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To ensure that hockey fields are being built to the highest standard and that FIH Approved Products are being installed correctly, the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf includes the certification of hockey fields.

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. Tests include measurements of how the ball interacts with the playing surface, verifies adequate comfort and performance is being provided to ensure the well-being and protection of players and includes checks to confirm the field has been built to the dimensions, line marking, slope and surface drainage requirements of the FIH Quality Programme.  

Field Certification also includes a comprehensive series of quality control checks to ensure the installed Hockey Turf product is the same as the FIH Approved Product; ensuring manufacturing and installation mistakes do not go undetected.

Any 11 a-side or Hockey 5s field that is being built or already exists, that has an Approved Hockey Turf playing surface can apply to become certified.

The FIH certifies four different categories of hockey fields:

  1. Global Elite: non-filled water based surfaces that are primarily used for FIH World Level International Competitions
  2. Global: non-filled water based surfaces that are primarily used for lower level international and top level national competitions
  3. National: normally sand dressed or sand filled surfaces designed primarily for hockey. This category of surface is normally used for lower level national, regional and club play.
  4. Multi-Sport: surfaces designed for a number of sports and on which basic community and development level hockey can be played.

New fields less than 12 months old are certified for a period of three years. Fields older than 12 months that are either being tested for the first time or being retested after their initial certification has expired are certified for a period of two years.

Below is a list of FIH Certified Fields in alphabetical order by country. 

A      
AFGHANISTAN ARGENTINA ARMENIA AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA AZERBAIJAN    
B      
BAHAMAS BANGLADESH BARBADOS BELARUS
BELGIUM BERMUDA BOTSWANA BRAZIL
BRUNEI BULGARIA BURUNDI  
C      
CAMBODIA CAMEROON CANADA CAYMAN ISLANDS
CHILE CHINA CHINESE TAIPEI COSTA RICA
CROATIA CUBA CYPRUS CZECH REPUBLIC
D      
DENMARK DOMINICAN REPUBLIC    
E      
ECUADOR EGYPT EL SALVADOR ENGLAND
ESTONIA      
F      
FIJI FINLAND FRANCE  
G      
GEORGIA GERMANY GHANA GIBRALTAR
GUATEMALA GREECE GUYANA  
H      
HAITI HONDURAS HONG KONG HUNGARY
I      
INDIA INDONESIA IRAN IRELAND
ISRAEL ITALY    
J      
JAMAICA JAPAN    
K      
KAZAKHSTAN KENYA KOREA (Republic of) KOREA (DPR)
L      
LIBYA LITHUANIA LUXEMBURG  
M      
MACAU MACEDONIA (FYROM) MALAWI MALAYSIA
MALTA MAURITIUS MEXICO MOLDOVA
MONGOLIA MOROCCO MYANMAR  
N      
NAMIBIA NEPAL NETHERLANDS NEW ZEALAND
NIGERIA NORWAY    
O      
OMAN      
P      
PAKISTAN PANAMA PAPUA NEW GUINEA PARAGUAY
PERU PHILIPPINES POLAND PORTUGAL
PUERTO RICO      
Q      
QATAR      
R      
ROMANIA RUSSIA    
S      
SCOTLAND SERBIA SEYCHELLES SIERRA LEONE
SINGAPORE SLOVAKIA SLOVENIA SOLOMON ISLANDS
SOUTH AFRICA SPAIN SRI LANKA SUDAN
SWEDEN SWITZERLAND    
T      
TAJIKISTAN TANZANIA THAILAND TOGO
TONGA TRINIDAD & TOBAGO TURKEY TURKMENISTAN
U      
UGANDA UKRAINE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES USA
URUGUAY UZBEKISTAN    
V      
VANUATU VENEZUELA VIETNAM  
W      
WALES SAMOA (WESTERN)    
Z      
ZAMBIA ZIMBABWE    

Find out how to have your field certified

  • FIH Preferred Suppliers are companies that manufacture hockey turf products and build hockey fields, click here to learn more.

  • FIH Certified Manufacturers are companies that specialise in the manufacturing of hockey turf, click here to learn more.

  • FIH Certified Field Builders are companies that specialise in building hockey fields, click here 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, click here to learn more.

  • All certifications under the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf are based on tests undertaken by our Accredited Test Institutes, click here to learn more.