IIHF mission statement

Founded in 1908, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) is a federation of member national hockey associations governing the sport of ice hockey and in-line hockey for both men and women.


The objectives of the IIHF are:

  • To govern, develop and promote hockey throughout the world
  • To develop and control international ice and in-line hockey
  • To promote friendly relations among the member national associations
  • To operate in an organized manner for the good order of the sport.


The IIHF will take all necessary measures to attain the following:

  • Conduct the affairs according to its Statutes, Bylaws and Regulations
  • Arrange sponsorships, media coverage, license rights, advertising and merchandising in connection with all IIHF competitions 
  • Hold a clear jurisdiction of ice and in-line hockey internationally
  • Uniform international regulations and official playing rules
  • Aid in the development of young players
  • Aid in the development of coaches and game officials
  • Organize all events of the IlHF 
  • Oversee the international transfers of players
  • Establish contact with other sports federations and groups
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