The first edition of the FIH Pro League has declared its winners… and its losers! Thierry Weil, CEO for the FIH declared the first edition of his Pro League a success. Which resulted in a few giggles as well as grinding teeth around the world. To those who believe the…


Thierry Weil dropped a small bomb last November in his very first FIH congress that has gone unnoticed mostly by hockey followers and -media. Speaking about the playing surface Weil announced basically two elements:

  1. He called upon suppliers for turf, ball and footwear to work together towards the goal of…

Sometimes you just have to kill the unicorn… before it kills you. No, do not fear… We haven’t gone off topic. We’re not doing fairytales, nor are we in the business of animal cruelty. A unicorn in this context has been defined by experts in innovation as one of these…


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Once again the EHL lived up to its reputation… In Eindhoven the hockey family came together over the Easter weekend and celebrated our sport. Almost 15.000 visitors came and witnessed the best of club hockey live at the…


Pakistan is out of the FIH Pro League! Against better judgement, I guess we were all still hoping the former giants of Asian hockey would rise again. But the game has moved on since last century. Even though the players are mostly still amateurs or semi-pro at best, even at…


A couple of weeks ahead of the World Cup the FIH organised it’s bi-annual congress for all members (= nations) to discuss the state of hockey and their plans for the future. The FIH is halfway their so called 2014–2024 strategy , a.k.a. the “Hockey Revolution”. I’ve written several columns…


The Hockey Revolution according to the FIH

In the days to come all kinds of dignitaries and administrators in our game of hockey will gather in New Delhi, India for the 2018 FIH congress. Discussing the Hockey Revolution, a.k.a. the FIH strategy for 2014–2024. By now we are halfway in their documented long term strategy baptised the…


Hockey is coming home. It’s the appealing (even when slightly overused) slogan for the newest event by the FIH. But is it really? The FIH Pro League will start in January 2019 and is meant to be instrumental in the long-term strategy by the FIH. They named their plans for…


Rumour has it the FIH will organise football (!) ⚽️ tournaments in certain parts of the world and have the winners of these football matches qualify for the Olympic hockey 🏑 tournament. Because you know… certain parts of the world don’t have a strong hockey tradition just yet. And it…


The year 2018 is a World Cup year for hockey! The women’s world cup is done and dusted by now and the men’s is just around the corner. …

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