FIH Committees


Teams for major events
Steve Jaspan (Chairman) sums up some of the main decisions taken by the FIH Competitions Committee and its working groups during their meetings in Paris in November 2000:

Buenos Aires, 14-26 May 2001.
Pool A: France -India - Netherlands - U.S.A..
Pool B: Australia - Chile - Germany - Ukraine.
Pool C: Argentina - South Africa - Spain - Wales.
Pool D: Canada - England - Korea - Russia.
Reserve countries: Barbados (China withdrew from group A).

Hobart (AUS), 9-21 October 2001.
Pool A: Australia - Chile - England - Ireland OR Africa 2.
Pool B: Africa 1 - France - Korea - Netherlands.
Pool C: Canada - India - Scotland - Spain.
Pool D: Argentina - Germany - Malaysia - New Zealand.
Reserve countries: 1 Ireland (if Africa 2 qualifies) OR Japan (if Ireland qualifies); 2.Japan (if Africa 2 qualifies) OR U.S.A. (if Ireland qualifies).
Africa 1 and Africa 2 will be respectively the winner and the 2nd ranked country in the 7th Africa Cup (26 March-1 April, 2001). Africa 2 will only qualify if 5 or more countries take part in that competition.

The final entries and pools for the 2001 Men's and Women's World Cup Qualifiers will be announced early in 2001.

10th Men's World Cup Qualifier - Edinburgh (ECO) - 17/29 July 2001:
Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, India, Japan, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Spain, USA, Wales, Zimbabwe + One. (Seven to qualify for World Cup)
The 16th country, as well as the reserve countries, remain to be identified.

10th Women's World Cup Qualifier (Amiens/Abbeville (FRA) 18/31 September 2001.

Indoor World Cup
The decision has been taken, in principle, to hold and Indoor World Cup for men and women in 2003. National Associations and the European Hockey Federation will be asked for input.

Pool Format
The four pools of four team format (4x4) will be monitored during the Women's Junior World Cup in Argentina and the Women's World Cup Qualifier in Scotland by special investigative panels. The panels will be headed by FIH Board members, Sue Neill in Buenos Aires and Peter Crane in Scotland.

South Afrcia accepted:
South Africa's men's team will be added to the teams qualified for the lst. Champions Challenge in 2001 subject to the Indian Hockey Confederation accepting more teams. South Africa were denied a place in the Sydney Olympic Games by their National Olympic Committee and thus lost the opportunity for automatic qualification for the Champions Challenge. Subsequently India accepted South Africa's participation.

The following TD's have been appointed:
Junior World Cup: Peter Paul Lathouwers (Ned).
World Cup Qualifier: Roger Self (Eng).
Champions Trophy: Bob Davidson (Ned).
Champions Challenge: Ken Read (Aus).
Sultan Azlan Shah Trophy: Peter Cohen (Aus).
Junior World Cup: Bev Johnson (USA).
World Cup Qualifier: Claire Monseu-Peeters (Bel).
Champions Trophy: Merle Sterley (RSA).
Champions Challenge: Marianne Kooijman (Ned).

Afro-Asian Games
The Afro-Asian Games, to be held in New Delhi (Ind)(Nov 3-11, 2001) will comprise the top four men's and women's teams from both Africa and Asia.

Commonwealth games
The 2002 Commonwealth Games (Manchester, Eng) will comprise 8 teams in both the men's and women's competitions. The eight countries will be hosts (Eng) and holders (Australia) plus one country from each of the six Commonwealth regions, the Caribbean being the sixth region.

Major Tournament Qualification
The Competitions Committee is to investigate whether the present basis of qualification for major tournaments is fair and equitable. In particular queries have been raised about the anomaly of Oceania, a small continent in terms of active hockey playing countries but with two strong national associations.

Third Umpire
The use of television assistance (i.e. a third umpire) is being investigated for crucial decisions. The giant screen used at the Sydney Olympics is believed to be a great plus for spectators.

The penalty shoot-outs in the final men's matches at the Sydney Olympics, which benefitted the Netherlands but was a mortal blow to Australia and Korea, has raised the question of whether there could be a better method of ending a stalemate. Australia has a successful recipe for ending their national hockey league games. National associations will be asked to comment.

Major Tournament Bidding
An investigation is to be launched into bidding procedures and incentives to bidders for major tournaments.

