The European Hockey Federation Umpire Development Programme (UDP) has been a successful pioneering initiative which has been running in Europe since 2007.
The UDP targets talented young umpires within Europe and provides a programme of events running over a three year period. The programme is planned by two mentors who provide personal tutelage and guidance throughout the 3 years and organise seminars, events and practical weekends. Some of the top umpires in the world have volunteered in the past as mentors for the UDP programme.

National Associations (NA) are invited in August each year to nominate their top umpires for EHF UDP. EHF can only accept umpires nominated via their NA.

Each UDP group receives a 3 year programme of training.

Selection for the UDP is based on the criteria of those umpires (18 – 30 years of age) most likely to achieve the goal of Grade 1 within a reasonable time. Umpires must have international experience, a good level of English and also maintain a high level of fitness and be able to pass the Standard FIH Fitness Test (Beep Test or Cooper Test).

The Application process starts each year in August / September with a letter with the UDP information Pack to the NAs asking them to complete the Nomination Form and Umpire CV.

Nominations are collated and reviewed by the EHF Education Committee – Umpiring Working Group and successful umpires are selected and informed in December.

Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Be between 18 – 30 years of age
  • 2. Have a good level of English
  • 3. Be actively Umpiring in NA
  • 4. Have International Experience
  • 5. Feedback from an international tournament (desirable)
  • 6. 5 minute video
  • 7. Application CV
  • 8. High Standard of Fitness

For more information about the UDP programme, please contact our Education and Development Manager, Norman Hughes (

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