1. Each club which includes a player authorized in accordance with the IIHF bylaws to play for the national team of a national member federation will be required to release that player if he is selected for one of the national teams. Regardless of his age, the player is to be released in accordance with IIHF regulations on international transfers to the team of the national member federation for which he is authorized to play. This applies to all players, regardless of whether they are transferred or not. In cases of extraordinary sportive circumstances, the sports director of the Austrian Ice Hockey Federation will decide.

  2. This provision is binding for the following games:

    1. A total of nine national team games per league season, on no more than four occasions.
    2. Additionally, any games played in world and continental championships, Olympic Games and Olympic qualification games, for a maximum of 18 days for a senior competition and 12 days for a junior competition.

  3. The duration of the release must also allow an appropriate period of time for practice. The relevant time periods for practice are as follows:

    1. 48 hours for an international match.
    2. 72 hours for an IIHF championship qualification tournament.
    3. 72 hours for a qualification tournament for a competition within the framework of the Winter Olympic Games; 7 days for an IIHF championship.
    4. 7 days for a competition within the framework of the Winter Olympic Games.

  4. The club and the relevant national member federation may agree on a longer or shorter duration for a release. In any case, the player is to arrive at the match location at least 48 hours prior to the start of the match.

  5. Clubs which release players are not entitled to receive financial compensation, including insurance, except in cases where compensation is agreed upon for extended release duration.

  6. The national member federation which requests a player's release will be required to bear the actual travel costs incurred for that player.

  7. Each player registered with a club is required to comply if called up by his national federation to play for one of its national teams.

  8. National member federations which wish to request the assistance of the IIHF in arranging for the release of a player who plays with a club abroad may do so under the following two conditions:

    1. The national member federation with which the player is registered must have been asked to intervene (without success).
    2. The case must be presented to the IIHF at least 14 days prior to the game for which the player's release was requested.

  9. A player who is not able to comply with a call-up from his national member federation due to injury or illness, must (if requested by the relevant federation) agree to undergo a medical examination conducted by a physician of that federation's choice.

  10. A player who has been selected by his national federation for one of its national teams must not play for the club with which he is registered during the time in which he is released or should have been released.

  11. Should a club refuse to release a player or fail to release a player despite the provisions above, the following sanctions will be applied:

    1. A monetary fine;
    2. A warning, reprimand or suspension of the club in question.

  12. Any clubs which violate the restriction set forth under (11) will be subjected to the following sanctions:

    1. Part or all of the sanctions listed in (11).
    2. The national member federation to which the club belongs will be required to declare the game(s) in which the player participated as a loss (losses) for that club.

  13. In cases where a player is again transferred to another club, the obligations above will still remain valid for the player, his new club and the new national member federation.

  14. In cases where a special agreement regarding the release of a player for national team games (2) has already been approved and signed upon completion of a transfer, the old national member federation must enclose the relevant agreement with the international transfer card.

  15. Each club is required to dispatch any requested players with a complete set of ice hockey equipment (except for helmets and gloves). Expenses for the player's hockey sticks will be reimbursed to the club accordingly. The enclosed form is to be submitted for this purpose. For all players, this reimbursement is paid out once per year after the end of the world championship.