The International Masters Hockey Association (IMHA) has been formally recognized by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). This recognition was sought and approved at the recent FIH Executive Board meeting in Los Angeles, USA in November 2008. The recognition allows for IMHA to organize Men’s and Women’s International tournaments for players between the ages of 35 and 60.

The IMHA was initially formed in 1982 to organize International Competition for teams in the Pacific Rim region. Annual tournaments have been organized by this body with many extra nations and teams being invited to the 27 tournaments run so far. In 2007 the tournament was held in Birmingham England where a new and more comprehensive Constitution was adopted to allow further development of the game globally.

Along with the new constitution and Memorandum of Understanding, a submission for recognition was made to FIH. A new set of rules has been adopted for tournament and in the future may be used for any masters competition in the world.   

The elected members of the IMHA are as follows:

  • Chairman:  Ben Rea - U K
  • European Vice President:  John Stuart - England
  • Asian Vice President: Amarjit Singh - Singapore
  • Treasurer: David Peebles - Australia
  • Technical Officer:  Peri Buckley - Australia
  • Administration Manager: Neil Greene - New Zealand

2009 International Masters Tournament

The IMHA in conjunction with the Hong Masters Hockey Association will host an International tournament for Men’s teams in the +40, +45, +50 and +55 age groups and for Women’s teams in +35, +40, +45 and +50 age groups.

The tournament will be held at the Hong Kong Football Club from 24 October till 1 November 2009

Registration of Interest is now being called for. Any teams requiring more information should contact in the first instance: Neil Greene – Administration Manager by email nggreene@ihug.co.nz

The tournament encourages National teams to enter as this is an elite tournament. In cases where true National Teams are not yet established provision is available to allow either club or regional teams to represent their respective national body until internal national structures are in place.