|International Hockey Federation|
|Formation||7 January 1924|
|Membership||127 member federations|
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 Paris 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 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.
|Chinese Taipei||Hong Kong||India||Indonesia||Iran|
|Tadjikistan||Thailand||Turkmenistan||United Arab Emirates||Uzbekistan|
|American Samoa||Australia||Fiji||Papua New Guinea||New Zealand|
|Solomon Islands||Tonga||Vanuatu||Western Samoa|
|Canada||Cayman Islands||Chile||Costa Rica||Cuba|
|Dominican Republic||Ecuador||El Salvador||Guatemala||Guyana|
|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 Stöckel|
|2008||Pol Amat||Luciana Aymar||Eddie Ockenden||Maartje Paumen|
|2009||Jamie Dwyer||Naomi Van As||Ashley Jackson||Casey Eastham|
|Top 10 Men's Rankings
as of December 14, 2009
|Top 10 Women's Rankings
as of December 15, 2009
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:
If the main tournament has a qualification tournament, its results will also be used in the ranking:
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.