Scottish National League structure finalised for 2019/20 season

The Scottish National League (SNL) structure for the 2019/20 season has been finalised.

Solway Stingrays have withdrawn from the league, but Belfast Giants SNL and Solway Sharks have both joined for the upcoming campaign

Murrayfield Racers, Paisley Pirates, Kirkcaldy Kestrels, Dundee Comets, Aberdeen Lynx, North Ayrshire Wild, Dundee Tigers and Kilmarnock Thunder complete the 10-team line-up.

The teams will face each other once home and away for an 18-game regular season. However, Belfast will play each team once on the Scottish mainland with double points awarded for each game.

The top eight in the league will qualify for the play-offs which will start with two-legged quarter-finals to determine who progresses to the SNL Final Four Weekend 2020.

If Belfast qualify for the play-offs, teams will be required to travel to Northern Ireland for the away leg of the tie.

The two play-off semi-finals will be held at Dundee Ice Arena on Saturday, 4th April, with the final scheduled for the following day.

The Scottish Cup will feature eight teams, with Solway and Belfast not entering any SIH cup competitions this season.

The quarter-finals and semi-finals will be two-legged ties, with the final set to be staged alongside the various junior finals at Dundee Ice Arena on Saturday, 21st March.

There will be a slight change to the format of the Stuart Robertson Cup for the 2019/20 campaign, with two groups of four teams now split into north and south sections.

Kilmarnock, Murrayfield, North Ayrshire and Paisley will form one group, with Aberdeen, Kirkcaldy and the two Dundee teams making up the other.

Each side will play the other teams in their group once home and away, with the top two in each qualifying for the two-legged semi-finals. The final will be played over two legs during December.

Dundee Comets, Murrayfield and Solway will also play in the NIHL North Cup alongside Billingham Stars and Whitley Warriors from Moralee D1.

The group stage will be a round robin, with each team facing the others once home and away. The top four teams qualify for the semi-finals, with the winners going on to the final. The knockout phase of this competition will be staged over two legs.

Fixtures for the league and cup competitions will be confirmed in due course.

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