Hockey World News

  • Great Britains Emily Defroand Retires from International HockeyGreat Britains Emily Defroand Retires from International Hockey
    England Hockey and Great Britain Hockey are sad to announce that Emily Defroand is set to retire from international hockey. Having suffered several serious injuries in recent years, Emily has taken the difficult decision to step away from the Great Britain centralised programme for the benefit of her long-term health… Read more »
  • Hockey Australia name Kookaburras side for Tokyo 2020 OlympicsHockey Australia name Kookaburras side for Tokyo 2020 Olympics
    Kookaburras team named for Tokyo Olympics The Australian Olympic Committee has announced the Kookaburras team who will represent Australia in men’s hockey at Tokyo 2020. Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo Ian Chesterman attended the announcement at the Western Australian Institute in Perth, confirming to 16… Read more »
  • Hockey Australia Announce Hockeyroos Tokyo Olympic SquadHockey Australia Announce Hockeyroos Tokyo Olympic Squad
    ‘A lot of talent’ in Hockeyroos Olympic team Eight debutants, seven dual Olympians and one heading to her third Games. The Australian Olympic Committee has announced the Hockeyroos team for Tokyo 2020. Among the 16 athletes named in the team, 28 year old Emily Chalker will compete at her third… Read more »
  • Orange extends European Championship title after 2-0 win over GermanyOrange extends European Championship title after 2-0 win over Germany
    The Orange squad became European champion for the eleventh time in history on Sunday afternoon. In the European Championship final against Germany, the Netherlands was once again under pressure, but a goal by Frédérique Matla four minutes before the end meant the liberation (2-0). The Wagener Stadium exploded. Dancing, cuddling and partying,… Read more »
  • World record: eighth title in a row for the Orange under AnnanWorld record: eighth title in a row for the Orange under Annan
    There is no end to the success series of the Orange Ladies. The victory in the European Championship final against Germany on Sunday (2-0) meant the eighth (!) international title in a row for the team of national coach Alyson Annan. With this, the Dutch women have equaled a world record. The victory march… Read more »
  • European Championship Day 10: Belgium grabs European Championship bronze after victory over Spain
    The Belgians won the bronze medal at the European Championships in the Wagener Stadium on Sunday. Raoul Ehren’s team was a lot stronger than the Spanish team in the consolation final and won 3-1. It is a great achievement for Ehren with the Belgian squad as head coach.  The goal that Barbara… Read more »
  • Scotland’s Forsyth hit with sucker punch in GB omissionScotland’s Forsyth hit with sucker punch in GB omission
    As we see on a near-daily basis now, national coaches are nominating their teams for the Tokyo Olympics, teams and players that the coach feels have the best chance of winning an Olympic gold medal… So when we look at the leaked squad of what Danny Kerry has selected as… Read more »
  • Euro Day 8: Men of Russia and Wales share the pointsEuro Day 8: Men of Russia and Wales share the points
    Wales needed twelve goals against Russia to knock France from the second place in group C. The group in which they compete for a World Cup ticket. That premise was not very realistic for Wales. The team defended a lead for a long time, but in the end the runs were shared:… Read more »
  • Netherlands march on to the European Cup FinalNetherlands march on to the European Cup Final
    Despite a lot of goodwill and some great possibilities, the Belgian players did not manage to surprise the Netherlands who will play their 4th consecutive European final. After having brilliantly secured their place in the last four, the Panthers could approach this derby of the flat countries without any pressure. Indeed,… Read more »
  • England 1 point from World Cup Qualification after Ireland WinEngland 1 point from World Cup Qualification after Ireland Win
    EuroHockey Championship – Women Pool C Ireland 1 England 5 England took a big step towards securing fifth place and World Cup qualification, coming back from a 1-0 first quarter deficit to beat Ireland 5-1 and secure their position at the top of Pool C. Having carried forward a 4-0… Read more »



