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Hosts for 2022 & 2023 Hockey World Cup announced

The International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Executive Board on Friday declared that India will have the honour of hosting the 2023 edition of the Men’s Hockey World Cup. Spain and the Netherlands have been announced as the co-hosts for the FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup to be held in 2022.

The Men’s Hockey World Cup is scheduled to be played from 13th to 29th January 2023 whereas the Women’s World Cup will be played between 1st to 17th July 2022. The host nations will announce the venues for the tournaments.

“FIH has received excellent bids to host these prestigious events. It was, therefore, a difficult choice to make,” Thierry Weil, FIH CEO, said in an official statement.

“Since the primary mission of FIH is to grow the sport worldwide – which of course requires to make investments, the income-generation potential of each bid has played an important role in the decision,” he added.

The Executive Board also approved the qualification process for both events.

They are as:

  1. the hosts will qualify automatically for the World Cup (one team);
  2. the winners of the Continental Championships will qualify directly for the competition (five teams).

The qualification for the remaining ten teams will be through a home-and-away play-off.

The 20 teams involved in these qualifiers are planned to be decided by Continental quotas, based on the World Rankings towards the end of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games as well as the finishing positions of teams in the Continental Championships. Indian men’s and women’s teams had qualified for the 2020 Olympics earlier this month.

Following is the schedule for the 2022 FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup:

Preliminary Phase:

Two preliminary phase pools in the Netherlands followed by two preliminary phase pools in Spain, including the Spanish team.

Quarter-Finals:-

Two crossover matches as well as two quarter-finals in the Netherlands.

Two crossover matches along with two quarter-finals in Spain.

The semi-finals, final and third/fourth playoff match will be played in Spain.

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