Champions Trophy 2014 Gets Associate Sponsor in Tata Steel

New Delhi, 29 October 2014: Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 gets a boost as Tata Steel has come on board as associate sponsor for the tournament to be held in Bhubaneswar, India from 6th December till 14th December 2014.

Manikanta Naik (Chief Resident Executive, Tata Steel) and Elena Norman (Chief Executive Officer, Hockey India) signing the agreement Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014

Manikanta Naik (Chief Resident Executive, Tata Steel) and Elena Norman (Chief Executive Officer, Hockey India) signing the agreement

At a function held at Bhubaneswar, Tata Steel Limited signed an agreement with Hockey India, thereby announcing its Associate Sponsorship for the upcoming Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 where some of the finest men’s international teams will be participating. The agreement was signed by Manikanta Naik, Chief Resident Executive, Tata Steel and Elena Norman, Chief Executive Officer of Hockey India.

In eight team event, World Cup and defending champions, Australia; Commonwealth Games bronze medalists, England; Euro nations silver medalists, Belgium and Asian Games silver medalists, Pakistan are grouped in Pool A. While in Pool B, hosts and Asian Games champions India, will face World Cup 2014 bronze medalists, Argentina; World Cup 2014 runners-up, the Netherlands and 2012 Olympic gold medalists, Germany in league stage of the followed to decide the quarter-final fixtures. Continue reading →

Australia and Netherlands top FIH World Hockey Rankings, India 9th

Good performances at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup means Argentina men’s team and the USA women’s team climb FIH World Hockey rankings

FIH World Hockey Rankings June 2014

FIH World Hockey Rankings June 2014

The latest FIH (International Hockey Federation) men’s and women’s world rankings have been released today following the conclusion of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup. The winners of both the Men’s and Women’s World Cup – Australia and the Netherlands – have maintained their positions at the top of the FIH World Hockey Rankings. Continue reading →

FIH Hockey Academy and START Hockey are Launched

  • FIH’s Hockey Academy is officially live and set to provide educational resources world-wide
  • First stage of Educator Workforce programme hailed a success
  • ‘START Hockey’ online programme available for everyone

FIH Hockey AcademyThe International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Hockey Academy is now live thanks to the delivery of stage one of the Educator Workforce programme alongside the launch of the START Hockey on-line programme. In partnership with the World Academy of Sport, the FIH Hockey Academy aims to deliver a simplified education framework for nations and continents to develop coaches, officials and managers from grass roots through to a high performance level.

Stage one of the Educator Workforce programme started during the Champions Challenge 1 in Glasgow, Scotland.  A series of courses were held including Trainer training, Coach Educator training and a pilot of the FIH Hockey Academy Coach Level 1 Award. The FIH Hockey Academy Educator Workforce defines three levels – a Trainer, who trains Educators; an Educator, who educates coaches or officials; and a Coach, who coaches athletes. Continue reading →

World Cup Broadcast and Streaming Details: On Ten Sports in Indian Subcontinent

• Rabobank Hockey World Cup to be broadcast on TV to over 80 countries
• Digital streaming to hit 192 countries via YouTube
• Fan experience enhanced by social media, mobile app and latest technology

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, the Hague (Netherlands) from 31st May to 15th June 2014The International Hockey Federation target to 368 million viewers via television and digital rech including live streaming on YouTube for the upcoming Rabobank Hockey World Cup, 31 May – 16 June in The Hague. While 1.25 million views are projected for the live YouTube streaming. The Hockey World Cup broadcast experience will be complemented with fan-engagement opportunities via FIH social media channels, while the HD coverage and analysis will be enhanced thanks to Spidercam and ball tracking technology.

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014  |  Broadcasting Reach

All Australia games and finals live, plus prime time daily highlights will be available to all households across the country on ABC.

Belgium games and finals live on VRT and Telenet in Flemish and on BeTV and RTBF in French

England games and finals live on Sky, UK’s premium sports channel. Continue reading →

Sardar and Waseem Among Candidates for FIH’s Athletes’ Committee elections

• 21 candidates announced for FIH Athletes’ Committee
• All continents represented including FIH’s first ever female committee candidate from Iran – Sanaz Heidari
• Four of the eight seats to be elected will be voted for by athletes for first time ever

Indian skipper Sardar Singh in action against Bangladesh during Hockey World League 2 New Delhi

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is pleased to announce the names of six women and 15 men, who make up the candidate list for the inaugural FIH Athletes’ Committee elections, set to take place during this year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup, 31 May to 15 June, in The Hague, Netherlands. Whilst the FIH Athletes’ Committee already exists, this will be the first time that four of the eight seats will be elected by athletes. Two women and two men will be elected during the Hockey World Cup, while the remaining four seats will be appointed by the FIH Executive Board in March 2015.

The four seats elected at the Hockey World Cup will be announced on the 12 June.

Female Candidates: Marsha COX, RSA; Rachel DAWSON, USA; Sanaz HEIDARI, IRI; Anne PANTER, ENG; Beth SMITH, NZL; Yimeng ZHANG, CHN

Male Candidates: Waseem AHMED, PAK; Paolo CANE, ITA; Liam de YOUNG, AUS; Niclas FRANZÉN, SWE; Santi FREIXA, ESP; Moritz FURSTE, GER; David HARTE, IRL; David KETTLE, WAL; Henri LHOMME, FRA; Jiwa MOHAN, MAS; Filip NEUSSER, CZE; Xavier RECKINGER, BEL; Scott SANDISON, CAN; Sardar SINGH, IND; Robert van der HORST, NED

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Hockey Matches to be played in 4 Quarters

20th March 2014: International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced today changes to the structure of the game. As tried and implemented by both the Euro Hockey League and Hockey India League, the FIH has decided to do away with two 35-minute halves, introduced four 15-minute quarters for improve the flow and intensity of the game.

International Hockey Federation (FIH) LogoAccording to FIH release, 40-second time-outs following both penalty corner awards and the scoring of a goal have also introduced to maximum utilization of 60-minute game time for actual play by not consuming it with penalty corner set up, etc. This is also done for increasing the fan experience and opportunity for game presentation and analysis. Continue reading →