FIH to present first
International Player of the Year award
During 75th Anniversary celebrations

The International Hockey Federation, on the recommendation of its Media and Public Relations Committee, has decided to implement an annual award for the male and female International Player of the Year. The first of these awards will be presented during the FIH's 75th Anniversary celebrations, taking place in October in Alexandria, Egypt.

FIH National Associations will soon be receiving calls for nominations. Nominees will be evaluated by a selection panel, to be chaired by FIH Hon. Secretary General Els van Breda Vriesman, based on a number of criteria, including:

  • Skill, technique
  • Impact on team's performance
  • Tournaments/titles/honours won
  • Personality/Charisma - qualities as an ambassador for hockey
  • Disciplinary record
  • Involvement in hockey off the field of play

The 10-person selection panel will include members of the media, FIH coaches and umpires, and representatives of the FIH Athletes Panel.

The FIH sees the International Player of the Year Award not only as a great opportunity to honour hockey's top athletes, but also, an outstanding way to draw attention to their achievements from the broader sports community.

Hockey Vision 2000 and Beyond, and other 75th Anniversary Plans...

The FIH's strategic plan, Hockey Vision 2000 and beyond, is scheduled to be presented during and Open Forum to be held 27th October in Alexandria, Egypt. Hockey Vision 2000 and Beyond is intended to be a comprehensive framework for hockey's future development, and incorporates all major aspects of the sport and its administration.

The plan was recently progressed further during a "Brainstorming Session" held in Brisbane, Australia during the men's and women's Champions Trophy. Approximately 60 individuals representing nearly all elements of the sport took part in the day-long discussion forum. Facilitated by professional moderator and consultant, Maryanne Mooney, the session sought to gain input from key stakeholders in regard to their ideas about hockey and its future.

Ideas on new initiatives were first sought to get creative juices flowing. Then, participants were asked to consider strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to hockey, based on a number of key subject matters.

Following the session, individuals who had originally authored sections of the presentation are now asked to revise their contributions based on comments received in Brisbane. These, along with Ms. Mooney's input, will be presented in Alexandria in October.

75th Anniversary - Schedule of events

The following activities are being planned in celebration of the FIH's 75th Anniversary, which will take place during the Mediterranean Cup in Alexandria, Egypt. Schedule is subject to change.

25th October - Committee meetings; 26th October - Committee meetings, arrival of member associations and Council members; Presidents Forum, Official Dinner and presentation of the FIH International Player of the Year Awards (male and female); 27th October - Open forum, Hockey Vision 2000 and Beyond; Exhibition matches (to be confirmed), President's 11 select vs. Netherlands (men) and Australia (women); 28th October - Executive Board meeting; 29th October- Council meeting.