THE Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) will start on Sept 1, and the Premier Division would be limited to six teams as the parent body look for quality matches.
The MHL will only run for 40 days, with the final slated for Oct 10. The format would be home-and away, while the semi- finals will be a two leg affair.
These were some of the decisions taken by the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHF) Technical Committee.
“It would be a short league, as we have to accommodate the Razak Cup, Sultan of Johor Cup and the Champions Challenge I as well,” said MHC secretary Johari Aziz.
The Razak Cup would be held on Oct 14-23, followed by the Sultan of Johor Cup on Nov 8-18 and then the Champions Challenge I in Argentina on Nov 24-Dec 2.
“National players, seniors and juniors, would be released to play for their states in the Razak Cup after which they will regroup for the Sultan of Johor Cup and the CC I,” said Johari.
The MHL will be a major change this year, with the TNB Cup only for Premier Division teams, and there would be no promotion for the Division One sides to play in the knock-out overall stage.
“This is because many teams, like Armed Forces and UiTM do not want to play in the Premier Division after they received a drubbing last season.
“So, the TNB Cup will only be for Premier Division sides, while another trophy would be made available for the Division One Overall title,” said Johari.
The Division One is expected to receive more than 10 entries, and so would be held on a league basis.
Meanwhile, Yayasan Negri Sembilan will not compete in the MHL this season, as Negri officials want to use the RM500,000 to develop their grassroot leagues rather than spend it in the Premier Division.