Facility Guidance Resources
A key role of the FIH is to ensure high quality, sustainable hockey facilities are provided for all levels and forms of the game. We do this by establishing quality and performance standards and publishing facilities guidance documents. Developed in consultation with our national associations, and members of the FIH Quality Programme the current editions are available to download below.
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Start to plan for when your hockey fields reopen
With many hockey fields currently closed due to social distancing restrictions it is important that facility operators start to think about a recommissioning plan for when restrictions are lifted. To ensure fields provide a safe playing environment they are likely to need cleaning and watering systems may need to be flushed, cleaned, and disinfected before returning to use. This document provides guidance on what may have to be done.
FIH Hockey Turf and Field Standards
A new hockey field is a major investment therefore it is important that it meets the expectations of hockey players, associations and clubs. To help ensure good quality fields are built for all levels of play, from elite level competition to community development, the FIH has developed its internationally recognised quality-assurance programme - the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf. The programme provides consistent and dependable industry standards and ensures the appropriate quality of performance for the intended level of play - whether it is community development, international competition, or anything in between. The technical requirements of the programme are detailed in the FIH Hockey Turf and Field Standards, which are published in four parts:
Part 1 – Introduction & General Guidance
Part 2 – Requirements for Hockey Turf Products
Part 3 – Requirements for Hockey Fields
Part 4 - Requirements for Hockey 5s Courts
Part 5 - Requirements for Temporary Overlay Pitches (TOPs)
Sports lighting for non-televised outdoor hockey
The FIH believes that good sustainable hockey facilities are fundamental to the development of hockey opportunities for everyone, from the youngest beginner to an international class player. The move to synthetic turf playing fields means there is an increasing desire to use them over an extended period each day and this will often entail the use of artificial sports lighting. However, it is important that the lighting is of an appropriate type and quality. The FIH Guide to Sports lighting for non-televised outdoor hockey is aimed at those wishing to artificially light facilities for non-televised 11-a-side hockey and Hockey5s matches. Three categories of lighting are detailed; determining which is appropriate for a specific venue will depend on the requirements of the competition regulations for the matches the venue wishes to host. Designers are advised to always seek guidance from the relevant National Hockey Association to ensure they select the correct category.
Sports lighting for broadcasting 11 a-side hockey, outdoors
Advances in high definition digital TV technology means hockey can now be televised to a quality never previously possible. This creates new opportunities for the sport so the FIH, working with broadcasters and sports lighting companies have undertaken research to determine the best lighting that will allow the sport to maximise the quality of TV coverage. The FIH Guide to Sports lighting for broadcasting 11-a-side hockey, outdoors is intended for anyone involved in the planning or maintenance of hockey facilities that will be used for broadcasted matches or the use of video recording for high performance training and analysis under artificial lighting. It provides the information needed to work through the process to ensure a good result is achieved for television viewing, players, spectators and for the environment. Three categories of lighting are detailed; determining which is appropriate for a specific venue will depend on the requirements of the competition regulations for the matches the venue wishes to host. Designers are advised to always seek guidance from the FIH, relevant Continental Hockey Federations or National Hockey Associations, as appropriate.
Gen 2 - Multi-Sport Areas
Ensuring a sports facility is sustainable is often crucial to its funding and long-term success, whilst, for others, maximising the use of available space is the key to increasing sport’s provision in a neighbourhood. These trends are increasingly making the concept of multi-sports fields and courts attractive to those investing and funding community and education sports facilities. However, not all sports can be played on the same types of surface and a significant factor in the long-term success of a facility is ensuring it caters for sports that can be satisfactorily played on the same surface. Working with tennis and netball, the FIH has developed the Gen 2 concept. Gen 2 describes the types of playing surface and line marking layouts that allow community versions of the sports to be played on full-size hockey fields or blocks of tennis/netball courts.
Hockey5s is an official short-form version of Hockey. It is played by five players per side either on a court that can either temporarily placed on an existing full size field or built especially for the game. If you are thinking of building a Hockey5s court our facilities guide will tell you all you need to know.
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Field and Venue Specifications
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FIH Preferred Suppliers are companies that manufacture hockey turf products and build hockey fields,to learn more.
FIH Certified Manufacturers are companies that specialise in the manufacturing of hockey turf,to learn more.
FIH Certified Field Builders are companies that specialise in building hockey fields,to learn more.
A FIH Certified Field is independently tested by an FIH Accredited Test Institute to ensure it meets the requirements of the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf,to learn more.
All certifications under the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf are based on tests undertaken by our Accredited Test Institutes,to learn more.