Hockey World News

  • Annan adds to Legend status with Tokyo GoldAnnan adds to Legend status with Tokyo Gold
    Now that the dust has settled after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, among the celebrations of medals a Hockeyroos legend has made history. After guiding the all-conquering Netherlands Women’s Team to gold in Tokyo, Alyson Annan became the first woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal in hockey as a player… Read more »
  • Retirements & coaching switches dominate post-Tokyo 2020Retirements & coaching switches dominate post-Tokyo 2020
    It is just over four weeks since the conclusion of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and as usual, the landscape has been dominated by news of athletes across all sports deciding to retire and lower the curtain on their stellar international careers.   Hockey has been no different, with some of… Read more »
  • A new era for the Red LionsA new era for the Red Lions
    The Red Lions deadlines do not wait. Even for the gold medalists in Tokyo who will take to the pitch, just 39 days after their Olympic coronation. Indeed, on October 16 and 17, Belgium will start its new Pro League campaign, at Uccle Sport, against Germany.  A first meeting that the successor… Read more »
  • Ireland’s women back to work as World Cup qualifiers approachIreland’s women back to work as World Cup qualifiers approach
    Ireland’s Green Army filtered back into camp next week following a month’s break in the wake of their maiden Olympic campaign as October’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Italy quickly come into view.   The event will take place in Pisa from October 21st to 24th with eight teams taking part… Read more »
  • Lachlan Sharp Signs for AmsterdamLachlan Sharp Signs for Amsterdam
    Amsterdam stuns at the last minute before the start of the competition by attracting Lachlan Sharp.  The 24-year-old international was one of the stars in the Australian squad that won silver at the Tokyo Games this summer. Sharp says in a comment that he is looking forward to playing together at… Read more »
  • India dominate Star Award nominationsIndia dominate Star Award nominations
    Indian Drag-flickers Harmanpreet Singh, Gurjit Kaur and goalkeeper PR Sreejesh nominated for FIH annual awards The Indian men’s team head coach Graham Reid and women’s team counterpart Sjoerd Marijne were among three nominees for FIH Coach of the Year award for men and women. The Indian men’s hockey team drag-flicker… Read more »
    After every Olympics, international hockey witnesses a spate of retirements. Tokyo 2020 was no different. No sooner than the Games ended, many a stalwart announced retirement from the international game. Their adieu would have come a year ago had the Olympics, affected by the Covid-19 pandemic as all else, not… Read more »
  • SoftCo Extends Ireland PartnershipSoftCo Extends Ireland Partnership
    Hockey Ireland is delighted to announce that SoftCo is extending its partnership with the Irish Senior Women’s Hockey Team, and in addition, SoftCo will also become the main sponsor for the Under-21 and Under-23 Development Squads. Following the team’s success over the past number of years with the World Cup… Read more »
    Eight SV Arminen players helped Austria to EuroHockey Championship II gold as they won gold in Gniezno, Poland via a shoot-out against Scotland. Dominic Uher, Daniel Fröhlich, Lorenz Klimon, Alex Bele, Robert Bele, Mateusz Szymczyk, Michael Minar and Fulop Losonci were all part of the side that took glory. The… Read more »
  • Scotland Win Silver and Secure World Cup Qualifier Spot
    Scotland win silver at men’s EuroHockey Championship II Scotland 1 (S. Walker) Austria 1 (D. Uher) Austria win the shootout 7-6 Scotland took the silver medal at Men’s EuroHockey Championship II after Austria won a dramatic shootout 7-6 following 1-1 draw. Struan Walker scored for Scotland during the match, but… Read more »



