New Zealand officials are stamping their mark on the international stage

Two New Zealand Officials have been named to the finals of the FIH Pro League Competition. Simon Taylor and Amber Church had successful 2018’s which culminated in outstanding performances at the World Cups. They have continued their rich vein of form in 2019 with some outstanding performances in the FIH Pro League.


Simon Taylor commented “ The quality of hockey in the Pro League has been incredible so I’m excited to be a part of the finals series. Being appointed to the first edition of the Pro League finals is also a really special moment for me. “


Amber Church said “It’s been awesome to be part of the inaugural FIH Pro League this year and to be appointed to the FIH Pro League Grand finals is an opportunity I’m am looking forward to. The quality of hockey has been world class and having the chance to umpire at this level is something I’m always grateful for.”

Published with permission from the FIH. Lausanne, Switzerland: While all participating teams are battling it out on the field of play for a much sought-after berth at the Grand Final of the very first edition of the FIH Pro League, one team is already known: the Officials’ one.

Indeed, with about 50 days to go until the start of the finale of the League, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has appointed the Officials (Umpires, Umpires Managers and Match Managers/Judges) who will be involved at the Wagener Stadium in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) next month (27-30 June).


The FIH is very happy with the overall performance of all Officials on the FIH Pro League Panel, which has made the selection highly competitive. The Grand Final Officials have been chosen in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Performance and experience – throughout this season’s FIH Pro League as well as during 2018 (for example, both male and female 2018 Umpires of the Year will officiate at the Grand Final)
  • Spread of nations to provide neutrality – with the qualifying nations for the Grand Final not yet known, a spread of national representation has been chosen so that neutral Officials can be appointed for every match, whatever the combination of competing teams turns out to be

Here’s the full list of Officials for the FIH Pro League:

Umpires (Men)
BLASCH Christian (GER)
van BUNGE Coen (NED)

Umpires (Women)
JOUBERT Michelle (RSA)
MEISTER Michelle (GER)



Posted on Monday, 13 May, 2019 | FeatureUmpiring and Officials