- Player, Goalkeeper and Rising Star voting to open soon
- Coach of the Year nominations revealed
- Umpiring Award for 2016 also announced
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced the nominees for the 2016 Hockey Stars Awards, the annual prizes recognising the best players, goalkeepers, rising stars, coaches and umpires in a given calendar year.
The announcement was made during the Hockey Revolution Part 2 Conference which is currently taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Five male and five female nominees have been selected for each award. The Player, Goalkeeper and Rising Star awards were selected by a panel consisting of the FIH Athletes' Committee, Continental Federations, Coaches and media. All awards are based on performance at international events during the 2016 season, as well as the player's overall contribution to the sport.
Winners will be decided by the combined results of an online vote that is open to the public and a peer vote from international athletes. Voting for Players, Goalkeepers and Rising Stars will open on 16 November and closes on 2 December.
The Coach of the Year nominations, three from each gender, were selected by the FIH High Performance and Coaching Panel, with winners decided by a peer vote.
The 2016 Umpire Award winners, one male and one female, will be selected by the FIH Umpiring Committee.
All winners will be announced in January 2017.
Nominees are presented in no particular order.
2016 Player of the Year nominations
Women: Carla Rebecchi (ARG); Kate Richardson-Walsh (GBR); Stacey Michelsen (NZL); Alex Danson (GBR); Naomi van As (NED).
Men: Gonzalo Peillat (ARG); John-John Dohmen (BEL); Moritz Fürste (GER); Tobias Hauke (GER); Pedro Ibarra (ARG).
2016 Goalkeeper of the Year nominations
Women: Maddie Hinch (GBR); Joyce Sombroek (NED); Kristina Reynolds (GER); Jackie Briggs (USA); Belen Succi (ARG).
Men: Juan Vivaldi (ARG); Jaap Stockmann (NED); Vincent Vanasch (BEL); David Harte (IRL); Parattu Raveendran Sreejesh (IND)
2016 Rising Star of the Year nominations (Players under 23)
Women: Maria Granatto (ARG); Lily Owsley (GBR); Nike Lorenz (GER); Kathryn Slattery (AUS); Florencia Habif (ARG).
Men: Arthur van Doren (BEL); Christopher Rühr (GER); Jorrit Croon (NED); Harmanpreet Singh (IND); Timm Herzbruch (GER).
2016 Coach of the Year nominations
Women: Alyson Annan (AUS); Karen Brown (GBR); Janneke Schopman (USA).
Men: Carlos Retegui (ARG); Danny Kerry (GBR); Shane McLeod (BEL).
More information about Hockey Stars 2016 and voting will be posted on FIH.ch over the coming days.