” The FHE Cup offers a great opportunity for young players to gather international experience in hockey and personal development”
Yoshi Sashiki – CEO FHE Cup
Michael Nicoli – Tournament Director
The FHE Cup started in Australia as a junior event. To this day we still honour the pledge, a pledge to allow younger players to experience hockey on an international and professional stage. The FHE Cup is focused around the under 16 tournament which is held on an international class water based turf.
With a minimum of 4 teams in each boys and girls, the tournament offers a great level of competition . Being held in Perth, Australia’s highest hockey playing percentage per capita, the under 16 skill level is of a high standard. With this, the local teams in the event offer great competition.
The FHE Cup was created in 2007 in Perth, Western Australia. Perth is the base of the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) for hockey and is home to the extended squads for both the Men’s and Women’s national hockey squads (Kookaburras and Hockeyroos).
The AIS has created a very strong platform and infrastructure in the city for hockey with international level turfs and facilities. The local club scene is very strong being populated with drafted national squad members during the season.
Perth’s weather is ideal for hockey as it is mediterranean and offers both cool and wet winters with dry and warm summers. It makes for a perfect environment for any player to train and play in a good spectrum of conditions.
The FHE Cup has been able to attract national and state representative teams from Japan, Singapore and Australia to compete. Regular appearances are made by the Japanese U16 boys and girls teams.
The tournament has typically been run over 3-4 days with at least 8 teams fighting it out (4 in each boys and girls). It is the mandate to grow the tournament to encompass more teams and offer more for the travelling team.