Indoor Hockey

Seeking Coaches for Indoor World Cup Teams

Registration of Interest to Coach the NZ Indoor Team (men and women) and help shape the future of Indoor Hockey

Hockey NZ has received an invitation to send teams to the Indoor World Cup to be held early 2022 in Belgium. We are now looking for suitable candidates to coach/lead women’s and men’s teams to this event. These roles are self-funded. All efforts will be taken to subsidise costs where possible.

Those appointed will be involved in selecting their support staff and the team itself. They will work with relevant Hockey NZ staff and the NZ Indoor Advisory Group pre and post tournament to share learnings and support setting the future direction of Indoor Hockey. An important outcome from the tournament will be observing styles of play, innovations and structures that other countries are adopting and assisting to identify options that will assist NZ to set up an indoor structure nationally from 2022.

This is an opportunity to assist Hockey NZ to set up an important piece of the hockey puzzle as well as be involved in an International event. We need someone who can coach, build relationships, work across the layers of sporting organisations and have strong planning, communication skills and resilience. They will also have a strong understanding and awareness of the hockey landscape in New Zeland.

Click here for a Role Description.

Click here for a World Cup Programme overview.

Click here to complete your expression of interest.


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.