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29 Jun 2022

Competition details confirmed for 2022/2023 All-Ireland League season

Competition details confirmed for 2022/2023 All-Ireland League season

The 2022/2023 Men's Energia All-Ireland League season will begin on October 1 with the Women's competition kicking off on September 10

THE IRFU has confirmed that Round 1 of the 2022/2023 men's Energia All-Ireland League season will commence on October 1 with the women's competition kicking off on the weekend of September 10.

The IRFU Rugby Committee agreed the season format following forums with both AIL Men’s Division Clubs and AIL Women’s Division Clubs, which took place in May.

A fixture list is set to be distributed to all clubs in July 2022.

The Men’s Division of the Energia All-Ireland League will continue with an 18-game regular season for all 50 teams across five divisions. This is the preferred format as stated by clubs at the most recent AIL Men’s Division Forum meeting.

It is also intended to reinitiate an Ireland Club XV in 2022/23 with a Club International Series to take place in March 2023.

IRFU Director of Rugby Development Colin McEntee commented: “Following feedback from our meeting with clubs, the IRFU Rugby Committee will look at reverting to pre-covid promotion and relegation formats with up to two teams being promoted or relegated to/from each division.  

The clubs have also stated a clear preference that games and competitions featuring Men’s Provincial ‘A’ sides should have a minimal impact on player availability in the Energia All-Ireland League. The IRFU are in ongoing discussions with all stakeholders with a view to facilitating greater alignment between clubs and provinces.”

There will be a change to the promotion playoff format for entry into the Energia All-Ireland League Men’s Division. The four winning teams from the provincial qualifying leagues will be entered into an open draw and semi-finals will be played at a neutral venue.

The winning semi-finalists will then play in a single leg play-off final at a neutral venue for a place in Men’s Division 2C of the Energia All-Ireland League.

The team that loses the playoff final will then enter into a single-leg promotion/relegation playoff final against the team that finishes 9th in Men’s Division 2C (The 10th placed team is automatically relegated).

While this format retains the opportunity for two junior teams to achieve senior status, it also creates an extra week in the fixture calendar for provincial junior competitions.

The Energia All-Ireland League Women’s Division will continue in its extended format with 10 teams participating. This will mark the second season of this format with no relegation taking place, however teams will be able to qualify for the Women’s Division from 2023/24 onwards.

For one season only, the Energia All-Ireland League Women’s Division competition will take place between September and December, across nine regular season games with semi-finals for the top four sides and a final to be played on the weekend of December 10th.

The eight other teams will all play a final classification game on this weekend. The league will run across four blocks – the 9-game regular season will take place across three blocks of three games with a week in-between, with another break before the playoff games.

Clubs have stated a clear preference for an 18-game regular season with fixtures mirrored in the second half of the season. In order to facilitate this, the Energia All-Ireland Cup competition will be modified for this season. It will be open to senior teams only and expanded to a multi-round format with games held between January and April 2023.

KEY DATES:

Energia All-Ireland League Men’s Bateman Cup 2022/23:

Semi-Finals: W/E of January 7th 2023

Final: W/E of February 4th 2023

Energia All-Ireland Men’s Junior Cup 2022/23:

Round of 16: W/E of October 29th 2022

Quarter-Finals: W/E of November 19th 2022

Semi-Finals: W/E of December 17th 2022

Final: W/E of January 28th 2023

Energia All-Ireland League Men’s Division 2022/23:

Round 01: W/E of October 1st 2022

Round 02: W/E of October 8th 2022

Round 03: W/E of October 15th 2022

Round 04: W/E of October 29th 2022

Round 05: W/E of November 5th 2022

Round 06: W/E of November 12th 2022

Round 07: W/E of November 26th 2022

Round 08: W/E of December 3rd 2022

Round 09: W/E of December 10th 2022

Round 10: W/E of January 14th 2023

Round 11: W/E of January 21st 2023

Round 12: W/E of January 28th 2023

Round 13: W/E of February 18th 2023

Round 14: W/E of February 25th 2023

Round 15: W/E of March 4th 2023

Round 16: W/E of March 25th 2023

Round 17: W/E of April 1st 2023

Round 18: W/E of April 15th 2023

Play-Off Semi-Finals: W/E of April 22nd 2023

Play-Off Finals: W/E of May 6th 2023

Energia All-Ireland Women’s Junior Cup 2022/23:

Quarter-Finals: W/E Of January 21st

Semi-Finals: W/E of February 18th

Final: W/E of March 18th

Energia All-Ireland League Men’s Division Promotion Playoffs 2022/23:

Semi-Finals: April 1st 2023

Final: April 15th 2023

Promotion/Relegation Playoff: April 29th 2023

Energia All-Ireland League Women’s Division 2022/23

Round 1: W/E of September 10th 2022

Round 2: W/E of September 17th 2022

Round 3: W/E of September 24th 2022

Round 4: W/E of October 8th 2022

Round 5: W/E of October 15th 2022

Round 6: W/E of October 22nd 2022

Round 7: W/E of November 5th 2022

Round 8: W/E of November 12th 2022

Round 9: W/E of November 19th 2022

Semi-finals: (top four teams): W/E of December 3rd

Finals and Classification Playoff Finals (all teams): W/E of December 10th

Vodafone Senior Women’s Interprovincial Championships 2022/23:

Round 1: W/E of January 21st 2023

Round 2: W/E of January 28th 2023

Round 3: W/E of February 11th 2023

Round 4: W/E of February 18th 2023

One-Off Energia All-Ireland League Women’s Division Cup Competition 2022/23:

Round 1: W/E of January 7th 2023

Round 2: W/E of January 14th 2023

Round 3: W/E of February 4th 2023

Round 4: W/E of February 25th 2023

Round 5: W/E of March 4th 2023

Round 6: W/E of March 11th 2023

Round 7: W/E of March 25th 2023

Round 8: W/E of April 1st 2023

Round 9: W/E of April 9th 2023

Finals (All teams) Weekend of April 15th

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