The fixtures for the Energia All-Ireland League 2021/22 season have been confirmed.
The action gets underway with a full round of the Energia Women’s All-Ireland League on Saturday September 25th.
The default kick-off times for men’s games will be 2:30pm on Saturdays and 5pm on Saturdays for women’s games but can be adjusted based on the agreed preference of participating teams.
Two New Women’s Teams
Both debutants in the Energia Women’s All-Ireland League will have home advantage in their first ever games at this level – Ballincollig will welcome Suttonians to Tanner Park in Round 1, while Wicklow will be at home to Old Belvedere.
The last Women’s AIL final to be played was in April 2019. Defending Champions Railway Union will meet 2019 runners up UL Bohemian on October 23rd.
A 9-game regular women’s season will conclude on December 11th with a one-off modified format beginning on January 15th. A Top 4 Round-Robin will lead into a semi-finals and a final to determine the Energia Women’s All-Ireland League Champions.
Teams who place 5-10 in the regular season will switch to a six-team round-robin followed by play-offs for a one-off trophy.
The ring-fencing of all 10 participating teams will be retained as planned for the next two seasons as the IRFU continue to support the development and long-term sustainability of participating teams. The Energia Women’s All-Ireland Cup will also return this season with details to be announced in due course.
Dates for the Energia Women’s All-Ireland League playoffs are subject to confirmation to avoid clashes with the as-yet-to-be announced fixtures for the 2022 Women’s Six Nations Championship.