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League Structure

The League has grown from its inception as a South County Divisional 1st XI league through to a single open hierachical structure promoting its top team to the National League. Along the way separate pyramids were added for 1st, 2nd and 3rd (then Open) XIs and then merged to form the structure as it is today.

Key Dates

1972-1973 The League is formed with separate divisions for each of the South Counties, Kent, Hampshire, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex and combined divisions for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

1973-1974 Regional divisions added - Hampshire & Surrey, Kent & Sussex and Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire - with promotion from County to Regional.

1983-1984 Premier division added - formed of the top teams from the three Regional divisions, thus completing the pyramid.

1988-1989 National League formed - top six Premier teams join. 2nd XI League started - for 2nd XI teams of Clubs whose 1st XI play in the National League or South 1st XI Premier.

1990-1991 3rd XI League started - for 3rd XI teams of Clubs whose 1st XI team plays in the National League or South 1st XI Premier. 2nd XI League extended to Regional and County divisions for 2nd XI teams South Clubs whose 1st XI play in the National League or South Hockey League.

1992-1993 Promotion to National League reduced to the five Regions [East, Midlands, North, South and West] 1st XI Champions - parallel 1st XI Premier Divisions to accomodate transfer of 1st XI teams from London League.

1993-1994 3rd XI League extended to Regional divisions and 3rd XI teams of Clubs whose 2nd XI team plays in the South Hockey League.

1996-1997 3rd XI League becomes Open to 3rd XI and lower teams of Clubs whose 2nd XI team plays in the South Hockey League. Promotion to the Regional divisions is by agreement to the respective County Open Leagues.

2004-2005 Open League is formed by the merger of the 2nd XI and Open [3rd XI] League pyramids. Promotion to the County divisions from the respective County Open Leagues.

2009-2010 Open League structure is extended with the merger of the 1st XI and Open Leagues into a single pyramid. Promotion to the County divisions from the respective County Open Leagues.

League Division IDs

The following is a complete list of all League IDs, current (highlighted) and historical, and the seasons for which they are valid - read in conjuction with the Bookmarks & Links page to understand their combined use.

No ID League Division Season
 
01. prem11 Premier Division 1 [1st XI] 1983-2017
Truman Day Playoff 1972-1983
02. prem12 Premier Division 2 1999-2017
1st XI Premier Division B 1992-1993
03. prem21 2nd XI Premier Division 1 1988-2004
04. prem22 2nd XI Premier Division 2 1988-2004
05. premo1 Open Premier Division 1 1996-2009
prem31 3rd XI Premier 1990-1996
06. premo2 Open Premier Division 2 1996-2009
 
07. hansur1r Hampshire/Surrey Regional 1 1973-2017
08. hansur2r Hampshire/Surrey Regional 2 2009-2017
2nd XI Hampshire/Surrey Regional 1990-2004
hansuror Open Hampshire/Surrey Regional 2004-2009
09. hants11 Hampshire Area Division 1 1972-2017
10. hants12 Hampshire Area Division 2 1972-2017
11. hantso1 Open Hampshire Area Division 1 2004-2009
hants21 2nd XI Hampshire Area Division 1 1990-2004
12. hantso2 Open Hampshire Area Division 2 2004-2009
hants22 2nd XI Hampshire Area Division 2 1990-2004
13. surrey11 Surrey Area Division 1 1972-2017
14. surrey12 Surrey Area Division 2 1972-2017
15. surreyo1 Open Surrey Area Division 1 2004-2009
surrey21 2nd XI Surrey Area Division 1 1990-2004
28. surrey22 2nd XI Surrey Area Division 2 1990-1997
33. hants13 Hampshire Area Division 3 2009-2017
34. hants14 Hampshire Area Division 4 2009-2017
35. surrey13 Surrey Area Division 3 2009-2017
 
16. kensus1r Kent/Sussex Regional 1 1973-2017
17. kensus2r 2nd XI Kent/Sussex Regional 1990-2004
18. kensus2r Kent/Sussex Regional 2 2009-2017
kensusor Open Kent/Sussex Regional 1996-2009
kensus3r 3rd XI Kent/Sussex Regional 1993-1996
19. kensus11 1st XI Kent/Sussex Division 1 1999-2009
20. kent11 Kent Area Division 1 2009-2017
1st XI Kent Area Division 1 1972-2004
30. kent21 2nd XI Kent Area Division 1 1990-2001
31. kensuso1 Open Kent/Sussex Division 1 2004-2009
36. kent12 Kent Area Division 2 2009-2017
1st XI Kent Area Division 2 1972-1999
37. sussex11 Sussex Area Division 1 2009-2017
1st XI Sussex Area Division 1 1972-1999
40. kent13 1st XI Kent Area Division 3 1972-1986
kent22 2nd XI Kent Area Division 2 1990-1998
41. sussex21 2nd XI Sussex Area Division 1 1990-1995
42. sussex12 Sussex Area Division 2 1972-1994
60. kent14 1st XI Kent Area Division 1 1972-1975
 
21. mbbo1r Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Regional 1 1973-2017
22. mbbo2r 2nd XI Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Regional 1990-2004
23. mbbo2r Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Regional 2 2009-2017
mbboor Open Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Regional 1996-2009
mbbo3r 3rd XI Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Regional 1993-1996
24. mbbo11 Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 1 1985-2017
bbox11 Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 1 1972-1985
25. mbbo12 Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 2 1985-2017
bbox12 Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 2 1972-1985
26. mbboo1 Open Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 1 2004-2009
mbbo21 2nd Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 1 1990-2004
27. mbboo2 Open Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 2 2004-2009
mbbo22 2nd Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 2 1990-2004
29. mbbo13 Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 3 2009-2017
1st XI Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 3 1999-2001
1989-1995
bbox13 Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 3 1976-1982
1972-1975
32. mbboo3 Open Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 3 2004-2009
38. mbbo14 Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 4 2009-2017
mddx11 Middlesex Area Division 1 1972-1989
39. mbbo15 Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 5 2009-2017
mddx12 Middlesex Area Division 2 1972-1988
53. mddx13 Middlesex Area Division 3 1980-1983
1972-1975
 
43. hantso3 Hampshire Open League Division 3 2004-2007
44. hantso4 Hampshire Open League Division 4 2004-2007
45. hantso5 Hampshire Open League Division 5 2004-2007
46. hantso6 Hampshire Open League Division 6 2004-2007
47. hantso7 Hampshire Open League Division 7 2004-2007
48. hantso8 Hampshire Open League Division 8 2004-2007
 
54. mbboo6 MBBO Open League Division 6 2009-2017
mbboo4 MBBO Open League Division 4 2007-2009
55. mbboo7 MBBO Open League Division 7 2009-2017
mbboo5 MBBO Open League Division 5 2007-2009
56. mbboo8w MBBO Open League Division 8 West 2015-2017
mbboo8 MBBO Open League Division 8 2009-2015
mbboo6 MBBO Open League Division 6 2007-2009
57. mbboo8e MBBO Open League Division 8 East 2015-2017
mbboo9 MBBO Open League Division 9 2009-2015
mbboo7 MBBO Open League Division 7 2007-2009
58. mbboo9 MBBO Open League Division 9 2016-2017
mbboo10w MBBO Open League Division 10 West 2009-2016
mbboo8w MBBO Open League Division 8 West 2007-2009
59. mbboo10e MBBO Open League Division 10 East 2009-2016
mbboo8e MBBO Open League Division 8 East 2007-2009

The League No. is for backward compatibility only, the League ID should be used in all links going forward.