International Transfers

Players who wish to relocate between countries known by IIHF as Member National Associations (MNA) must follow the IIHF procedures which are documented in the
2018 IIHF Transfer regulations
.

NOTE – All applications must be submitted to your local State Secretary or AIHL Operations (based upon where you play). Applications sent directly to IHA cannot be processed.

By default, you are considered a member of your birth country and even if you never played hockey, you must apply for a transfer which requires approval from the old country.

Transfer duration

  • Either a limited period, after which the player reverts automatically to their old country. Be specific with your start and finish dates otherwise it defaults to starting as soon as the old country approves via the online system (8 days maximum) until 30 June for Northern hemisphere or 31 August for Southern hemisphere.
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  • or Unlimited which means they remain a member of the new country until another transfer is processed. Every unlimited application also requires a completed IIHF Unlimited Transfer Request Form (UTRF) to be lodged with the application.

Transfer availability

  • IIHF have implemented deadlines which stop transfers in the latter part of a season that might otherwise impact upon the balance of any competition. There is no avenue for appeal.
  • From the IIHF regulations :-
    •       The Transfer deadline for Northern Hemisphere MNAs is 23.59h (CET) on
            February 15 of the applicable season. The Transfer deadline for Southern
            Hemisphere MNAs is 23.59h (CET) on July 31 of the applicable season. Should the
            deadline date fall on a weekend; the deadline date will become 23.59h (CET) on
            the Monday immediately following the weekend. The IIHF must receive the
            Transfer approval within the System by the Transfer deadline. The IIHF may extend
            the February 15th deadline in a Winter Olympic year to enable Player movement
            after that event is complete.

Transfer costs

  1. For players under 18, the transfer is at zero cost.
  2. For players over 18, the transfer costs $600 plus GST together any service fee charged by the old country up to 500 Swiss Francs (CHF). 
  3. The current fees charged by overseas Associations can be found here – Service Fees Summary
  4. IHA does not charge a service fee.

Transfer process

The process begins by applying to join the new country. They will provide the necessary list of information required to process your transfer, and liaise with the old country to complete the  transfer.

To expedite the process, it is advised to obtain a letter of release from your old club and
state association to be submitted with your request. This information will also be required by IHA prior to approving the transfer when it arrives from the new country.

The transfer typically takes 8 days once entered into the IIHF system. If you have not received a reply within 2 weeks, then we suggest that you contact the person with whom you lodged the paperwork to  request a progress update.

In the case of Australia, you can expect to receive a copy of the approved transfer paperwork for your records.

For incoming players, the you need to

  • Complete the IHA Application for an incoming IIHF Transfer
  • Provide a copy of your Passport
  • Attach a release from your current club to expedite processing.
  •       For a player coming from Hockey Canada, the Hockey Canada transfer form is required.
  •       For a player coming from USA Hockey, the USA Hockey transfer form is required
  • If an unlimited transfer is being sought, then the IIHF Unlimited Transfer Request Form must be completed.
  • You email the paperwork to your new IHA State Secretary or AIHL Operations (based upon where you play) who will work with the IHA office to process your request. Each document must be a separate attachment – minimum size of 500kB per document. 
  • IHA will invoice the State or AIHL for all applicable fees.

For Australian players coming home early from a limited transfer, the player needs to complete an unlimited transfer to Australia.

  • Complete the IHA Application for an incoming IIHF Transfer with copies of their Passport.
  • Attach a release from current club to expedite processing.
  • The IIHF Unlimited Transfer Request Form must be completed.
  • You then return the paperwork to your new State or AIHL who will work with the IHA office to process your request. Good quality scans are acceptable.
  • IHA will invoice the State or AIHL for all applicable fees.

 

Outgoing players will need to work with their new club, who will contact the overseas association who are the responsible for the transfer process.

  • Make sure that you specify an end date for the transfer, otherwise it defaults to 30 June.
  • The overseas country will enter the request into the transfer system.
  • The system will notify IHA.
  • IHA will verify your eligibility to transfer with the State or AIHL, and then approve via the online system which will notify the overseas country.
  • At this stage the transfer is complete.

When can I play?

We recommend that to speed up processing, you should obtain a release from current club and IHA member association prior to making application. This verification should be forwarded to the IHA Office by your State or AIHL.

The transfer process will confirm your eligibility to transfer with your old club which may take some time (up to 7 days remembering that during our season, the northern hemisphere may have their offices closed while they relax after their seasons have completed.)

You will be notified once the transfer has completed  by receiving a copy of the approved transfer. At that point, you are able to participate in hockey, provided that you have completed the registration requirements of your new country.

Eligibility for National teams is governed by IIHF regulations explained here