Sport and Development

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The IIHF Sport Development Program which was initiated in 1997 co-operates with member National Associations in a partnership to develop and promote hockey world wide.   Within this partnership the IIHF Sport Development Program provides National Associations with the resources to organize and operate the educational programs within their country.

However, the IIHF does not operate development within nations but aim to assist a country with its development programs. Ultimately it is the National Association's responsibility to provide the highest quality of instruction, training and supervision in order to operate their own programs and educate their own membership.


The IIHF and the National Associations work in a partnership to enhance the game of ice hockey globally.
Our interest is in developing the game of ice hockey globally with internationally compiled resources of coaching, player, officiating, medical and administrator material.   This educational material is designed to be used as the core development program for any IIHF member National Association or as a supplement to an existing program, already being operated.


Our challenge is to support each member National Association in the growth and development of hockey within their country in order to foster and develop the game of hockey around the world.
We will assist National Associations to educate their own hockey membership.
In our quest to develop players, coaches, administrators and game officials our aim is also to develop life skills in the youth of the world through the game of ice hockey.


Our aim is to compile an international library of coaching, player, administrator and officiating educational materials, including books and videos which have been developed by the IIHF and its member National Associations.
We will discuss each country’s requirements and provide them with the best assistance possible to develop the game within their own country’s culture and hockey situation.


The five educational programs listed below make up the IIHF Sport Development Program.
  • IIHF Coach Development Program
  • IIHF Official’s Development Program
  • IIHF Junior Hockey Development Program  (including Player Development)
  • IIHF Medical Development Program
  • IIHF Administrator Development Program

Development Hub

The IIHF Development Hub provides Member National Associations, Clubs and other stakeholders with supportive resources to organize and operate development and educational programs.

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IIHF Intro to Ice Hockey
New to the sport of ice hockey? This handy animation will teach you some of the basics of the fastest team sport on earth.
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