International Transfers

Background

As a member of the IIHF, we are bound by their transfer regulations.

  • All overseas born players competing in IHA designated competitive leagues who were not already playing in a designated league prior to the 2018 year will require a current IIHF transfer. .
  • Any player who has ever had an IIHF transfer will require a current transfer to Australia in order to participate in any designated league
  • Senior players in non-designated leagues may choose to either a) apply for a IIHF transfer, possibly where the $0 options apply or b) provide a Stat Dec to declare that they have either i) never played elsewhere  or ii) they have no outstanding debts or suspensions from other leagues.
  • All under-age players who are not already under the jurisdiction of IHA will require a IIHF transfer which incurs no cost from IIHF.

Transfer process

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 2019 IIHF Transfer regulations. (updated Nov 2018)

A new regulation – Article 9.4 –  provides for $0 transfers for a person who has never played before or not played for 15 years. After proving your residency for 18 months in the country of the New MNA as well as the non-registration for more than 15 years, no costs will be charged for the transfer. IIHF will accept phone bills in your name covering the 18 month period.

NOTE – All applications must be submitted to your club Secretary. 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.
  • 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 $700 plus GST together any service fee charged by the old country up to 500 Swiss Francs (CHF).
  3. NEW – IIHF have introduced a $0 transfer for “Never Played” applications see 9.4 of the 2019 IIHF Transfer regulations
  4. The current fees charged by overseas Associations can be found here – Service Fees Summary
  5. IHA does not charge a service fee where the application is complete and ready for processing. All incomplete applications will be returned and may incur a fee of $50 plus GST.

Transfer process

A transfer request 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.

The transfer may take up to 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 transfers into Australia, you can expect to receive a copy of the approved transfer paperwork for your records.

For incoming players, you need to

    • Complete the IHA Application for an incoming IIHF Transfer (updated April 2019)
    • Provide a copy of your Passport (this will not be retained on file after the transfer is completed)
    • Attach a release from your current club to expedite processing, if available.
    • For a player coming from Hockey Canada, the Hockey Canada transfer form is required.  Note the Club section is completed by the NEW club.
    • For a player coming from USA Hockey, the USA Hockey transfer form is required.  Note the Club section is completed by the NEW club.
    • If an unlimited transfer is being sought, then the IIHF Unlimited Transfer Request Form must be completed.
    • If you are seeking to apply article 9.4, then attach the proof of residency
    • You email the paperwork to your Australian club secretary who will work with the State/AIHL to have your request processed. Each document must be a separate attachment and legible, as a guide this means a minimum size of 200kB per document.
    • IHA will invoice the State/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.

    • Attach a release from current club to expedite processing.
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    • You email the paperwork to your Australian club secretary who will work with the State/AIHL to have your request processed. Each document must be a separate attachment and legible, as a guide this means a minimum size of 200kB per document.
    • IHA will invoice the State/AIHL for all applicable fees.

 

For Australian players coming home for a short period, then returning to your transferred county, the player needs to complete a limited transfer to Australia.

    • You email the paperwork to your Australian club secretary who will work with the State/AIHL to have your request processed. Each document must be a separate attachment and legible, as a guide this means minimum size of 200kB per document.
    • IHA will invoice the State/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 who will confirm your eligibility to transfer by contacting your State/AIHL to
      • verify the dates of the transfer
      • name of your current team
      •        and will then approve via the online system  which will notify the overseas country.
    • At this stage the transfer is complete and you will no longer be allowed to compete in any Australian hockey.

When can I play?

The transfer process will confirm your eligibility to transfer with your old club which may take some time (up to 8 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