International Transfers

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

NOTE – All transfers are processed using the new IIHF Online Transfer system which has replaced the older ITC cards and LoA documents. This has reduced the paperwork and sped up the processing of applications. All transfers become active within the 7 days of entering the system, hence no future start dates are supported.

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

Transfer duration

  • Either a limited period, after which the player reverts automatically to their old MNA. Be specific with your start and finish dates otherwise it defaults to starting immediately the paperwork is signed 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 MNA 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 MNA up to 500 Swiss Francs (CHF). 
  3. The current fees charged by overseas Associations can be found here – Service Fees Summary
  4. Note –  IHA does not charge a service fee.

Transfer process

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

To expedite the process, it is advised to obtain a letter of release from your old club and
member 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 MNA.

For incoming players, the you need to

  • Complete the IHA Application for an incoming IIHF Transfer
  • Provide a copy of your Passport
  • Provide a copy of your Visa/Permanent Residency documents.
  • Attach a release from your current club to expedite processing.
  • If an unlimited transfer is being sought, then the IIHF Unlimited Transfer Request Form must be completed.
  • You return the paperwork to your new IHA member association who will work with the IHA office to process your request. Good quality scans are acceptable – minimum size of 500kB per document. 
  • IHA will invoice the IHA member association 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 IHA member association who will work with the IHA office to process your request. Good quality scans are acceptable.
  • IHA will invoice the IHA member association all applicable fees.

 

Outgoing players will need to work with their new club, who will contact the overseas association (MNA) 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 MNA will enter the request into the transfer system.
  • The system will notify IHA.
  • IHA will verify your eligibility to transfer with the IHA member association, and then approve via the online system which will notify the overseas MNA.
  • 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 IHA member association.

The transfer process will confirm your eligibility to transfer with your old club which may take some time (up to a week 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 MNA.