The International Masters Hockey Association (IMHA) was formed in 2007 to administer and promote international level field hockey for men and women of 35 to 60 years of age. Prior to this countries around the Pacific Rim had held fledgling International Masters Tournaments, but as European nations embraced the concept it was recognised that a more global organisation was needed and in 2008 the IMHA was formally recognised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) as the official body for Masters hockey in these age groups.
The main aim of the IMHA is to promote and develop international tournaments for players of all hockey nations. Where it is possible to hold such tournaments alongside major events on the FIH Calendar, IMHA players will have opportunities to participate in their own competitions and watch world class hockey.
The increasing number of nations joining this organisation in recent years has led to an increase in the number of teams in each age group and an improvement in the quality of the hockey being played. The future looks exciting given the growing level of participation in this area of hockey.
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