About

Exin Masters Hockey WC


The idea of formalising and organising competitive Masters hockey was initially promoted under the guidance of the great Australian Mr. Ted Jones. His vision and organisational drive resulted in the first Masters tournament being held in Perth, Australia in 1981.

The first participating nations were Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. The many tournaments which followed were held under the title of ‘Pac Rim Tournaments’ reflecting the geographical location of the pioneer Masters Hockey nations. These tournaments became ever more popular and were taken seriously by all participants.

 

The tournaments were held every year consecutively, through until 2007 when an agreement was made to restrict tournaments to two-year cycles. Over the 26 years of its existence, the increasing number of participating teams forced the organisation to adapt and change to meet the more global nature of Masters Hockey.

 

One of the notable developments from 1995 Vancouver was the first Women’s Masters Hockey competition. The growing participation of Women’s Masters teams in IMHA competitions resulted in female Officials being elected to the IMHA Board at the Congress in Canterbury in 2012.

 

The 2007 tournament in Birmingham England, was the first to be held outside of the Pacific Rim. A new constitution was adopted there and formal recognition by FIH was sought. The formation of the present IMHA and the new constitution also saw the election of a new Board to oversee and administer future developments. President Ben Rea and Treasurer David Peebles began discussions with FIH to formalise the relationship, and at the FIH 2008 Congress held in Los Angeles, formal recognition for IMHA was received.

 

Since that time much work has been done to establish rules, tournaments hosting guidelines, relationships with key officials, links with international hockey administrators and further development of Men and Women’s Masters Hockey.

The first tournament held under the new administration was hosted by Hong Kong and it was the largest tournament held up to that date. However, the 2014 IMHA World Cup in Rotterdam was the largest IMHA tournament and also a part of a record-breaking initiative to hold FIH, IMHA and WGMA World Cups in one country, all at the same time.


This new vision for Masters hockey will build upon the successes of the IMHA and WGMA and ensure that the principles and dedication which delivered that success is key components of its future strategies and structure.


Over the coming months an interim transition management team will consult with members of all organisations to identify the appropriate priorities and next steps for the new organisation. Then, in August 2017, both IMHA and WGMA members will vote on the future governance structure and draft constitution of the single entity at their Annual General Meetings.


With such activity already progressing, the management team has set out a timeline which will see the establishment of the new single entity in late 2017 with a view to this being fully constituted and operational in late 2018. 


The structure of the new single entity will be shaped to deliver the agreed strategic objectives for Masters hockey and to complement the FIHs strategy, the Hockey Revolution, which aims to make hockey a global game that inspires the next generation.


The main aims of the single entity are to streamline resources, avoid duplication, increase efficiencies and rationalise communication channels to maximise the growth of Masters hockey and further improve the experiences of Masters athletes at all levels of the game.

Tournament format

The tournament format differs from age category to age category depending on the number of entrants in a particular group, but generally provides for a pool stage concluded on a round robin basis, followed by a knock-out stage. All matches will consist of 4 chukkas of 15 minutes each.

Age categories for the pools are:
 

For Men:
+ 35
+ 40
+ 45
+ 50 
+ 55


For Women:
+ 35
+ 40
+ 45
+ 50
+ 55
+ 60


Tournament venue

Club Egara has been appointed to host the EXIN Masters World Cup’s 4th edition, taking place from the 27th of July until the 5th of August 2018. The organization expects 100 teams and around 2000 players from all over the world, and friends and families are also most welcome. Due to the huge number of participants expected, the 4th EXIN Masters World Cup in Terrassa will be the biggest sport event ever organized in the city of Terrassa.


The Egara Club was started in 1935, under the name of CD Harmony Egara, when joining Harmony FC and with the aim of bringing a new impetus to the already glorious life of Terrassa hockey. The spirit of the club's foundation has endured to our time, not only in the sport of hockey but also in all those sports disciplines that are practiced today in our facilities.

On July 1st, 1961, the current facilities were installed, which have been, with the passage of time, duly updated and expanded, with facilities for hockey, tennis, horse riding, gym, paddle pool, restaurant, etc. In the years 1969 and 1970 the Club Egara reached its two highest awards in the highest international category: the European Cup in hockey. 

Subsequently, two European runners-up (Brussels 1993 and Terrassa 1999) and five third places (Rome 1971, The Hague 1997, Cannock 2000, Bloemendaal 2001 and Annvers 2002). In 1997, the Egara Club receives from the hands of King Juan Carlos Calos and, in Madrid, the highest award that a sports club can receive at Spanish level: The National Sports Cup - Cup Stadium 1996. In the year 1999 they were awarded the title of the best Catalan team of the year and in 2003, the bronze plate of the sport merit.

History of venues - Men

1981

Perth, Australia

1983

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1984

Hong Kong

1985

Singapore

1986

Macau

1987

Hobart, Australia

1988

Perth, Australia

1989

Singapore

1990

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1991

Hong Kong

1992

Singapore

1993

Auckland, New Zealand

1994

Adelaide, Australia

1995

Vancouver, Canada

1996

Hong Kong

1997

Seoul, South Korea

1998

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1999

Brunei

2000

Perth, Australia

2001

Singapore

2002

Hong Kong

2003

Auckland, New Zealand

2004

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2005

Melbourne, Australia

2006

Seoul, South Korea

2007

Birmingham, UK

2009

Hong Kong

2011

Singapore

2012

Canterbury, New Zealand

2014

Rotterdam, Netherlands

2016

Canberra, Australia

2018

Terressa, Spain

 

 

History of venues - Women

1991

Hong Kong

1992

Singapore

1996

Hong Kong

1997

Seoul, South Korea

1998

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1999

Brunei

2000

Perth, Australia

2001

Singapore

2003

Auckland, New Zealand

2004

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2005

Melbourne, Australia

2007

England / New Zealand

2010

Nottingham, UK

2011

Gold Coast, Australia

2012

Singapore

2014

Rotterdam, Netherlands

2016

Canberra, Australia

2018

Terrassa, Spain