  • We are hiring! Education & Development Coordinator
    We are hiring an Education and Development Coordinator to work alongside our Head National Association Development, Education, and Funding for the delivery of our world-class educational framework. The European Hockey Federation (EHF) is the governing body for all hockey, indoor and outdoor inEurope, representing over 40 Member National Associations.This position… Read more »
  • ABN AMRO draw and fixture schedule confirmedABN AMRO draw and fixture schedule confirmed
    The ABN AMRO EHL Cup 2021 draw was made at the Wagener Stadium this week at the EuroHockey Championships with the match-ups confirmed for the event in late September and early October. In addition to the draw, the match schedule for the competitions – which will take place in KHC… Read more »
  • Double Dutch as the Netherlands make it three women’s titles in a row
    Women’s EuroHockey Championship Final: Netherlands 2 (M Keetels, F Matla) Germany 0 The Netherlands fought off a huge German challenge to win their third successive women’s EuroHockey Championship title, making it 11 victories in 15 editions of the continent’s top competition. It came courtesy of a goal in each half… Read more »
  • Pool C Roundup, EuroHockey Championship, Women
    On the penultimate day at the EuroHockey Championship Women, the final direct qualification to the FIH World Cup has been filled by England. ********* Women’s EuroHockey Championships Pool C Ireland 3 (A O’Flanagan 2, Z Malseed) Italy 0 Ireland finished their EuroHockey Championship campaign with a flourish as Anna O’Flanagan’s… Read more »
  • The Netherlands lift the EuroHockey Championship Cup!
    FINAL: Germany 2 (C Rühr, S Ctaib) Netherlands 2 (R Kemperman, J Janssen), Netherlands win shoot-out 4-1 The Netherlands dug as deep as they could possibly go to dig the men’s EuroHockey Championship title out of the fire, equalising with time gone dead and then prevailing with a perfect shoot-out.… Read more »
  • Round-up 11th June, EuroHockey Championship, men
    Spain may have lost the battle but they won the war as their 3-2 loss to France was enough to keep them top of Pool C and earn a World Cup ticket. France took sixth as a result while Wales finished seventh after their 3-3 draw with Russia. ************** Men’s… Read more »
  • Joost Vettorato has today been awarded the prestigious EHF President’s Award
    The EHF is delighted to announce that the KNHB Events Director, Joost Vettorato has today been awarded the prestigious EHF President’s Award in recognition of extraordinary service to European Hockey.  Presenting the award Marijke said “Whilst Joost and his team have been cooperating with the EHF for many years, especially… Read more »
  • Roundup: 11th June EuroHockey Championships, women’s semi-finals
    The Netherlands and Germany set up a sixth women's EuroHockey Championship final meeting as both fought their way through tough semi-finals, getting the best of Belgium and Spain, respectively. They will meet on Sunday in the final at 12.30pm (CET) with the bronze match at 10am (CET). The post Roundup:… Read more »
  • EHF Executive Board meets
    The EHF Executive Board meets today (11th June) face to face for most of the Board who have been able to travel to Amsterdam during the EuroHockey Championships (under strict covid restrictions). Agenda: Presidents welcome  Finance Report  Competitions Report EHL Update Outdoor Clubs Update Development and Education Report Commercial Report… Read more »
  • Roundup: 10th June EuroHockey Championships, men’s semi-finals
    Germany and the Netherlands won through to the men's EuroHockey Championship semi-finals as they shaded two high octane battles against England and reigning champions Belgium, respectively. The Germans advanced with a 3-2 win over the English while the Dutch needed a shoot-out against the Red Lions. The post Roundup: 10th… Read more »

