About the IHFL

In 2016 HEMA Ireland announced the formation of an Irish Historic Fencing League (IHFL).  Currently we have just finished the final event of the 2018 League.

For the present our competitions will include only Longsword, but we look forward to adding more disciplines as numbers and our experience with running a league starts to grow. Its expected that the next few years will involve a learning curve as the structure of the league is worked out, hopefully this is the start of something that will advance the study and practice of HEMA throughout the island of Ireland.

Each leg of the League has been encouraged to use a different ruleset with regards to scoring. This keeps each event distinct, but also helps ensure the League results give a good overall measure of fencing ability rather than the ability to fence well under a single ruleset.

Guidlines and criteria for hosting an IHFL tournament can be found here: IHFL-Criteria-v2

The league results are calculated and updated after every tournament, and displayed here on the HEMA Ireland website once ready.  The overall League Champion will be announced at the end of the the final fixture of each League.

All scores reset to 0 at the end of each year, waiting for the League to begin anew.