Following the cancellation of the last two PSL seasons and the short-form PSL Cup of earlier this year, the Premier Squash League is set for a full return this October for the 2022/23 season.
As in previous seasons there will be 10 (or more) teams split into North and South divisions, with the top two finishers in each division advancing to the semi-finals.
Teams will comprise four players, two men and two women, with at least one from the home country of their club.
Matches will be on Tuesdays with a 7pm start, each match being best of five PAR scoring to 11 played on one court.
Applications are now open (full details below), with clubs wishing to participate needing to get their applications in by 5th September, and matches commencing in October once the fixtures have been formulated, taking into account PSA and other events.
For the 2023/24 season the PSL will be split into the Premiership and the Championship, with the coming season’s top performers entering the Premiership, with promotion and relegation between the two in following seasons.
PSL 2022/23 Application Details
The structure of the 2022/23 PSL reflects our aims to provide a safe & deliverable format which provides exposure & promotion of the sport whilst providing competitive opportunities for English/British players & demonstrating equal opportunities for men & women.
Ten (10) teams will be eligible to compete in the 2022/23 PSL – further teams shall be considered subject to there being an equal number of teams in the respective North & South Divisions
The Winner & Runner-up of the respective North & South divisions will qualify for the PSL semi-finals with each semi-final winner qualifying for the PSL Final – the staging of the Semi-Finals & Final will be at the sole discretion of England Squash
Teams will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, upon:
Receipt of a team entry fee of £750 (ex. VAT) by 5pm Monday 5th September – please note that clubs who competed in the 2019/20 PSL season &/or the 2022 PSL Cup shall be eligible for a concessionary/discounted entry fee of £600 for the 2022/23 season
All hosting clubs/venues having a valid England Squash club affiliation up to the 31st May 2023
Confirmation of full responsibility in relation to all matters related to health & safety of players, officials & spectators in line with the latest Government guidelines
All matches shall be played on Tuesday evenings starting at 7pm on each designated date unless agreed in writing by England Squash in advance
Each team will comprise 2 men & 2 women with a minimum of 1 English man & 1 English woman – for the avoidance of doubt, players registered as ‘English’ must be eligible to represent England. Teams from Wales &/or Scotland (if applicable) will comprise a minimum 1 man & 1 woman from their respective countries
All matches will be played on one court – the format shall be 11-PAR scoring, best of 5 games
England Squash will appoint referees to all matches. Clubs will be liable for referee expenses of £35 referee fee, plus mileage rate of 45p per mile. Referees will submit their expenses directly to team managers for payment.
England Squash shall be responsible for the seeding of all teams, allocating all teams into North & South divisions & the scheduling of all matches on the designated dates
All PSL Team Managers must have an up-to-date enhanced England Squash DBS check (for more information please visit our DBS FAQs or to apply for an enhanced England Squash DBS Check click here). There must also be an appointed Welfare Officer in attendance for any matches where their club is represented by a player under the age of 18.
The winners of the 2022/23 PSL will receive free entry for the 2023/24 PSL, subject to meeting the league’s agreed rules & regulations
Entries must be confirmed in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm, Monday 5th September, along with payment of the entry fee within 5 working days of acceptance & demonstration that all hosting venues & clubs are fully affiliated to England Squash up to & including the 31st May 2023.
Confirmation of which teams will compete in the North & South divisions will be confirmed w/c 5th September – North & South fixtures will be confirmed once all teams are confirmed & following consultation with the PSA regarding the PSA World Tour calendar.
England Squash will collaborate with Squash Media & Marketing (SMM), the commercial arm of the PSA, regarding streaming & initiatives linked to attracting new audiences & establishing a commercially sustainable future for the development of the national league structure.
For the 2023/24 season, the national league structure will comprise ‘PREMIERSHIP’ & ‘CHAMPIONSHIP’ divisions each comprising up to a maximum of five teams:
The top two teams from the respective 2022/23 North & South Divisions will automatically qualify for the 2023/24 PREMIERSHIP
The bottom two teams from the respective 2022/23 North & South Divisions will automatically play in the 2023/24 CHAMPIONSHIP
Teams finishing 3rd in the 2022/23 North & South Divisions will play-off for the right to compete in the 2023/24 PREMIERSHIP with the losing team from the play-off to compete in the 2024/25 CHAMPIONSHIP
Further divisions will be considered for the 2023/24 season subject to interest from clubs/teams