The restrictions have been introduced to prevent over-playing with the hope of keeping the countries top players in prime condition for the national team.
For the 2008/09 season, players could potentially play 84 matches this season amid IHL, ISC, Europe, domestic league and cup games.
With the European Championships, World Cup qualifiers and a potential Champions Challenge combined with warm-up matches, there is a potential for 35 international fixtures in the next 14 months.
With this in mind, senior panel athletes will be permitted – in addition to interprovincial tournaments – to play all the IHL and ISC matches as well as European competition both indoor and outdoor.
In addition, the men can play 14 domestic league and cup fixtures in total while the ladies can play ten games. Further to this, when teams have been knocked out of the ISC the players can play for their clubs on the corresponding ISC dates.
Athletes not playing for an AIL club are permitted to play club matches on the corresponding AIL dates.
National Coaches have the discretion to allow players to compete beyond this number of games if they have not been selected for specific camps/national matches, or to help with rehabilitation from injury.
Seventeen players were named on the men’s side who will be covered by these stipulations. They are: Stephen Butler, Mitch Darling, Ronan Gormley, David Harte, Tim Lewis, Graham Shaw, Iain Walker, Mark Black, Karl Burns, David Hobbs, John Jermyn, Keith Black, Timmy Cockram, Mark Gleghorne, Eugene Magee, Geoff McCabe and Michael Watt