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World Masters Hockey (WMH) project approved!!!
(See WMH Page for details)
The WMH will replace the existing IMHA and WGMA and take full responsibility for organising and sanctioning all Masters Hockey post 2018. This was agreed by the FIH, IMHA & WGMA at the 2016 FIH Congress in Dubai and in August 2017, the memberships of both the IMHA and WGMA approved the setting up of the WMH. Working parties have been set up and will begin their set tasks over the coming weeks. Visit our WMH page to keep up to date with developments through the newsletter links.
(See Tournament Page for details)
Following the success of the first ever IMHA Indoor World Cup in Krefeld, Deutschland and the 2017 IMHA European Championships held in Tilburg, Nederlands, detailed planning is in full swing with regard to the 2018 IMHA World Championships to be held in Terrassa, near Barcelona, 27th July – 5th August. There will be a tournament for Women’s 60+ teams, who wish to play alongside their younger colleagues in Terrassa as per the 2016 IMHA Congress decision regarding women’s 60+ membership of the IMHA. Click here for more information and background.
Bids to host the 2019 WMH World Indoor Cup have been received. The WMH ‘Events’ working party will consider these and make a decision regarding their feasibility.
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 in the 35 – 60 age groups.
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 70.
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.