Beach Hockey Ratified By FIH

Published Wed 05 Jun 2024

In 2008 and 2009 Beach Hockey Europe organised the European Beach Hockey Trophy in Sheveningen in the Netherlands. Besides teams from Holland, teams from Germany, Belgium and Spain joined this tournament.

Most recently World Beach Hockey was established with headquarters in Melbourne, Australia under the presidency of Greg Mill, longtime player and coach and beach hockey devotee.

In October 19th & 20th 2023 the Executive Body of The Federation of International Hockey (FIH) met in Cairo Egypt where they officially recognised our organisation World Beach Hockey and agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding with this entity, therefore delegating the organisation of International Beach Hockey events to us and our members, who must be the National Associations of FIH, or a single organisation within a country that is recognised by the National Association. With this move, Beach Hockey continues to sit as a format of hockey controlled and sanctioned by FIH.

In his presentation Greg showed the equipment used and discussed the rules of the game. This format will be of interest of all Oceania Countries especially the Pacific Islands where beaches are easily utilised. In Papua New Guinea in 2023 the province of Manus had groups regularly playing on their local beach. (See right)

OHF is currently working with World Beach Hockey to formalise an official MOU.