The Hockeypaper

  • Luxembourg aim high with Olympic hockey hopes
    Luxembourg’s only hockey side scored its first goal on the European stage in 2019. Now, they have fanciful aspirations of making it to the Olympics after the club’s “momentous year”. Richard Bright reports Casting minds back to a time when tournaments were allowed at the EuroHockey Club Challenge IV, Hockey… Read more »
  • Netherlands women select enlarged Olympic hockey squad after injuries
    World and European champions the Netherlands will travel to the Tokyo Olympics with a starting cast of 21 players as coach Alyson Annan sweats overs injury recovery to some key players. Annan announced her squad on Tuesday as she sets about regaining the Olympic women’s title next month in Japan.… Read more »
  • Reader’s research into oldest women’s hockey league in UK
    A Hockey Paper reader believes that he has found the oldest women’s hockey league in the UK still in existence. Scott Evans is conducting research into women’s league hockey – which was fervent in the north of England 100 years ago – and says that a Bolton league over a… Read more »
  • Can Home Nations annual hockey series return to calendar?
    The recent clamour for a return to regular fixtures or an annual series between the home nations has been welcomed by Ireland and Wales. In a recent poll conducted by The Hockey Paper, 84 per cent of readers wanted to see a 4 Nations home series fixture between England, Wales,… Read more »
  • Lack of English hockey’s media coverage rears its head once more
    It started with a daily video blog countdown and ended with a picket outside the Daily Telegraph offices. A decade ago, a committed rugby league fan travelled down to London on a cold November morning, armed with a spoof four-page Telegraph mock-up. His mission? To complain about the lack of… Read more »
  • Emily Defroand retires from international hockey after injuries
    Emily Defroand, an ever popular member of the GB women’s squad, has been forced to retire from international hockey aged 26. England Hockey announced the news on Tuesday and said that Defroand was retiring “for the benefit of her long-term health and wellbeing” after suffering several injuries in recent seasons… Read more »
  • ‘Player-coach relationship is critical to success’
    Tips from the top | Jen Wilson Teams I have worked with who have been successful with the balance is a good relationship with players. It’s about making sure that the players know you care about them. It’s not only about the hockey, they are people also. Having that link… Read more »
  • Property developer helps boost Triton hockey’s future
    When Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) announced its intention to sell the Alsager campus in East Cheshire for a housing development, so began a concerted effort to keep sports facilities on the site, writes Richard Bright. MMU sold to David Wilson Homes, with one stipulation being that the developer would contribute… Read more »
  • British-born talent makes Australia’s Hockeyroos Olympic squad
    British-born rising star Amy Lawton has been named in the Hockeyroos squad for the Tokyo Games after the 19-year-old’s stellar decade rise through the ranks. Lawton was born in Worthing, Sussex before moving to Australia aged seven. Ten years later, after representing her state in the Victorian under-12s team, she… Read more »
  • Euro Hockey 2021: Best goals, final positions, top scorers and players of the tournament
    The 2021 European Championships finished with a Dutch double at the Wagener Stadium, a tournament which will be remembered for some crazy matches, surprise results and, more importantly, for the event to be staged at all amid the pandemic. Here, we select 11 of the best goals of the Euros… Read more »

The Dragflick

  • 🇪🇸Spain: Coach Fred Soyez names probables for training camp
    The Spanish men’s senior team have returned to training.  For this, Fred Soyez; national coach, has made public the list of probable’s to continue with the preparation of the next Olympic Games in Tokyo. All of them are divided into two working groups; one in Madrid and one in Barcelona.… Read more »
  • 🇪🇺Euro Hockey: 2022 EuroHockey Indoor Championship events
    The 2022 EuroHockey Indoor Championships ( Men and Women) will take place on the following dates at the venues stated. Participating nations have qualified for each division based on their final ranking from the 2020 competition. Men’s Indoor Championship – Germany (venue to be announced) – 12-16 January 2022 * … Read more »
  • 🇪🇺Euro Hockey: Key matters discussed at the EHF Board Meeting
    On 19th September 2020, EHF President Marijke Fleuren addressed the EHF Board meeting online via a webinar.  Presidents Welcome The webinar began by the President welcoming everyone. Marijke expressed her regret that we were not able to all meet together in Berlin as planned but hoped that we will all… Read more »
  • 🔷Scotland: European draws revealed
    Scotland`s European representatives now know their fate in Europe as the draws for the various tournaments were revealed. Grange will once again take part in the elite EHL, this season it will be confined to a single competition over Easter at a venue yet to be confirmed. The tournament is… Read more »
  • ♓FIH: Next FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup postponed to early 2022
    Lausanne, Switzerland: Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic still going on, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and the Belgian Hockey Association have jointly decided to postpone the upcoming FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup – initially scheduled to be played in February 2021 – to 2-6 February 2022, in order to… Read more »
  • 🍀Ireland : EY Hockey League Returns
    The first round of the EY Hockey League (EYHL) gets underway this weekend on the 26th of September. After a sudden end to last year’s league due to COVID-19 causing the 2019/20 season to be declared null and void, the all-island EYHL will see Ireland’s top ten male and top ten… Read more »
  • 🍀Ireland : Irish Senior Cup to be Live Streamed on Pundit Arena
    Hockey Ireland is excited to finally see the Irish Senior Cup take place in Lisnagarvey Hockey Club, Hillsborough Co. Down, this Saturday 19th of September. The Irish Senior Cup Women’s match will take place at 13:00, with Pegasus taking on UCD, while the Men’s match gets underway at 16:30 with Lisnagarvey… Read more »
  • 🇵🇰Pakistan : National Assembly Standing Committee wants PHF to be included on the PSB Board
    A National Assembly Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coord­ination (IPC) has suggested the government to include the national game – Hockey as part of policy-making board of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB). National Assembly Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coord­ination (IPC), met MNA Agha Hassan Baloch in the chair at the Parliament House… Read more »
  • 🏷️Birmingham 2022 : University of Birmingham unveiled as official partner for 2022 Commonwealth Games
    The University of Birmingham has been unveiled as an official partner for , signing the most comprehensive university partnership agreement in the history of the Commonwealth Games. The University will be a competition venue for both hockey and squash, the principal campus village during the Games (as announced last month) and… Read more »
  • 🗼Tokyo Olympics : Japan to require COVID-19 tests for athletes
    Organizers of next year’s delayed Olympic Games will require coronavirus tests of foreign athletes upon their arrival in Japan, draft measures released on Wednesday show. Japanese athletes and other participants living in Japan will face the same requirements, according to the measures, which are still being discussed. Although foreign athletes… Read more »

