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World Masters Hockey (WMH) 

Click ‘WMH’ on this website’s menus for updates on the setting up of the WMH which will replace the IMHA and WGMA in 2019. 

The development of the WMH was recently stalled following a number of negative communications between WGMA and FIH. IMHA was not involved or included in these, but has been affected by the  outcome of decisions made. It was sad that  IMHA’s views on the project were not taken into account.  FIH funding for WMH has been stopped and the 2 Masters Organisations have until 31st July 2019 to set up the WMH. Disappointed though the IMHA was with these developments, it was pleased to receive a very positive letter from the WGMA President on the 16th Nov 2018. This letter indicated a willingness to re-engage in the discussions to set up the WMH. The IMHA President’s response is copied below.

“Greetings to our friends in the world-wide Hockey Family,

I cannot tell you how happy the IMHA has been to receive such a positive communication from the WGMA. The IMHA wholeheartedly agrees that it is vital that the WMH is built upon the strong foundations of an efficient and effective management structure based upon experience, the principles of transparency of decision making, good governance, gender equality and recognition of the future needs of Masters Hockey across the world. The programme of development and articles of Association already agreed by the WMH Interim Board and the FIH EB will ensure that we can all be relaxed about the safe hands guiding the WMH in its early days of existence. Much praise is due to the  Chairs and members of the 4 working parties for their contributions to this process and the future direction of the WMH.

I, personally, am very pleased that the WGMA has not withdrawn from the development of the WMH, as it would be a travesty if either of the present Masters Associations were not there to ensure that the good things that have evolved over the last few decades are enshrined in the soul of the WMH. As Wim has stated on a number of occasions, we have completed 80% of the tasks required to allow the WMH to replace the IMHA and WGMA, no later than the 1st August 2019, so this shared urgency to complete the final 20% before both organisations are de-recognised by FIH is obviously very important. I am confident that the WGMA proposals will be focused upon the remaining 20% of the tasks to be completed and so I look forward to receiving a copy of these this week so that I may give them the serious consideration they deserve in advance of my meeting with Wim in Rotterdam.

Kindest regards

Whatever the outcome to that meeting, IMHA will continue to meet the timetables set out by the FIH. IMHA will work with WGMA providing the views of the IMHA Board are respected and the WGMA demonstrates a willingness to compromise in areas of contention. To date IMHA has made all the compromises to keep the project alive. 


2019 European Championships (35+ 40+ & 45+)

This tournament will run from 22nd-31st July at Hockey Club Rotterdam who previously hosted the 2014 World Cup. The new ‘Spirit of Masters’ open tournament for European and non-European teams will take place alongside the usual European Cup tournament. Go to  www.

2019 European Championships (50+ & 55+)

Germany will host this tournament from 8th – 17th August 2019 in Krefeld. The new ‘Spirit of Masters’ open tournament for European and non-European teams will take place alongside the usual European Cup tournament. More details will follow. 

2019 WMH Indoor World Cup (Hong Kong):

Team lists are being drawn up and the match scheduling will begin shortly.  Ensure your team is fully registered so as not to miss out on this important event 14th – 17th February.  This is open to all age groups from 35+ – 60+. Click the ‘Tournaments’ page to see the ‘Flyer’ advertising the event. Don’t miss out. 


Mouth Injury Research

This project is on-going and the IMHA are delighted to continue the partnership with the Dutch  research team. The project still needs data from all over the world. Please help them to help us look after our teeth & gums playing the game we love. The results could impact upon the quality of future hockey equipment. Spread the word………..

Click on ‘SHOT Appeal Letter’ for background information. Click on ‘SHOT Survey’  or use your phone scanner on the QR Code to directly access the questionnaire.

SHOT Appeal Letter    –      SHOT Survey





The International Masters Hockey Association (IMHA) was formed in 2007 to administer and to promote international field hockey for men and women for 35 years of age and over.


Originally, countries around the Pacific Rim held fledgling Masters tournaments, but as European nations embraced the concept, it was realised that a global organisation was needed.


 In 2008 the IMHA was formally recognised by the Federation International de Hockey (FIH) as the official body for Masters Hockey age groups from 35+.


The main aim of the IMHA is to promote and develop international tournaments for Masters Hockey players of all hockey nations, not only for elite players selected for their country, but also for those who want to compete against Masters players of a similar standard from other countries.

From a starting point of a few teams from the original five Pacific Rim countries, the number of teams competing in IMHA tournaments has grown to over 120.

When IMHA tournaments take place close to venues for major events on the FIH Calendar, IMHA players can play in their own competitions and then watch world class hockey.

In 2014 the IMHA became a limited company registered in Scotland in the UK.