Cardiff Fire have dropped out of the 2018/19 season at the eleventh hour.
NIHL South 1 will now run with just eight teams and will play three home and three away games in league play for 21 home games per team.
The NIHL South Cup will now feature all eight teams. The first round of league matches against the other seven NIHL South 1 teams will double up as the first round of Cup games. The top four sides in this points table will qualify for the semi finals.
The Autumn Cup competition will proceed as previously announced and will see Phantoms playing teams in NIHL North 1.