Self Pass

  • 2020, the ‘takeaway’ year
    For most of us, 2020 was far from pleasant.Regardless of your occupation or location, the corona crisis has had an enormous impact on everyone’s life, both directly and indirectly. Whether you realize it or not. This might not be a year you want to remember but it is surely one… Read more »
  • Hockey during Wartime!
    History has a long tradition of linking sports and war. Sport might have started some wars, avoided others and was even caught-up in the middle of others. We are all currently in a ‘silent war’ against this damn Corona Virus and once again, sports have an important social and cultural… Read more »
  • Hockey5s Madness!
    Hockey means a lot to me.  It represents memories, personal and professional development, achievement and overcoming all sorts of challenges.  Hockey and sports in general, offer the opportunity of dreaming. Personally, some of those dreams did come true: To meet some of my idols growing up, to live and work… Read more »
  • The Irishman ‘case’
    I’ve once heard the Dutch umpire Coen van Bunge, stating that: ‘Hockey could be something in-between Football (soccer) and Rugby’. Coen was specifically talking about umpiring styles and communication. I liked and totally ‘bought into’ that idea. I like the balance between those 2 sports different cultures, I thought that… Read more »
  • Building-up in ‘Slang’Building-up in ‘Slang’
    (Slang: a type of language consisting of words and phrases that are regarded as very informal, more common in speech than writing and typically restricted to a particular context or group of people.) Mathias Mueller: ‘When there are restarts from the back, in the moment that you pass the ball,… Read more »
  • EHL – Reflections from “Pau Negre” stand | Carlos García Cuenca
    A few weeks ago I received a call from my friend Bernardo Fernandes in which he proposed the idea of collaborating with Self-Pass during the EHL KO16 and KO08 stages in Barcelona, my affirmative response was immediate. For nothing in the world I’d miss this event that so many joys… Read more »
  • A lighthouse called EHL
    In my sunny hometown Cascais, there is this lighthouse called Farol de Santa Marta. I have always thought of it as a beautiful and meaningful building.  It literally and figuratively enlightens, shows the way, it was a reference for the those at sea but also for the ones inland.  It’s tall… Read more »
  • Fading Playgrounds
    ‘There was formerly a capacity for light-heartedness and play which has been to some extent inhibited by the cult of efficiency. The modern man thinks that everything ought to be done for the sake of something else, and never for its own sake.’ This quote from the late British philosopher… Read more »
  • The Players Voice – Mental approach of Drag Flick
    There is already (some) information available out there about different drag flick techniques and exercises, but like in so many areas of such a rich tactical and technical game like hockey, I was curious to listen about the mental approach of such a special area of the game.Decided to ask… Read more »
  • Indoor Hockey is S.E.X.Y.Indoor Hockey is S.E.X.Y.
        I adore the game of indoor hockey… Who doesn’t?! But I am also convinced that is a fundamental tool to develop and promote the ‘mother’ sport field hockey at a world scale. The enthusiasm and passion about indoor hockey is currently shared by so many people around the… Read more »


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