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12th January 2022

New structure and fixtures announced for men’s and women’s handball leagues

Brand new structures for some of England Handball’s top national and regional leagues have been announced.  

As we get ready for more handball in 2022, the teams qualifying for the Men’s National and Regional Leagues, and the Women’s Regional Leagues from January have been decided. 

With the first stage of the season now near an end, England Handball has confirmed that the teams qualifying for the Men’s National League are:      

Liverpool

Coventry

Chelsea

Oxford

Brighton

Manchester

Bucks Bullets

Bishop Stortford  

It has been formed from the six winners of the old regional leagues - plus the two best second place finishers.

The winners of the National League will gain automatic promotion to the Premier Handball League, with the second placed team entering a play-off for promotion with the seventh placed finisher from the league above. 

The remaining teams from the North, Midlands, South West and South East leagues have formed three new regional leagues: North, South 1 and South 2 – and fixtures can be viewed here

Here's how the structure of the men's leagues has changed:

Similar changes to the women’s Regional Leagues have also been made, as well as to the fixture list. 

Teams in the divisions below the Premier Handball League will now compete in three regional leagues – the North, South 1 and South 2. 

South 1 has been formed from the top three South East and top two South West teams from the old format, with the remainder going into South 2.

The winners of the North and South 1 Leagues will progress to the play-offs for a chance of promotion to the Premier Handball League.

Here's how the structure of the women's leagues has changed:

Fixtures can be viewed here

England Handball would like to wish all clubs the best of luck for the remainder of the season.

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