PSL (Premier Squash League) is a tournament organised by England Squash where Clubs from around the country vie for the title of National Champions.
In recent years the competition has been split into two Divisions, based roughly on geography (to avoid excessive travelling) with Division A having mostly Northern teams and Division B mostly Southern ones .
Normally there are five or six teams in each division – six is the target number although there are only five in the current season. New teams can apply to join during the off-season.
Teams play each other twice a season, home and away. The first half (rounds one to five) takes place between September and December, with the second half’s reverse fixtures (rounds six to ten taking place between January and April.
Teams must nominate their squads at the start of the season (and can change, with some restrictions, before the second half).
No more than two male players ranked in the world’s top 25, and only one female player ranked in the world’s top 30, are allowed.
Matches are played on Tuesday nights, starting at 7pm, with two courts in use for each match.
A match consists of five players from each team playing their opposite number (a tie). Teams must field one female player (at number five) and are only allowed up to three non-English players in any match.
Matches usually start with the lower-ranked ties and the number ones going on last, but this can vary. Each tie is played best of five games to 11.
Points are awarded as follows: One point for each game won, plus five points for the winning team (whoever wins most ties).
In this example result, Pontefract win 3+0+3+3+2 =11 games, Birmingham win 1+3+1+1+3 = 9 games. Pontefract win the match 3-2 to earn an extra 5 points, so the final points are Pontefract 16, Birmingham 9.
At the end of the league season the top two teams in each division (decided by points, then matches won, then head-to-head results) progress to the playoffs.
The playoffs are usually two semi-finals – the winner of each division are at home to the runner-up of the other division – followed by a final at a neutral venue.
The league has been running since 1983. Originally called the “Amex League”, it became the “National League” and was rebranded to PSL in 2005.