About High Performance

Ireland is well represented when it comes to international hockey! Our senior men and senior women squads represent Ireland to the highest standard around the world on a year-round basis. There are 6 teams at Junior level with U16’s Boys and Girls, U18’s Boys and Girls and U21 Men and Women. Ireland also has several Masters teams.




High Performance Mission & Vision


What is High Performance?


Hockey Ireland High Performance division strives to prepare our elite national squads to compete at the highest levels of the sport across the globe. Focusing on strength and conditioning, correct training, mental preparation and injury recovery the aim is to develop our athletes and teams to consistently compete in European A Division and world level events such as the Olympic Games and World Cups.


The High Performance Mission:


To achieve our vision Hockey Ireland is dedicated to producing first class strategic plans driven by world class personnel.
The High Performance staff is committed to developing an elite culture driven by world-class standards of coaching, management and service provider support to create a stimulating and innovative environment for our athletes.


Selection Policy


The Hockey Ireland performance plan aims to develop players and a national programme capable of sustainable international success. This document outlines a framework and transparency for the identification and selection of players to senior Irish teams. This selection policy is designed to cover the selection of players to senior teams for all major competitions. Please note that in the case of the Olympic Games, Hockey Ireland will use the criteria to select players to nominate to the Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI).

The OFI has sole responsibility for final selection to the Irish Olympic Team. Please note that the timelines and eligibility factors for each competition will be bound by those set down externally by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and the Olympic Federation of Ireland.

This policy is subject to change by Hockey Ireland in order to facilitate amendments to international competition or OFI requirements. Any amendments to the policy will be communicated to the training panels.

The objectives of the policy are:

i. To provide a clear and fair process on for the selection of players for both senior men and women’s squads for all major competitions;

ii. to select players who will achieve the best possible results in accordance with the targets outlined in the Hockey Ireland performance plan.

The full document can found here: Hockey Ireland Selection Policy