at a penalty corner may be banished to the halfway line. Although he can be replaced by another player (but not a substitute from the bench), defending corners is now a specialist role in top-class hockey and the loss of a defender should discourage players from breaking early. A similar penalty will allow the attacker injecting the ball to be removed to the halfway line.
• The umpire will allow not less than 45 seconds from the time the penalty corner is awarded to the time the ball is injected. (This is to allow for TV replays). This rule does not apply to the re-take of a penalty corner or the award of any second corner whilst the corner is in progress.
• A green card will now carry a two minute period of suspension. For a second green card the period of suspension will be doubled.
• Each team will be allowed one referral to the video umpire in each half of the match. This can be for an incident anywhere on the pitch.
• For a goal to be scored the ball must first be played in the ‘D’ by a player of either side.
In Round Two (knock-out stages) onwards:
• In the event that the match finishes on a draw in normal time, the match will be decided by a silver goal in which the teams play five minutes of extra time. If the teams are still level after the first period of extra time, a second five minute period of extra time will be played. In the event that the match remains drawn at the end of two periods of extra time, it will be decided by a one-on-one penalty shoot-out as described below.
• The one-on-one penalty shoot-out will take place in the event that the two teams remain level after silver goal extra time. Each team will nominate three players to take part in the shoot-out. The defending goalkeeper will start from his own goal line and the attacker from the 23 metre (25 yard) line. The attacker will have eight seconds to score a goal. If the goalkeeper commits a foul, a goal is awarded. If the attacker commits a foul or does not score within eight seconds, no goal is awarded. If the teams are still equal after the first series of three, the shoot-out will then go to sudden death, using the same three players.
EuroHockey League umpires are in touch with each other by radio during the match. When they receive an appeal for a video referral they can use their radios to communicate the appeal to the video umpire (below)
Welcome to our EuroHockey page.
Information about the EuroHockey League and Women’s Club Champions Cup
Reading and Atletic Terrassa progress to Round 2.
Barcelona and Waterloo Ducks progress to Round 2.
Pembroke Wanderers and Rotterdam progress to Round 2.
UHC Hamburg and Grunwald Poznan progress to Round 2
Cub an der Alster and Bloemendaal progress to Round 2
East Grinstead and Amsterdam progress to Round 2
Club Egara and Rot Weiss Koln progress to Round 2
Beeston and Leuven progress to Round 2
ROUNDS TWO AND THREE (KO16)
To be held at Rotterdam Hockey Club during 2-5 April 2010. All matches from this stage are knock out.
Teams to be determined by outcome of Round 2
Teams to be determined by outcome of Round 2
WOMEN’S CLUB CHAMPIONS CUP
This is a revised version of this long standing competition, which has replaced both the old Club Champions Cup and the Cup Winners Cup.
The competition shares some of the format of the EuroHockey League including the rules variations. Round 1 consists of pools of three teams from which one is eliminated. However, the women’s competition is on a much smaller scale and whereas there are eight pools in the men’s competition, the women’s only has four. The difference has little to do with any prejudice against women’s hockey by the European Hockey Federation – it is simply down to cash. Sponsorship required to match the men’s competition is simply not available for women’s hockey at the present time.
Rounds 1 and 2 will take place at the Berliner Hockey Club during 2-4 April 2010. Two English and one Scottish club have qualified.
POOL A: Amsterdam (Netherlands), Olton & West Warwicks (England), Volga Telecom (Russia).
POOL B: UHC Hamburg (Germany), RC Polo de Barcelona (Spain), Grove (Scotland).
POOL C: Club de Campo de Madrid (Spain), Berliner (Germany), Sumchanka (Ukraine).
POOL D: Bowdon Hightown (England), Den Bosch (Netherlands) , Atasport (Azerbaijan).
The bottom team in each pool is eliminated.
Round 2 take place at the same venue on Monday 5 April to decide the four teams to go through to the semi finals.