Events Committee
The Competitions Committee will be known as the Competitions/Events Committee after the approval of the new FIH Statutes. It will have broader terms of reference to encompass the concept of eventing and all aspects of tournaments.

World Youth Festival
The World Youth Festival, scheduled for Poland in 2002, will be arranged if the European HF's youth programme can be dovetailed with other continents.


New Umpire Managers.
Top umpire Peter von Reth (Ned) who retired after the Sydney Olympics, is set to join the ranks of Umpire Managers and pass on his experience to up an coming umpires. Several former top umpires, including Yolanda Brada (Netherlands), Laura Crespo (Argentina), Janice McLintock (Canada) and Alan Waterman (Canada), are also becoming Umpire Managers.

Developing Women Umpires

The Umpiring Committee are to give a top priority to the development of women umpires. National associations will be asked to encourage their top women umpires to officiate in their men's competitions. They are to appoint men/women umpire managers to women's tournaments. A variety of coaching initiatives are being studied.

Umpire Co-operation

The committee are to contact all national associations to request them to experiment with each umpire being permitted to blow anywhere on the pitch. This initiative follows discussions within the Rules Board as a further attempt to improve umpire co-operation and teamwork. Following a 12/18 month experimental period, it is hoped that feedback from the countries will show if this will improve umpire teamwork and therefore provide for better decision making.

Key Working Groups

Once the FIH restructure is completed at the FIH Extraordinary Congress in April, the committee intends to establish two key working groups to better deliver umpire development. One group will deal with General Development whilst the second will concentrate on Elite Development.

Umpires Upgraded
The Council agreed to the Committee's proposals for the upgrading of the following umpires:

Mrs Tania FRANKLE (Namibia)
Mrs Mirjam WESSEL-VERMER (Netherlands)
Mrs Christiane WAGNER (Germany)

Michiel BRUNING (Netherlands)
Nigel IGGO (New Zealand)
Erik KLEIN NAGELVOORT (Netherlands)
Martin MADDEN (Scotland)
Constantine SOTERIADES (USA)
Hein van den STEENHOVEN (Netherlands)

Tatiana CHOJNACKA-MAREK (Poland)
Irene CLELLAND (Scotland)
Mirjam WESSEL-VERWER (Netherlands)
Arkadiusz NOWAK (Poland)
The following Umpires have been moved to the retired list:

Gill CLARKE (England)
Mirjam van GEMERT (Netherlands)
Jos GORISSEN (Netherlands)
Peter von RETH (Netherlands)
Christian SIEBRECHT (Germany)
Ermanno SILVANO (Italy)

Christian SIEBRECHT (Germany).

Media & Public Relations

Electronic communication

- the way forward
The important issue of the Internet, which every sporting federation is facing at present, was discussed in some detail at the recent MPR Committee meeting in Paris. The Committee felt it was vital that hockey embraces this new medium, which will, in future, play an increasingly important role in helping to promote our sport on a worldwide basis.

A draft proposal, outlining the criteria for allowing media accreditation for bona fide hockey web sites at major FIH events, was discussed and will, subsequently, be refined. In addition, as a result of the recent demise of Worldsport Networks, it was proposed that the IT Task Force, headed by MPR Committee member, Aaron Sher (USA), will evaluate the current FIH web site and put forward recommendations for the future development and expansion of the site.

The Committee also urged the Executive Board to set a date, whereby all documents would, in future, be sent via e-mail, both to members of the various FIH committees and the national associations. The MPR committee currently send all their documents via e-mail.

Global Hockey Network

Committee Chairman David Burt (England), in his address to Congress, urged all national associations to nominate a representative, who would act as an important link on all communications and marketing issues. The idea behind the Network is to share ideas and expertise, Burt emphasising that, "We can collectively promote and market hockey in a more proactive way throughout the world".

Hockey Media Database

The FIH office is currently compiling a comprehensive database of hockey media contacts, which will be available for use by all national associations. To ensure the database is as accurate as possible, Hannah Cox, in the Brussels office, would like to receive details on national hockey media contacts, from all the nominated representatives of the Network. Thsse details can be e-mailed to Hannah Cox on .

Global Hockey Survey

A global hockey survey would be undertaken in the early part of 2001 it was announced at the Open Forum Session in Paris. The basis of the survey is to obtain comprehensive details on our sport, in order to specifically assist in the marketing and sponsorship efforts of the FIH and national associations. Copies of the findings will be made available to all associations participating in the survey.