  • 2021 EuroHockey Championships, Final Ranking
    Following completion of the 2021 EuroHockey Championships (Men and Women), the final ranking, promotion and relegation positions are confirmed as follows: Men’s Championship, Amsterdam (NED), 4-13 June 2021 Final Ranking Netherlands – European Champions Germany Belgium England Spain France Wales Russia Men’s Championship II, Gniezno (POL), 15-21 August 2021 Final… Read more »
  • EuroHockey Club Championships 2021- UPDATED
    Updated: 16th September 2021  We are delighted to update the 2021 EuroHockey Club events, all hosts have re-offered to host (apart from the EuroHockey Club Trophy (TBC). Please see below the confirmed dates and venues. Previously announced: The EHF is delighted to announce the venues for our EuroHockey club events… Read more »
  • Gino Schilders is awarded the EHF Diploma of Merit
    During the EuroHockey Championship II in Prague, the EHF President, Marijke Fleuren had the pleasure of awarding Gino Schilders, President of Czech Hockey, with the EHF Diploma of Merit Award. Gino, a Dutch national, who arrived for an adventure in the Czech Republic over 30 years ago, and is now… Read more »
  • EHF Executive Board report – September 2021
    EHF Executive Board Report, September 11th, 2021 EHF Executive Board meeting took place via video conference on Saturday 11th September 2021. President’s Welcome The President, Marijke Fleuren, welcomed everyone to the fourth Executive Board meeting. She started to say thank you to Carola Morgenstern – Meyer for her enormous contribution… Read more »
  • EHF Executive Board meeting, 11th September 2021
    The EHF Executive Board will meet via Webinar on Saturday 11th September, 09.30 – 11.00 CET with a short agenda ahead of the 33rd General Assembly. The main agenda items are: President’s welcome General Assembly update Competitions Club Competition update EHC 2023 Director-General Report and update EHTV+ EHL World Cup… Read more »
  • 16 teams qualify for the FIH Hockey World Cup – European Qualifier, Men and Women 2021
    Following the conclusion of the EuroHockey Championships and Championships II, the EHF is delighted to announce the teams that are qualified for the FIH Hockey World Cup, European Qualifier, men and women from 21st – 24th October 2021. Men:Qualified from the EuroHockey Championship in Amsterdam in June:France, Russia, and WalesQualified… Read more »
  • Day 5 Roundup EuroHockey Championship II, m, Gniezno
    Following the rest day yesterday, the action restarted here in Gniezno where every game today would matter. Pool C: The Pool C games started the day, with a World Cup qualification place still up for grabs, these games were played in an uptempo, competitive manner. Match 13: Croatia v Switzerland… Read more »
  • 2022 EuroHockey Junior Championships – UPDATE
    The 2022 EuroHockey Junior 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 2019 competition. Speaking about the joint hosting of the EuroHockey Junior Championships for men and women in… Read more »
  • Day 4 Roundup EuroHockey Championship II, m, Gniezno
    Today decided not only the semi-final and pool c slots here in Gniezno, but in addition the four teams now qualified for the EHF World Cup Qualification event in Wales at the end of October are The final place is still up for grabs and that will be allocated to… Read more »
  • Roundup Day 4 – EuroHockey Championship II, w, 2021
    Day 4 here in Prague saw the final games of the A/B Pools. Coming into the day France and Wales had secured a place in the semis, so there was plenty to play for and some exciting games. Russia 5-0 Lithuania With just 2 goals from 22 penalty corners in… Read more »

The Hockeypaper

  • England Hockey Premier Division hockey returns at last
    The English Hockey Premier Divisions kick off this weekend, nearly 11 months after the last round of fixtures and the hope that a full season can be completed following last year’s curtailment. This season the Premier Divisions are made up of 11 teams. Teams will play each other once before… Read more »
  • What will it take to change English domestic hockey perceptions?
    In 1988, Sean Kerly returned from the Seoul Olympics as a gold medallist ahead of a new national league. He ventured down to Devon with Southgate for a clash against Ottery St Mary before a crowd of 2,000, scored a hat-trick and was on his way to securing a free… Read more »
  • Surbiton women aim high for domestic and European hockey success
    Surbiton women will be favourites for yet another Premier Division title after seven consecutive wins prior to last season’s cancellation. Speaking ahead of the Premier Division openers this weekend, captain Sarah Evans put that dominance to club ethic, coach Brett Garrard and the Colts set-up. While Surbiton are no strangers… Read more »
  • FIH Pro League set for new additions as Australia, New Zealand pull out
    Up to four replacement teams are set to be invited into Season 3 of the FIH Hockey Pro League after Australia and New Zealand pulled out of all international competition until July 2022. The two nations, both set to travel to London for Pro League games, cited the ongoing pandemic… Read more »
  • England Hockey’s new dawn is here – and GMS can move the sport forwards
    The biggest governance change in two decades is upon us – once the Game Management System issues are ironed out A new club season yields new hope. For English domestic hockey, 2021/22 – which kicks off this weekend when the Premier Division returns after 11 months – represents one of… Read more »
  • Beeston ready for Premier Division tussles after pandemic hit
    Beeston HC will start the season with four national league sides and five pitches – now billed as the largest hockey centre in the world outside Holland – as the Nottingham club aims to bounce back from the pandemic. The club says it has lost £50,000 in sponsorship over the… Read more »
  • The first floodlit international hockey match
    The Hockey Museum’s Mike Haymonds on floodlit hockey and an undiscovered Olympic team The first floodlit international hockey match took place on the October 25 1955 at the Arsenal Football Club’s stadium at Highbury, London. The match was organised by the AEWHA to celebrate their 60th anniversary and was very… Read more »
  • Buckingham await full season before Premier Division verdict
    Buckingham women’s coach on league restructure, new women’s sponsor and fears over league rejig creating ‘closed top six’ Zak Jones, Buckingham women’s coach, is expecting another “really interesting” season in the Premier Division following last season’s curtailment. With a new sponsor in wine outfit Laithwaites and European indoor club action… Read more »
  • Will we ever lift the domestic game to raise hockey attendances?
    As our #watchyour1s campaign gets set to return for a second season, domestic fan IAN SWINDELLS hopes that those that watch GB home games can be converted regularly to the Premier Division Well another domestic season begins on the back of another successful Olympics for Great Britain women at Tokyo… Read more »
  • Holcombe looking to grow crowds, TV platform and professionalism
    Top Kent side on installing cameras, the sport going professional and attracting crowds back to hockey Holcombe chairman Brian Field believes that his club is ready for what will hopefully be a full season ahead in the men’s Premier Division. The Kent side have a couple of substantial goals which will allow the… Read more »

The Dragflick

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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