Friday, March 1, 2024

Revealed: Top hockey umpires amongst lowest paid of Olympic sports

BIG READ EXCLUSIVE: Hockey falls behind other Olympic sports in terms of officials pay - and would be worse without FIH Pro League

World hockey umpires are one of the most poorly paid amongst Olympic sports after research conducted by The Hockey Paper showed disparity against those forced to take holiday from their professional jobs to officiate at events across the globe.

Before the introduction of the FIH Hockey Pro League in 2019, leading international umpires — effectively amateur in an increasingly fast-paced, professional game — received no remuneration from any top events, which include EuroHockey Championships, World Cups, or, prior to the new global league, at competitions such as the now defunct Champions Trophy.

The launch of Pro League season 1 finally saw umpires paid for the first time, where they received €200 (approx £173) per day.

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