The regional hockey league will change dramatically from the new season. For years, Central Bohemian clubs refused the participation of Praguers, but this year the opinion changed and Hvězda Praha expanded the competition to a total of 18 teams. These will be divided into three six-member groups, North, South and East.
In addition to the current sixteen participants in the competition, Řisuty, who descended from II. league, so the union changed the model. The Řisuts were saved in the end, but the place in Prague was already offered, so no further change took place. And instead of Řisut, the béčko Benátek nad Jizerou will jump.
Each team will play two matches with teams from their own group and one match with teams from other groups (by lot at home or away). This will maintain the number of 22 matches in the basic part.
The winners of the group will advance directly to the quarterfinals and will be completed by the best team from the second places. The preliminary round will play the eight best teams according to the mini-tables composed of teams placed in all of them in all in second to fifth place (except for what will advance directly to the quarterfinals). This will preserve the possibility of advancing more teams from a possible stronger group.
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The barrage was also modified. The last team from each group will play the “Playoff Group”. In it, everyone competes with everyone, with the results from the basic group being taken into account. The last team from this group will then compete with the winner of the Regional Competition for two winning matches for the right to participate in the next year.
The start of the league is scheduled for the weekend of September 10 – 11, the new winner will be known no later than March 19, 2023.
Division of regional hockey league groups for the season 2022/23
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