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Are you eligible to play for Wales?

In order to be eligible to represent Wales you have to fulfil the following criteria:

Meet both the following criteria:

  1. Hold a British passport AND
  2. Be an affiliated member of Hockey Wales (details found here)

In addition to meeting both of the above criteria, you must be able to evidence ONE of the below criteria:

  • Player was born in Wales
  • Player’s parent was born in Wales
  • Player’s grandparent was born in Wales
  • Player has resided in Wales for 2 years continuously, to the point of first selection
  • Player was born in or are resident in a British Crown Dependency or British Overseas Territory – and as a result been deemed able to choose which one of the GB Home Nations they wish to be considered to represent

Players will only be able to represent Welsh under age squads (U21, U18, U16) if they are under the necessary age by 1st January in the year of competition or otherwise as deemed by the European Hockey Federation / International Hockey Federation.

Differing criteria applies for those players holding dual nationality or for those that have represented another country at U21 level or senior level and any such person wishing to make themselves available for selection must first contact Hockey Wales for clarification.

Details about eligibility to play for Wales in the Commonwealth Games can be found here.

Details regarding the FIH International Player Eligibility can be found here.

National Age Group Entry

For players aged under 18, the route to play for Wales is through our 360° Hockey Centres programme.

Once a member of the programme, you will have the opportunity to be nominated through to the National Age Group programme by the 360° Centre Head Coach.
Players based outside of Wales are encouraged to contact Aoife Smyth, Performance Coordinator to establish the most convenient centre to attend.

Senior International Programmes

The Senior International Programmes are appropriate for those players predominantly aged over 18 who can compete at an international level. Players over 18 will no longer train as a separate U21 and senior programme, instead a more talent development driven model will see all athletes train as a Wales Performance Training Squad. This training will be supported by relevant competition at U21, or Seniors.

Players deemed appropriate from the U18 national age groups (NAG) will be nominated by their NAG head coach to attend an extended period of senior training. Players not nominated from the
U18 NAG programme will be given verbal and written feedback from their head coach with individual focus points to continue their development within their club structures.

Players that wish to nominate themselves or re-enter the senior programmes are asked to submit a prospective international athlete CV along
with a detailed reference from their club coach outlining their ability to train and compete at a senior international level.

This application should be supported by a video outlining current skill level within a competitive game / training environment. In summary you will need:

  • Prospective International Athlete CV
  • Club coach supporting reference
  • Video of current performance level

Once these submissions are received and eligibility confirmed, the senior head coach will review the application and the player will be contacted by Hockey Wales regarding the outcome and next steps.

Please send all applications through to Aoife Smyth, Performance Co-ordinator