Monday, April 15, 2024

FIH reveal Hockey Stars players of year nominees

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced the 20 players shortlisted to win the FIH Best Player and the FIH Best Goalkeeper Awards of the Year.

The FIH’s Hockey Stars awards came under the cosh last year after voting saw India land six categories.

The voting changed for 2022 after controversy overshadowed the previous awards when India won six of the eight categories.

This year, Hardik Singh will be bidding to win India a third men’s player of the year award in a row following  Harmanpreet Singh’s previous two wins.

Xan de Waard, a favourite for the women’s award, will vie for top honours after compatriot Felice Albers won last time out.

FIH Player of the Year Award – Nominees

Women:             
Charlotte Englebert (BEL), Rosie Malone (AUS), Eugenia Trinchinetti (ARG), Xan de Waard (NED), Sonja Zimmermann (GER)

Men:
Thierry Brinkman (NED), Jeremy Hayward (AUS), Hardik Singh (IND), Zach Wallace (ENG), Niklas Wellen (GER)

FIH Goalkeeper of the Year Award – Nominees

Women:
Jocelyn Bartram (AUS), Kelsey Bing (USA), Josine Koning (NED), Savita (IND), Julia Sonntag (GER)

BIRMINGHAM – Commonwealth Games 2022 Australia v India (Semi-final 2) Picture: Australia wins after shoot out from India. Jocelyn Bartram (GK) COPYRIGHT WORLDSPORTPICS FRANK UIJLENBROEK

Men:
Pirmin Blaak (NED), Andrew Charter (AUS), Jean-Paul Danneberg (GER), Oliver Payne (ENG), Vincent Vanasch (BEL)

Fans and players can cast their vote here until Dec 11.

The list of nominees was established by an expert panel composed of players, former players, coaches and officials selected by each of their Continental Federations. 

Every international match played in 2023 was considered (all international events and official test matches), and match data was shared with the Expert Panel before establishing the final list of nominees.

The votes of the expert panel count for 40% of the overall result. Those from National Associations count for a further 20%. The fans and other players (20%) as well as the media (20%) will make the remaining 40%.

Due to the timing of both FIH Hockey Junior World Cups – Women and Men – the FIH Rising Star of the Year Awards will be given to the Best Player of these two events.

The expert panel will decide the winners of the FIH Coach of the Year Awards, while the FIH Umpiring Committee will decide the winners of the FIH Umpire of the Year Awards.

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