2018 World Cup Terrassa 27 July – 5 August
Our Spanish and Catalan hosts have confirmed that planning and preparation for what will probably be the largest ever IMHA tournament, is at an advanced stage. Invitations to register have been sent out and all interested countries should contact the IMHA with regard to entry and accommodation. A website has been set up for this purpose and can be accessed at: http://wcmasters2018.eu/
2017 European Cup Tilburg 11 – 19 August
This IMHA tournament comprised 63 teams and was a huge success. The competition was fierce on the pitch, but the usual camaraderie off the park was as enjoyable as ever. Tournament Website: https://www.ecmasters2017.eu/
The first ever Masters Indoor World Cup was held in Krefeld, Deutschland for Men and Women’s teams at the 40+ and 50+ age groups. New countries like Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and Denmark joined the IMHA to take part in this event. The high quality of the hockey and the exciting matches were a revelation given the age groups. Plans are in place to select the host for the 2019 Indoor World Cup.
The very first Panam Masters tournament was held in Buenos Aires for men and women from 35 years and upwards. Paraguay, Uruguay and a number of regional Masters Hockey teams from Argentina competed against each other over 4 days. The tournament was so successful that planning has begun for another tournament at the end of 2017. More information to follow.
2016 World Cup, Canberra 29 March – 9 April
Australia hosted the 2016 World Cup in Canberra and this proved to be a very successful event even though the travel costs and its timing reduced the number of teams taking part. Despite this, the tournament set new records by including teams from the 35+ age group for the very first time.
2015 European Cup, London 21-29 August
England Hockey hosted the Senior, Masters and Grand Masters European Championships in and around London. The IMHA members were split across two sites: the Ladies played at Old Loughtonians near Chigwell and the Men played at St Albans Hockey Club. Despite the distance between the two facilities spectators were treated to high quality hockey and enjoyed the fantastic atmospheres which were generated. The weather was rather wet for several of the days but the rain was not allowed to dampen the enthusiasm of all those involved.
2014 World Cup, Rotterdam 5-13 June
The biggest ever single Hockey World Cup event with over 70 teams participating was held on the 7 pitches which form part of H.C. Rotterdam’s impressive hockey stadium on the outskirts of the city. It was a hugely successful tournament and was a major factor in the success of the first ever combination of 3 world cups organised in one country at the same time with the FIH and WGMA tournaments being held close by in Den Haag.
This major tournament was hosted by Ireland at the prestigious Lisnagarvey Hockey Club in Hillsborough, near Lisburn in Co. Down. Such tournaments were deemed as ‘Open’ to facilitate the participation of non-European teams. Men’s teams participated at 40+, 45+, 50+ and 55+ levels. Ladies teams included 40+, 45+ and 50+.
The first ever IMHA World Cup attracted over 50 teams from all over the world and the sun shone very brightly on this very special occasion. Despite the high temperatures, the standard of hockey was remarkably high and new member nations sparkled on the field of play. The setting in the ancient city surrounded by the beautiful rolling Kent countryside made it a tournament to remember.
This tournament brought together players from a wide range of countries. The participants enjoyed the challenges set them by the climate. The warmth of the welcome and the charm of the hosts made up for the delays caused by frequent thunderstorms and the strength-sapping effects of the very high levels of humidity. The finals for each age group were of very high quality and the atmosphere created by the players and supporters was something special.
Singapore Classic Results Singapore Classic Final Standings
This was the first time for a mainly European Masters competition and the event was well supported by the British Isles teams and visitors from Australia.
Men’s teams from England, Scotland, Australia, Wales and Malaysia competed on the Birmingham University hockey fields in what was to be the last tournament run under the auspices of the Pacific Rim countries.
Women’s teams from England, Scotland and Australia competed in the Women’s 45+ Masters Champions Cup which ran concurrently with the FIH Women’s Champions Trophy in Nottingham. The tournament was played on a pitch located immediately adjacent to the main FIH event. The final was played on the main FIH pitch on Friday 16 July and was included in the FIH event’s ticket price. This was the first time that there had been a direct link up between an FIH and a Masters event. This was the start of a joint initiative which would lead to the Netherlands hosting the World Cup Tournaments for the Senior, IMHA and WGMA in June 2014 and England hosting the European Championships in August 2015.