International Hockey Federation

The Fédération Internationale de Hockey (English: International Hockey Federation), commonly known by the acronym HIF, is the international governing body of field hockey and indoor field hockey. Its headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland. HIF is responsible for field hockey's major international tournaments, notably the Hockey World Cup.

International Hockey Federation
Fédération Internationale de Hockey
Formation7 January 1924; 99 years ago (1924-01-07)
Founded atParis, France
TypeSports federation
Legal statusGoverning body of:
Field hockey
Indoor hockey
PurposeSport governance
HeadquartersLausanne, Switzerland
Region served
140 national associations
Official language
English, French[1]
Tayyab Ikram[2]
Thierry Weil
Main organ
AffiliationsInternational Olympic Committee

History Edit

HIF was founded on 7 January 1924 in Paris by Paul Léautey, who became the first president, in response to field hockey's omission from the programme of the 1924 Summer Olympics.[3] First members complete to join the seven founding members were Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Hungary, Spain, and Switzerland.

In 1983, the FIH merged with the International Federation of Women's Hockey Associations (IFWHA), which had been founded in 1927 by Australia, Denmark, England, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, the United States, and Wales.

The organisation has been based in Lausanne, Switzerland since 2005, having moved from Brussels, Belgium.

In response to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the FIH banned Russia from the 2022 Women's FIH Hockey Junior World Cup, and banned Russian and Belarusian officials from FIH events.[4]

Structure Edit

Map of the World with the five confederations.

In total, there are 140 member associations within the five confederations recognised by FIH. This includes Great Britain which is recognised as an adherent member of FIH, the team was represented at the Olympics and the Champions Trophy. England, Scotland and Wales are also represented by separate teams in FIH sanctioned tournaments.

  AfHF – African Hockey Federation
  AHF – Asian Hockey Federation
  EHF – European Hockey Federation
  OHF – Oceania Hockey Federation
  PAHF – Pan American Hockey Federation

The FIH World Rankings was updated once after the major tournament finished, based on FIH sanction tournaments.

Presidents Edit

The following is a list of presidents of FIH:[5]

Presidents of FIH
No. Name Country Took office Left office Note
1 Paul Léautey   France 1924 1926
2 Frantz Reichel   France 1926 1932
3 Marc Bellin du Côteau   France 1932 1936
4 Georg Evers   Germany 1936 1945
Robert Liégeois   Belgium 1945 1946 Acting
5 Jaap Quarles van Ufford   Netherlands 1946 1966
6 Rene Frank   Belgium 1966 1983
7 Étienne Glichitch   France 1983 1996
8 Juan Calzado   Spain 1996 2001
9 Els van Breda Vriesman   Netherlands 2001 2008
10 Leandro Negre   Spain 2008 2016
11 Narinder Dhruv Batra   India 2016 2022
Seif El Dine Ahmed   Egypt 2022 2022 Acting
12 Tayyab Ikram   Macau 2022 Incumbent

Recognition and awards Edit

The Player of the Year Awards have been given annually since 1998 for men and women, while the young category was added in 2001 to honour the best performances for junior players (under 21).

Another award, the "Honorary Award", was given to people who have made outstanding contributions to field hockey.

FIH tournaments Edit

Outdoor Edit


Indoor Edit

Title holders Edit

Competition Men's Women's
Olympics   Belgium (2020)   Netherlands (2020)
World Cup   Germany (2023)   Netherlands (2022)
FIH Pro League   Netherlands (2022–23)   Netherlands (2022–23)
Junior World Cup   Argentina (2021)   Netherlands (2022)
Youth Olympics   Malaysia (2018)   Argentina (2018)
Indoor World Cup   Austria (2023)   Netherlands (2023)

Partners Edit

The following are the partners of the International Hockey Federation:[6]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "International Hockey Federation Statutes" (PDF). FIH. Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Tayyab Ikram (MAC) elected as new President of FIH". FIH. Archived from the original on 5 November 2022. Retrieved 5 November 2022.
  3. ^ Sathe, Mukund. "Paul Léautey". This Day in History. Archived from the original on 22 June 2021. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  4. ^ "FIH reiterates full support to Ukraine's hockey community". FIH. 18 March 2022. Archived from the original on 26 March 2022. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Hockey". Olympedia. Archived from the original on 15 December 2022. Retrieved 16 December 2022.
  6. ^ "International Hockey Federation". FIH. Archived from the original on 17 June 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2012.

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