Indoor Hockey

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.

Seeking Players for the National Indoor Program 2023/24

After an exciting 2022/23 year that concluded in the FIH Indoor World Cup in South Africa, the program is ready to continue momentum. We are now looking for players wishing to be part of our men’s and women’s teams as well as U18 and U21. Please be aware that at this stage, the National program and events are self-funded with all efforts to be taken to subsidise where possible.

Upcoming Events




18 – 19th          NZ National Open Indoor Champs            Horowhenua Events Centre

                        – Open and U21 teams selected for planned Australian tour


2 – 3rd                     National Masters Indoor Champs              Horowhenua Events Centre

– National Open training camps for planned Australian tour

9 – 10th          NZ National U18 Indoor Champs                Horowhenua Events Centre

– age group teams selected for Australian Champs   

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.