Inter-Pro Player Development & Competitions 2021-22

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Hockey Ireland’s High Performance Committee and Inter-Pro Working Group have outlined their updated player development programmes and competitions for the 2021-22 season.

The overall format of interprovincial competition is changing from a weekend competition to matches spread throughout the season, culminating in a final at season end. The new format will see no overnight stays for any team.

A revised Player Pathway/Hooked For Life training and development curriculum will be followed by each province.

  • National coaches will be actively engaged with the provinces
    • Outlining required curriculum
    • Visiting training on a regular basis
    • Attending competition matches
  • National panel players will be training with their provincial panels as part of a move to regionalise their programmes
    • Some modifications for U21Gs who have international competitions during the season and already have an extensive development squad 
  • Training panels in the province to include
    • a competition panel:  typically players born in the 2nd year of eligibility
    • a development panel: typically players born in the 1st year of eligibility

The competition age groups for 2021-22 are as follows:


2021-22 2022-23 Intl Age
01-Jan mid season
2008 2009 U14
2007 2008 U16
2006 2007
2005 2006 U18
2004 2005
2003 2004 U21
2002 2003
2001 2002
2000 2001 National Development Squad
1999 2000
1998 1999

Player Pathway / Hooked for Life