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International Hockey Federation


International Hockey Federation

International Hockey Federation
Map of the members of FIH
Abbreviation FIH
Motto FairPlay Friendship Forever
Formation 7 January 1924 (1924-01-07)
Type Federation of national associations
Headquarters Lausanne, Switzerland
Region served
128 national associations
Official language
English, French[1]
Leandro Negre
Affiliations International Olympic Committee

The Fédération Internationale de Hockey sur Gazon (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 located in Lausanne, Switzerland and president are Leandro Negre.[2] FIH is responsible for field hockey's major international tournaments, notably the World Cup.


  • History 1
  • Structure 2
  • Recognition and awards 3
  • FIH events 4
    • Outdoor 4.1
    • Indoor 4.2
  • Partners 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


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. 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 is based in Lausanne, Switzerland since 2005, having moved from Brussels, Belgium.


Map of the World with the five confederations.

In total, there are 128 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
     ASHF – 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 awards

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.

Since 2006, FIH has named All-Star Teams.[3]

FIH events




The following are the partners of the International Hockey Federation:[4]

See also


  1. ^ "International Hockey Federation Statutes" (PDF). FIH. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Leandro Negre elected as FIH President". FIH. 29 November 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "FIH Player of the Year Awards". FIH. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "International Hockey Federation". FIH. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 

External links

  • Official website
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