It is traditionally and mainly played as a pastime by outdoor field hockey players during the off-season or when conditions are unsuitable for outdoor play. Indoor hockey is played in regular national and international championships. The first Indoor Hockey World Cup was organized in 2003. It included countries which do not compete at the highest level of the outdoor game.
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|Equipment||Indoor hockey ball, indoor hockey stick, mouthguard, gloves, shinpads|
|World Games||Invitational in 2005|
Indoor hockey differs from its outdoor parent in several ways:
Indoor hockey developed in Germany during the 1950s, quickly spreading to other European nations. Belgium was one of the countries to adopt the field hockey variant, and in 1966 René Frank, a native of Belgium, who was later to become President of the FIH, persuaded the German Hockey Associations to give responsibility over the rules of Indoor Hockey to the FIH. This led to the FIH recognising indoor hockey in its constitution in 1968.
Whereas in many countries field hockey is played all year long, in Germany and Austria the hockey season is divided evenly into a field hockey half in summer and an indoor hockey season in winter.
The first FIH sanctioned tournament matches of Indoor Hockey were played in 1972.
The International Hockey Federation organizes the Indoor Hockey World Cup. The first Indoor World Cup was held in Leipzig, Germany in 2003, where the home nation won both the men's and women's gold medals. Eurosport television ratings for the recent Indoor Hockey World Cup, held in Leipzig, Germany, have shown the event to garner large audiences. A total of 20 million viewers watched 13 hours broadcast on Eurosport, with ten matches aired live. Peak viewing audience reached 889,000 viewers during the opening Poland vs.USA match, with the average live viewing figure for the whole tournament at 601,000. Germany and Poland, Eurosport’s two strongest markets, showed particular interest, with more than 4 million different viewers tuning in from Germany, and more than 1.5 million watching from Poland. The average audience, calculated across several of Eurosport’s key territories, showed a strong bias towards young males according to Eurosport’s research. Arnaud Simon, Eurosport's Program Director commented: 'The first Indoor World Cup was a very exciting event, well suited for television and with good production standards. These characteristics were rewarded with very strong ratings, particularly considering that many of the matches were aired at off-peak viewing times.'
Els van Breda Vriesman, the President of the International Hockey Federation, added: 'The figures speak for themselves, proving not only that hockey has mass appeal on television, but also that the target audience presents a very attractive commercial proposition for potential sponsors and advertisers.'
Germany defended their titles in Vienna, Austria in February 2007. The German men were successful, although the women were beaten in the semi-final by Spain, who went on to lose the final against the Netherlands.
The 2018 Women's Indoor Hockey World Cup was the fifth edition of this tournament and played from 7 to 11 February 2018 in Berlin, Germany.Germany defeated the Netherlands 2–1 in the final to win their third title, while Belarus secured their first medal.Australia women's national indoor hockey team
The Australia women's national indoor hockey team are Australia's national women's indoor hockey team. As of January 2016, they are ranked 8th in the world. Australia competes internationally in indoor hockey, with the Australian women’s indoor team undertaking a tour annually. Every four years, Australia competes in the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup. The Australian national indoor team is nominated and selected from the indoor Australian Championships.EuroHockey Indoor Nations Championship
The EuroHockey Indoor Nations Championship is a European indoor field hockey competition organized by the European Hockey Federation (EHF). The tournament was started in 1974 for both men's competition and the women's competition.
In the men's competition, Germany is the most successful team, having won the tournament 12 times out of 13 between 1974 and 2008. For women, Germany is also the most successful team, having won all titles but one between 1974 and 2008. The only national team beside Germany to win the men's competition between 1974 and 2008 is Russia, having done so in 2008 by defeating Germany in the gold medal game. The only team beside Germany to win the women's competition between 1974 and 2008 is England, having done so in 1996 by defeating Germany in the gold medal game.
The 2010 edition of the men's tournament is the first to not feature Germany in the top four.First indoor ice hockey game
On March 3, 1875, the first recorded indoor ice hockey game took place at the Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Organized by James Creighton, who captained one of the teams, the game was between two nine-member teams, using a wooden 'puck'. Members used skates and sticks used for outdoor hockey and shinny games in Nova Scotia, where Creighton was born and raised. It is recognized as the first organized ice hockey game.Indoor Hockey Asia Cup
The ASHF Indoor Asia Cup is an international men's and women's indoor field hockey tournament governed by the Asian Hockey Federation (ASHF). It was introduced in 2008 for men's competition and the women's competition was added a year later in 2009.Indoor Hockey World Cup
The Indoor Hockey World Cup is an international indoor field hockey competition organised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). The tournament was first held in 2003 and it is held every four years.Indoor Pan American Cup
The Indoor Pan American Cup is an international indoor hockey competition for men and women organised by the Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF). The tournament started in the year 2002 for both men's and women's competition.
Apart from 2004 and 2008 edition, the winner (for 2002, 2005 and 2010, including runner-up) of each tournament was awarded an automatic berth to the Men's World Cup and the Women's World Cup, as the continental champion.
In the men's competition, Canada has won the tournament four times. For the women's, Argentina and Canada, each has won two times.Indoor hockey at the 2007 Asian Indoor Games
Indoor hockey at the 2007 Asian Indoor Games was held in Macau, China from 26 October to 3 November 2007.Indoor hockey at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games
The indoor hockey competitions at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur were held at MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre in Segambut.The 2017 Games feature competitions in two events (one event for each gender).Indoor hockey at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games – Men's tournament
The men's indoor hockey tournament at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was held from 21 to 26 August in Malaysia. In this tournament, 6 Southeast Asian teams played in the men's competition.All matches were played at MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre in Segambut.Indoor hockey at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games – Women's tournament
The women's indoor hockey tournament at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was held from 21 to 25 August in Malaysia. In this tournament, 5 Southeast Asian teams played in the women's competition.All matches were played at the MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre in Segambut.Indoor hockey at the World Games
Indoor field hockey was contested at the 2005 World Games as an invitational sport. It has not been contested in any edition of the World Games ever since.Iran men's national field hockey team
The Iranian hockey team is the national field hockey team of Iran. It is governed by the Hockey Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran.Kazakhstan women's national field hockey team
The Kazakhstan women's national field hockey team represents Kazakhstan in international field hockey competitions.Malaysian Hockey Confederation
The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) is the national governing body for Malaysia men's national field hockey team, Malaysia women's national field hockey team, Malaysia national under-21 field hockey team, Malaysia national women's under-21 field hockey team, Malaysia national indoor hockey team and Malaysia national women's indoor hockey team than also manage the field hockey in Malaysia. It is affiliated to the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) and member of the International Hockey Federation (FIH).
The current MHC president is Dato' Sri Subahan Kamal.Men's EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup
The Men's EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup is an annual indoor hockey club competition organised by the EHF. It is the premier club tournament of Europe for indoor hockey and contested by the champions of the eight strongest EHF national associations.Pan American Hockey Federation
The Pan American Hockey Federation is the field and Indoor hockey federation for the Americas. It consists of 30 Members. It is associated with the International Hockey Federation and hosts several continental competitions for national teams.Silke Müller
Silke Müller (born 11 November 1978) is a field hockey midfielder from Germany, who won the gold medal with the German National Women's Team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.Women's EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup
The Women's EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup is an annual indoor hockey club competition organised by the EHF. It is the premier club tournament of Europe for indoor hockey and contested by the women's champions of the eight strongest EHF national associations.
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