International Hockey Federation

The Fédération Internationale de Hockey (English: International Hockey Federation), commonly known by the acronym FIH, is the international governing body of field hockey and indoor field hockey. Its headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland and the president is Narinder Dhruv Batra.[3] FIH is responsible for field hockey's major international tournaments, notably the Hockey World Cup.

International Hockey Federation
Fédération Internationale de Hockey
Fih hockey logo.svg
Formation7 January 1924; 98 years ago (1924-01-07)
Founded atParis, France
TypeSports federation
Legal statusGoverning body of
Field Hockey
PurposeSport governance
HeadquartersLausanne, Switzerland
Region served
137 national associations
Official language
English, French[1]
Seif Ahmed (acting)[2]
Thierry Weil
Main organ
AffiliationsInternational Olympic Committee


FIH 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.[4] First members complete to join the seven founding members were Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Hungary, Spain, and Switzerland.

In 1982, 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.[5]


Map of the World with the five confederations.

In total, there are 138 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.

Recognition and awardsEdit

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 tournamentsEdit




Title holdersEdit

Competition Men's Women's
Olympics   Belgium (2020)   Netherlands (2020)
World Cup   Belgium (2018)   Netherlands (2022)
FIH Pro League   Netherlands (2021–22)   Argentina (2021–22)
Junior World Cup   Argentina (2021)   Netherlands (2022)
Youth Olympics   Malaysia (2018)   Argentina (2018)
Indoor World Cup   Austria (2018)   Germany (2018)


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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "International Hockey Federation Statutes" (PDF). FIH. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Seif Ahmed (Egypt) appointed acting FIH President; next Presidential elections on 5 November". FIH. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Executive Board". FIH. Retrieved 3 August 2021.
  4. ^ Sathe, Mukund. "Paul Léautey". This Day in History. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  5. ^ "FIH reiterates full support to Ukraine's hockey community". FIH. 18 March 2022. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  6. ^ "International Hockey Federation". FIH. Retrieved 28 October 2012.

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