FIH Executive Board Meets: Extra time is out, shot clock for penalty corners is in

The FIH Executive Board met for the first time after the elections of new members at FIH Congress in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) in November 2012. This was one of its three annual meetings.

International Hockey Federation (FIH) LogoAs per the report published on FIH (International Hockey Federation) website, the Executive Board decided to bring in a 45-second shot clock for all penalty corners, which will come in effect from the Women’s Hockey World League Round 4 tournament in Argentina.The board also decided to remove extra time from FIH events, thus classifications games will directly go into shootout, if tied after regulation time of 70 minutes. Continue reading →

Women’s Hockey World League Semi-Final Groups Confirmed, India will play at Rotterdam

Following the last of the women’s Hockey World League Round 2 tournaments which concluded  yesterday in Rio (Brazil), the FIH today announced the line-ups for the two women’s Hockey World League Semi-Final tournaments to be held in Rotterdam and London in June.

Indian Women's Team celebrating their Hockey World League Round 2 Win in New Delhi

Indian Women’s Team celebrating their Hockey World League Round 2 Win in New Delhi

The Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final tournament in Rotterdam will be held from June 13-23 in conjunction with the men’s Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final tournament.  Four teams (Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany, and Korea,) were already qualified for the event based on their FIH World Ranking and will be joined by four teams (Japan, India, Belgium and Chile) that qualified through the earlier rounds of the Hockey World League.

 

The Dutch enter the tournament as the top-ranked team in the FIH World Ranking. New Zealand, Germany, and Korea  were also automatically qualified for the Semi-Finals thanks to their top-eight spot in the FIH World Ranking.

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After Ups and Downs in 2012, Wish to see Rangaswamy Cup being given away to National Champions in 2013

Everybody agrees on “India is important for the progress of hockey in the world of sports” but is India moving in right direction?

2013 Calendar by The Fans of Hockey

2013 Calendar by The Fans of Hockey (Click here to buy a copy)

It has been a year of ups and downs for Indian Hockey, with World Series Hockey getting postponed because the national players were busy in preparing for Hero FIH Road to London: the Olympics Qualifiers, which India won in style to book their ticket for London. Continue reading →

World Series Hockey 2 Rescheduled

Bangalore, 16 November, 2012: World Series Hockey (WSH) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) have decided to reschedule the second edition of World Series Hockey, India’s first multi city franchise-based hockey tournament.

World Series Hockey LogoWSH 1 was a resounding success on-air, on-ground and online. With an average TV weekly reach of 8.9 million, the league was three times bigger than the nearest non-cricket competitor in the same period, English Premier League (2.75 million) (Source: TAM, CS 4+)

There were packed stadiums with 350, 000 + walk-ins, 10,000 articles in key national and regional newspapers generating media value in excess of 100 crores, and 10 million impressions across WSH digital properties with live streaming on YouTube, a global first for hockey.

The decision to reschedule the dates of hockey’s biggest annual event was taken after a request made by the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) to the organizers of the Event. The IHF has been in discussions with players, participating coaches and match officials, all of whom have reiterated their commitment to play in World Series Hockey.

There are two significant matters which could potentially properly define and cement the status of the IHF as the sole and exclusive governing body for hockey in India: Continue reading →

Prestigious President’s Award goes to Great Britain Hockey

Great Britain Hockey has today been awarded the prestigious President’s Award by the International Hockey Federation at its Congress in Malaysia.

Great Britain Hockey LogoThe award was made to GB Hockey in recognition of its contribution to the development and promotion of hockey in maximising the opportunity of the London 2012 Olympic Games and its work towards securing a lasting legacy for hockey.

Richard Leman, President of Great Britain Hockey, said: “On behalf of everyone involved with Great Britain Hockey I’m delighted that the efforts of the organisation and everyone involved in hockey have been recognised with the President’s Award from the International Hockey Federation. It’s a testament to the extra effort put in by everyone involved in hockey in this country over the past few years, from grassroots volunteers to the staff and the athletes of the GB teams. It’s a great honour for us to receive this award on behalf of the whole Hockey Nation.” Continue reading →

Champions Trophy 2011 (3-11 Dec) and 2012 Olympic Qualifiers (15-26 Feb) in Delhi

The FIH (International Hockey Federation) has announced the official dates for major competition for the year ahead, the six Olympic Qualification tournaments. The Olympic Qualifiers (Qualification Tournaments) for London 2012 Olympics will be hosted by three nations (India, Belgium and Japan) with a men’s and women’s tournament running in parallel.

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The FIH Champions Challenge 1 from November 26 – December 4  in Johannesburg, South Africa and overlapping the FIH Champions Trophy in New Delhi, India from December 3 to December 11, 2011 will complete the calendar of 2011.

The FIH Women’s Champions Trophy in Argentina from January 28 to February 5, 2012 will mark the starting one of the busiest year in recent times, which has Olympics, Qualifiers in addition to regular annual tournaments of FIH. Continue reading →