The SquashFORWARD series has been launched to try out new scoring formats ©PSA

Details of a new new scoring format for the Nations Cup Squash competition in New Zealand this November has been unveiled.

The event in Tauranga will be the inaugural event in the SquashFORWARD series for the 2022-2023 season.

It has been created to offer a chance to test out changes to traditional competition and scoring formats,

The new format was devised after online polls amongst squash players, who were asked to vote on proposed scoring formats during April and May in a poll conducted on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour website.

"We’re excited to announce the scoring format for the upcoming Nations Cup and look forward to pioneering a new style of tournament in New Zealand," PSA chief executive and Squash media and marketing Director Alex Gough said. 

"We were pleased to involve the squash community in choosing the format for the Nations Cup and look forward to working together with Squash New Zealand to deliver a new experience to players, spectators and viewers.

"The role of the SquashFORWARD series on the calendar is to trial new formats and tournaments which can help create more excitement in the sport."

PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough believes the Nations Cup in New Zealand will be a
PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough believes the Nations Cup in New Zealand will be a "new style of tournament" ©PSA

A new best-of-seven games scoring format is to be used throughout the four-day event which is scheduled to take place between November 3 and 6.

Each game will be first to seven points.

If the game scores are locked at 6-6, a sudden-death point will be played, with the winner of that rally taking the game.

Each player can also opt for a "power play" twice per match, where he or she can win two points. 

The event features eight nations split into two groups of four, with a male and female player from each country competing.

The overall team score in each match will be determined by the number of matches won, or if these should be the same, the number of games won and as a third eliminator, the number of points won. 

The Nations Cup event is scheduled to take place in Tauranga immediately before the New Zealand Open.

"New Zealand has a growing international reputation for innovation, and to partner with the PSA with the new scoring format and use of 'power plays' will be fully embraced by the home crowd," Squash New Zealand Chief Executive Martin Dowson said.

"We cannot wait until November.

"Everyone in New Zealand is so excited to have some of the world’s best players compete in New Zealand in November and to extend the opportunity by having back-to-back events is amazing."

The events are set to be broadcast on SquashTV.