Player of the Year

The 2000 FIH Player of the Year awards were presented at the Paris Congress dinner to Alyson Annan and Stephan Veen , both previous winners of the inaugural awards in 1998 in Alexandria, Egypt. A specially commissioned Sydney Olympics highlights video, produced by David Christison (Australian TV presenter), was shown prior to the Awards ceremony.

The Committee expresses its thanks to David Agius (Malta), for once again co-ordinating the Award activities and to David Christison, who acted as master of ceremonies for the evening.


Meeting with Manufacturers

A variety of subjects were discussed, regarding experiences and future developments of synthetic pitches, in a technical meeting with representatives of manufacturers of FIH approved pitches and accredited laboratories. This discussion was held in conjunction with the FIH meetings in Paris. General concerns regarding durability, maintenance and irrigation of these pitches were a major topic and joint action points were agreed.

New tabulation

The tabulation of Approved products will be redesigned to cater for global, standard and starter pitches, as well as for sand dressed/sand-obscured pitches.

Maintenance Manuals

FIH manuals on pitch maintenance and watering are being prepared and should be ready for printing in Spring 2001.

Pitch inventory

An inventory of synthetic pitches has been finalised by John McBryde. By the end of 1998, according to feedback from national associations, 2,160 pitches have been installed predominantly or exclusively for hockey. Over 50% of the member countries have at least one synthetic pitch. Pitches world-wide are installed or replaced at a rate of well over 150 per year.

Pitch layout

A new drawing of pitch lay out - with minor changes - will be circulated shortly to parties concerned following the latest decisions by the Hockey Rules Board. Existing pitch markings will NOT have to be adjusted.


The Equipment Committee submitted advice that the use of the edge of stick should be abandoned, in view of additional stick breakages anticipated. The facility to test the standards decided by the Council is in place.

Protective equipment

The legal requirements that protective headgear sold in Europe MUST have a CEN approval will be passed on for information to and distribution by the national associations concerned.

FIH website

To facilitate contact with manufacturers of FIH approved products, links will be established with their respective websites.

Development & Coaching

New Master Coaches

Dr. Richard Charlesworth and Maurits Hendriks, the Olympic gold medal winning coaches, together with three other outstanding coaches, Bert Bunnik, Ruediger Hanel and Boudewijn Castelijn, have been appointed to the group of twelve FIH Master Coaches. FIH Coaches have been appointed or upgraded by the FIH Executive Board following the recent FIH International Coaching Courses, held in Brisbane (Champions Trophy), Cape Town (All Africa Games), Cologne (European Women's Nations Cup) and Amstelveen (Champions Trophy),

FIH Master Coach:
Richard Charlesworth (Australia),
Maurits Hendriks (Netherlands)[upgrading],
Bert Bunnik (Netherlands) [upgrading],
Ruediger Hänel (Germany)
Boudewijn Castelijn (Netherlands) [upgrading]

FIH Coach Grade I:
Marc Lammers (Spain/Netherlands),
Giles Bonnet (South Africa)[upgrading]
David Bell (Australia) [upgrading]

FIH Coach:
Colin Batch (Australia),
Michael Gilbert (Scotland),
Terry Gregg (Ireland),
Michel van den Heuvel (Netherlands),
Kevin Knapp (Australia),
Peter McCabe (Northern Ireland),
Graeme Worth (Australia)

Buenos Aires and Lahore courses
The Argentina Hockey Federation and the Pakistan Hockey Federation have agreed to stage FIH International Coaching Courses, conducted by FIH Master Coaches, during the coming major events in their countries. An International FIH Development Coaching Course will take place in conjunction with the Women's Junior World Cup in Buenos Aires.

In a Development Coaching Course, much attention is given to up to date methodology and content for the coaching of Under 21 players and the coaching of all players in developing hockey countries. The FIH-DCC sees coaching of young players and less experienced players as an important coaching speciality. At the Buenos Aires course, participants will be able to qualify for an invitation to take part in an FIH Final Coaching Course where they can earn a nomination as FIH Coach. In conjunction with the Men's Champions' Trophy in Lahore, there will be an international FIH Final High Performance Coaching Course.

