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Masters Inter County Championships

The Inter County Championships is the largest competition that we run with more than 2,000 players representing their counties in 22 categories throughout the season across senior, masters and junior categories. Dependent upon which category, there can be multiple divisions, from Premier to Division 2. The Masters Championships provide competitive opportunities for players beyond club level in a team environment, and the opportunity to represent their county.

2021-22 Season

Following an extensive review process which included consultation with County players & managers, the England Squash Masters committee and a Masters Inter County review group, the format for the 2021-22 season has changed.

For the upcoming season we will be running the following age categories: Men's Over 35s, 45s, 55s and 65s. Women's Over 40's and 50's.

For further details of this seasons changes and the review process please view our Masters Inter County review paper via the link below.

Master's Inter County Review

Stage 1 Details (5th-6th March 2022)

The groupings are now available on Leaguemaster here. All players wishing to participate must be current ES members and be nominated on Leaguemaster by each county in order to be able to play.

All groups and host counties have been drawn at random. Host counties for each group are asked to arrange a suitable venue and schedule as well as input the results into leaguemaster over the weekend.

The format for stage 1 and subsequent stage 2/ finals is in the table below. In the instance of best runners up going through to the finals group, the process used to work this out will be the best difference between games for and games against over the matches played.


Men O35

Men O45

Men O55

Men O65

Women O40

Women O50

Stage 1

5 groups of 4

Stage 1

5 groups of 4, 1 group of 3

Stage 1

4 groups of 4, 2 groups of 3

Stage 1

2 groups of 4, 3 groups of 3

Stage 1

2 groups of 3, 1 group of 4

Stage 1

2 groups of 3, 1 group of 4

Stage 2-

Finals (central venue)

5 group winners + 3 best runners up

Play Offs (host venue)

3 groups of 4

Stage 2 / Finals

Finals (central venue)

6 group winners + 2 best runners up

Play Offs (host venue)

5 groups of 3

Stage 2 / Finals

Finals (central venue)

6 group winners + 2 best runners up

Play Offs (host venue)

2 groups of 3, 2 groups of 4

Stage 2 / Finals

Finals (central venue)

5 group winners + 3 best runners up

Play Offs (host venue)

3 groups of 3

Stage 2 / Finals

Finals (central venue)

3 group winners + best runner up

Play Offs (host venue)

2 groups of 3

Stage 2 / Finals

Finals (central venue)

3 group winners + best runner up

Play Offs (host venue)

2 groups of 3


Competition Dates

Stage 1: 5th and 6th March 2022

Finals: 30th April and 1st May 2022


Hosting

Stage 1 of this years competition will be hosted by counties. Counties will be split into groups and a hosting county will be assigned to each group. Counties will only be required to host a maximum of 1 group across all divisions.

Stage 2 of this years competition will see finalists compete in a central location organised by England Squash. All remaining promotion and relegation groups will be split into groups and a hosting county will be assigned to each group.

Finals venue: TBC

Email: masters.intercounty@englandsquash.com


Format

  • Stage 1:
    • Based on the number of entries received for each age group, teams have been split into groups with group winners and certain best runners up (depending on the category) going through to the finals weekend.
    • Each group will be assigned a hosting county who is responsible for hosting the matches in that group.
  • Finals:
    • England Squash will host a finals weekend for the group winners from Stage 1
    • All remaining groups will play-off. Hosting counties will be assigned.
  • Teams are made up of five players, except the Men’s Over 65 and the Women's Over 40 and 50 divisions which consist of three players
  • Players must be within the age category up to and including the date of the finals for their age group

Competition Management

  • The Championships are run by England Squash centrally.
  • Counties are responsible for entering teams and for the selection of players for teams.
  • All players must be valid England Squash members in order to participate in the Championships.