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The International Hockey Federation (Fédération Internationale de Hockey sur Gazon, or FIH) is the global governing body for the sport of field hockey, which is known simply as hockey in many countries.

The FIH was founded in January 7, 1924 in Parismarker by Paul Léautey, who became the first president, in response to hockey's omission from the programme of the 1924 Summer Olympics. The seven founding members were Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Hungary, Spain and Switzerland. The FIH soon grew to have many members and achieve international recognition. In 1982, the FIH merged with the IFWHA (International Federation of Women's Hockey Associations), which had been founded in 1927 by Australia, Denmark, England, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, the United States and Wales.

The organisation is based in Lausannemarker since 2005, having moved from Brusselsmarker. The current president is Leandro Negre from Spainmarker, who was elected on November 29, 2008 in Los Angeles, Californiamarker.

Member associations

The FIH consists of five continental associations and 127 member associations, in cooperation to promote and develop the sport. Geographically, there are 17 from Africa, 30 from Asia, 45 from Europe, 9 from Oceania and 26 from the Americas.

Botswana Egypt Ghana Kenya Libya
Malawi Morocco Namibia Nigeria Seychelles
South Africa Sudan Tanzania Togo Uganda
Zambia Zimbabwe
Afghanistan Bangladesh Brunei Cambodia China
Chinese Taipei Hong Kong India Indonesia Iran
Japan Kazakhstan Korea Korea Macau
Malaysia Mongolia Myanmar Nepal Oman
Pakistan Philippines Qatar Singapore Sri Lanka
Tadjikistan Thailand Turkmenistan United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan
Armenia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium
Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark
England Estonia Finland France Georgia
Germany Gibraltar Greece Great Britain Hungary
Ireland Israel Italy Latvia Lithuania
Luxembourg Macedonia Malta Moldova Netherlands
Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia
Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain
Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine Wales
American Samoa Australia Fiji Papua New Guinea New Zealand
Solomon Islands Tonga Vanuatu Western Samoa
Pan American
Argentina Bahamas Barbados Bermuda Brazil
Canada Cayman Islands Chile Costa Rica Cuba
Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Guatemala Guyana
Jamaica Mexico Netherlands Antilles Panama Paraguay
Peru Puerto Rico Trinidad & Tobago United States Uruguay


The FIH organises the five major international field hockey events, including the Indoor World Cup which was introduced in 2003:


Like football, there are two hockey awards given annually from 1998, men and women. From 2001, another two awards were introduced for junior players (under-21) for men and women, named Young Men and Young Women.

Year Men Women Young Men Young Women
1998 Stephan Veen Alyson Annan
1999 Jay Stacy Natascha Keller
2000 Stephan Veen Alyson Annan
2001 Florian Kunz Luciana Aymar Tibor Weißenborn Angie Skirving
2002 Michael Green Cecilia Rognoni Jamie Dwyer Agustina García
2003 Teun de Nooijer Mijntje Donners Grant Schubert Maartje Scheepstra
2004 Jamie Dwyer Luciana Aymar Santi Freixa Agustina García
2005 Teun de Nooijer Luciana Aymar Robert van der Horst Maartje Goderie
2006 Teun de Nooijer Minke Booij Christopher Zeller Park Mi-hyun
2007 Jamie Dwyer Luciana Aymar Mark Knowles Maike Stoickel
2008 Pol Amat Luciana Aymar Eddie Ockenden Maartje Paumen

World ranking

Top 10 Men's Rankings

as of September 01, 2009
Rank Team Points
1 2580
2 2365
3 2195
4 2108
5 2003
6 1765
7 1710
8 1488
9 1263
10 1147

Top 10 Women's Rankings

as of October 20, 2009
Rank Team Points
1 2190
2 1980
3 1810
4 1780
5 1728
6 1553
7 1408
8 1405
9 1333
10 1213

The world ranking is used to determined the seeded entries for the international field hockey tournaments including qualification tournament, and the previous four years' international results are used in the points calculation.

Below are the tournaments whose results are used for the points calculation:
  • Olympic Games
  • World Cup
  • Champions Trophy
  • Champions Challenge
  • Continental federation Championships

If the main tournament has a qualification tournament, its results will also be used in the ranking:
  • 25 percent of total points won in year one
  • 50 percent of total points won in year two
  • 75 percent of total points won in year three
  • 100 percent of total points won in year four
  • Continental championships based on the final placing

For continental championships points, because Asian, European and Oceania have a higher overall standard of competition, they awarded 500 points for the first place finisher as opposed to African and Pan American which are only awarded 375 points for first place finisher. Lower places may also receive different numbers of ranking points.

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