Congresses

General Congress

The Congress is the IIHF's highest legislative body and makes decisions about the rules of the game, the statutes & bylaws and the regulations and codes. The General Congress, which is made up by representatives from all IIHF member national associations, also elects the president and the council.
 
In the past, the president and the council were elected at the Annual Congress that usually was held in conjunction with the IIHF World Championship. However, as of 1975, these elections took place during a General Congress which was held every fourth year. 

History of General Congresses:

1975 Gstaad, Switzerland
1978 Sirmione, Italy
1982 Nice, France
1986 Colorado Springs, USA
1990 Saint Vincent, Italy
1994 Venice, Italy
1998 Lausanne, Switzerland
2003 Marbella, Spain
2008 Montreal, Canada
2012 Tokyo, Japan
2016 Moscow, Russia

Nowadays, the elections are held every four years and during the Semi-Annual Congress. The next elections will occur during the 2020 Semi-Annual Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Elections

Click here for the Election Document for the elections in 2020.

This IIHF Election Document sets out the all information, rules and procedures for all candidates wishing
to be considered for election to the IIHF Council and IIHF Internal Auditors. The elected positions include
President, Senior Vice President, Regional Vice Presidents, Council Members and Internal Auditors.

Annual Congress

The Annual Congress meet as follows: Every year during the IIHF World Championship.

The Annual Congress is organized by the IIHF office in co-operation with the hosting member national association.

Notice of all regular Congresses will be given by the IIHF office not later than eight weeks before such Congress. All relevant documents, including the Agenda, will be sent out at least four weeks before the Congress.

Semi-Annual Congress

The Semi-Annual Congress meet as follows: Every year between 1 September and 15 October.

The Semi-Annual Congress is organized by the IIHF office in co-operation with the hosting member national association.

Notice of all regular Congresses will be given by the IIHF office not later than eight weeks before such Congress. All relevant documents, including the Agenda, will be sent out at least four weeks before the Congress.

Extraordinary Congress

An Extraordinary Congress shall be called only upon written request of one fifth of the full member national associations or by the council. The items on the agenda shall be limited to those specified at the time the Extraordinary Congress was requested.

An Extra-Ordinary Congress Meeting shall occur within twelve weeks following the request for such Meeting.