About the Pathway

Progression & Development

The #indoorhockeyUK Development Pathway has been produced to help show a clear progression route for all umpires and officials involved with #indoorhockeyUK. Umpires and Officials will need to continue to work with their National Governing Bodies to ensure they are awarded the appropriate accreditation for each stage. Where possible, #indoorhockeyUK shall assist with gaining the necessary accreditation by making recommendations to other organisations and, where any agreements with National Governing Bodies exist, shall conduct assessments on their behalf.

As #indoorhockeyUK attracts umpires and officials from across the world for their events, this Pathway also allows anybody involved to be placed at the suitable stage - no matter where they're visiting from - making things easier for our Umpire Managers. This should allow for a consistent standard from the umpires and officials at our events.

The #indoorhockeyUK Development Pathway is still a work in progress, and as we expand the work we do with National Governing Bodies, the Pathway will continue to evolve.

The Pathway

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* International awards are determined by EHF / FIH

Getting Involved

Where do I start?

Any person who does not hold any form of accreditation (indoor or outdoor) is required to start at the Indoor Rules Test or Introduction to Indoor Officiating level before progressing. If you already hold an accreditation (outdoor) you may enter the pathway at the Community Indoor Umpire Award or Intermediate Official Award. Higher levels of an outdoor accreditation may allow you to enter the pathway at a higher stage; depending on your experience.

Starting Off

Indoor Rules Test

#indoorhockeyUK has developed an online rules test, to help Umpires & Officials learn the rules of indoor hockey. The test is optional for anyone wishing to get involved, but it helps the person get a good understanding of the rules of indoor hockey and we recommend it to anyone starting out. You can spend as much time learning the rules as you wish before taking the test, which should last 10 - 20 minutes.

Starting Off

Introduction to Indoor Officiating

The introduction to indoor officiating has been designed to teach the basics of umpiring and officiating and will allow you to get involved with training / development level indoor hockey. It will teach you things which will be applicable to both Umpires and Officials. Some parts of this learning may be similar to what was taught for an outdoor accreditation. The award is all independent online learning, split into modules and will take up to 60 minutes to complete.

Online Learning

All online learning modules are available through My #ihUK. You will need to create an account a login to begin.

My #ihUK Account

Umpire Pathway

Community Indoor Umpire Award

The Community Umpire Award provides a higher level of training to allow the umpire to take part in competitive club and county indoor matches. The award is made up of an online tutored course followed by a practical assessment to take place at a match / tournament. The online course will last approximately 2hours 30mins and will go into greater detail about some areas of indoor hockey umpiring, including positioning and management.

The Community Indoor Umpire Award is the equivalent of an England Hockey Level 1 Umpire.

Umpire Pathway

Regional Indoor Umpire Award

The Regional Umpire Award permits the umpire to umpire at regional level events. The standard of play shall be higher compared to what can be umpired at the Community level. The award can be achieved by a practical assessment taking place at a suitable match / tournament. Additional online training modules are available, but these are not mandatory to achieve this accreditation.

The Regional Indoor Umpire Award is the equivalent of an England Hockey Level 2 Umpire.

Umpire Pathway

National Indoor Umpire Award

The National Umpire Award allows the umpire to officiate some of the best premier club hockey available. The award can be achieved by a practical assessment taking place at a suitable match / tournament. Additional online training modules are available, but these are not mandatory to achieve this accreditation.

The National Indoor Umpire Award is the equivalent of an England Hockey Level 3 Umpire.

Umpire Pathway

International Indoor Umpire Award

Once all national level awards have been achieved, the umpire may be put forward for the international accreditations. International awards are determined by EHF / FIH, and demonstrates the umpires are some of the top indoor umpires in the world.

Get Involved

To get involved in the Umpire Pathway, you will need to create and login to a My #ihUK account.

My #ihUK Account

Officials Pathway

Intermediate Indoor Match Official Award

The Intermediate Match Officials Award provides a  level of training to allow the official to take part in tournaments as a Judge or Match Official. The award is made up of an online tutored course followed by a practical assessment to take place at a match / tournament.

Officials Pathway

Senior Indoor Match Official Award

The Senior Match Officials Award provides a  level of training to allow the official to take part in tournaments as a Technical Officer. The award is made up of a practical assessment to take place at a match / tournament.

Officials Pathway

Advanced Indoor Match Official Award

The Advanced Match Officials Award provides a  level of training to allow the official to take part in tournaments as a Technical Director. The award is made up of a practical assessment to take place at a match / tournament.

Officials Pathway

International Indoor Match Official Award

The International Match Officials Award provides a  level of training and allows the official to take part in tournaments in any role, as well as showing their capabilities to take part in international events. International awards are determined by EHF / FIH, and demonstrates the officials are some of the top indoor officials in the world

Get Involved

To get involved in the Officials Pathway, you will need to create and login to a My #ihUK account.

My #ihUK Account