Indoor Hockey

Seeking Player Interest for NZ Indoor Hockey Teams

We are now seeking registrations of interest from players (Men & Women) to be considered for the national programme. We appreciate that there are a series of potential outside influences that may impact future decisions around travel and playing but the Indoor Advisory Group want to begin the process so we can prepare a formal selection process and relevant selection events for players to attend once things become more certain.

To register your interest, click here.


Indoor Hockey

Indoor hockey is a variant of “traditional” outdoor field hockey. It is mainly played by outdoor field hockey players during the off-season, when outdoor pitches are frozen or, alternatively, when conditions are too hot for outdoor play. It is an excellent way to improve fitness and stick skills because of its intensity and the smaller space it is played in.

Indoor hockey differs from outdoor hockey in a number of ways. There are fewer players in an indoor hockey team with teams comprising of six players, including the goalkeeper, allowed on the pitch at any one time and up to six substitutes. The field of play is much smaller, a hard surface in a sports hall or similar venue, with boards along the sidelines that prevent the ball from going out of play at the side.


History of Indoor Hockey

Indoor hockey developed in Germany during the 1950s, quickly spreading to other European nations. Belgium was one of the countries to adopt the field hockey variant, and in 1966 René Frank, a native of Belgium, who was later to become President of the FIH, persuaded the German Hockey Associations to give responsibility over the rules of Indoor Hockey to the FIH. This led to the FIH recognising indoor hockey in its constitution in 1968. The first FIH sanctioned tournament matches of Indoor Hockey were played in 1972. (Taken from Wikipedia)

NZ entered the inaugural Indoor Hockey World Cup championship 2003, in Leipzig, Germany.

The FIH Rules of Indoor Hockey can be found by clicking here.