The participation in that course is open to a maximum of 16 coaches who have qualified from a FIH High Performance Course. A few places have been reserved for experienced High Performance Coaches. These can be invited on special recommendation by their national hockey association, together with the endorsement of FIH Coaches. In the Lahore Final HPC Course, participants can earn a nomination as FIH Coach.

Development Consultants

International Hockey Development Consultants (IHCD) are experienced in the planning and execution of "tailor made" national hockey development plans. They are able to assist national associations in the making and successful implementation of such a project.

The FIH is building a network of consultants who support each other and exchange experience The first contacts and exchanges are being made in IHDC Workshops. Two, in Africa (Cairo) and Europe (Amsterdam), have already taken place. They were facilitated by DCC member Alistair Gray from Scotland and FIH Development Projects Manager, Gabrielle van Doorn. The next workshops will be in America (2001) and Asia (2002).


National hockey associations have only to make a request to receive support of an IHDC in 2001, Hockey's International Year of the Youth (YotY). After preparatory work by correspondence, the IHDC will make two week-long visits to the country. The FIH are prepared to pay the international travel expense and an allowance for the Consultant while the NHA is expected to offer hospitality (local lodging, board and transportation) and, of course, enthusiastic co-operation. The FIH trusts that it will be able to support good national hockey development projects started in YotY 2001 in subsequent years.

Support pledged

Within the framework of "2001, Hockey's International Year of the Youth" national associations are invited to ask immediately for support in organising a National (Youth) Hockey Coaching Course. Two or three neighbouring countries can arrange such a course as a common project.

In principle, the FIH will send a qualified FIH Coach to conduct an intensive week-long course, including theory and practice sessions, for a group of up to 25 coaches. The international travel expenses and daily allowance of the FIH Coach will be paid by the international federation. The FIH will also provide equipment, manuals, etc.

The national hockey association who may well be able to obtain support for the course from its National Olympic Committee (Olympic Solidarity) or other sponsors, would cover local costs. All FIH Coaches are being mobilised to cover the need for qualified conductors of these courses.

Promotion of youth hockey

Considerable effort has been put into the design and organisation of "2001, Hockey's International Year of the Youth". During the Congress, there was an excellent presentation and the official launch of YotY. The DCC hope that they have done and are doing everything to help national associations to attract more young people to our sport and to give them good conditions for enjoying hockey, not only during this year, but also in the future.

Education and Training

Under the group management of Ivan Spedding from Australia, structures and content for the education, training and certification of coaches, umpires and technical officials have been developed. The first CD in a series is now available to all FIH members. This series is going to include manuals for administrators and development officers in national associations and clubs.

A virtual library of all kinds of hockey educational materials (printed, video cassettes, CD's) has now become available world-wide on the FIH web site.


New guidelines for coaching courses, differentiating between development coaching and high performance coaching, have been introduced. Over the last two years, we have organised international and national coaching courses with a total of not less than 1000 participants from 35 countries.

The committee is on its way towards an interactive hockey coaching web side. That will become a chat room where people can ask questions or make suggestions, which will be answered and commented upon by FIH coaches. There are now 60 accredited and active FIH coaches.

Pitches and equipment

Uganda is the latest country to benefit from an FIH subsidy for the installation of a synthetic pitch. The DCC is co-operating with the Equipment Committee which is working on finding solutions and suggestions for developing hockey countries to create more adequate hockey pitches (full size and six-a-side size) and affordable equipment.

Medical Committee

Our committee is preparing for the FIH web site. Among the subjects to be included are: the medical needs for hosts of tournaments and medical preparation for teams before travel-ling. We are in the process of adding a physiotherapy sub-committee. To aid and possibly reduce cost of communi-cation, it is suggested that this group correspond electronically. Other sports have asked us to com-ment on injuries in hockey so that comparison between team sports may be made. Hockey statistics are being tabulated and will be published. Inclement weather guidelines are now available. Out of competition Drug Testing is to continue. Sixty-one pre-Olympic tests all proved negative.

‘‘The Road Back’’

Kathleen R Watson, the Chairman of the Medical Committee, is the author of a new book, in association with Donald MacLaren, called "The Road Back. A Doctor's Recovery from a Traumatic Accident". The cover photograph was by Theo Ykema (Neths), chairman of the FIH Deve-lopment and Coaching Committee.