2018 Hockey World Cup and Handful of Events head to India

India won the rights to host 2018 Senior Men’s World Cup after presenting a strong bid to FIH, the other countries shortlisted were Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and Germany.

FIH President Leandro Negre congratulating Elena Norman CEO Hockey India for winning the Bid for hosting 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup

FIH President Leandro Negre congratulating Elena Norman CEO Hockey India for winning the Bid for hosting 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup

Apart from 2018 Hockey World Cup, India will also be hosting the 2016 Junior Men’s World Cup, 2015 and 2017 Hockey World League Finals (2015-2018 Cycle hosts country details are here).

Hockey India Secretary General Dr. Narinder Batra said it is a proud moment for Indian Hockey to be once again given the responsibility of hosting Senior Men World Cup in 2018. I would like to specially thank Federation of International Hockey (FIH) who have reposed their faith in us to host this prestigious event in 2018. “This has been only possible with the extraordinary efforts put in by Hockey India Chief Executive Officer, Elena Norman and her team” added Dr. Batra. Continue reading →

FIH unveils event hosts for 2015-2018 cycle

Host nations now known for 17 events as part of Federation’s new assignment process

Following Thursday’s announcement that England and India will be the host nations of the Hockey World Cups in 2018, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has selected the countries that will host the vast majority of its top level events in the 2015-2018 Cycle.

International Hockey Federation (FIH) LogoThe move is part of FIH’s new event assignment process, which was launched and presented to the National Associations at the FIH Congress in November 2012.

Argentina will host two events in 2015, with the Men’s Hockey World League Semi Final and the Women’s Hockey World League Final, while Belgium will be the location for a superb joint Men’s and Women’s World League Semi-Finals tournament. The Men’s World League Final will take place in India from 5-13 December. Continue reading →

India and England to host 2018 Hockey World Cups

Today FIH has announced that England and India will be the hosts of Hockey World Cups in 2018. England Hockey’s bid for hosting women’s showpiece event and Hockey India’s bid hosting men’s quadrennial hockey event were the worthy winner after going through a new and exhaustive process of bid evaluation followed by FIH.

Major Dhyanchand National Stadium, New Delhi

Major Dhyanchand National Stadium, New Delhi had hosted 2010 Hockey World Cup for Men

FIH President Leandro Negre announced the hosts for 2018 Hockey World Cups at a special ceremony at the Beau Rivage Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday evening.

“I wish to offer my sincere congratulations to England Hockey and Hockey India on their successful bids to host the Hockey World Cups 2018”, said Mr Negre. “The quality of both bids was truly extraordinary, and the FIH is greatly looking forward to bringing its top properties to England and India. I would also like to congratulate all of the National Associations that submitted bids for these events. The standard was exceptionally high, making the decision extremely hard for the FIH Executive Board.” Continue reading →

India men & Belgium women qualify for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

Australian success at Oceania Cup confirms latest teams for The Hague

India men and Belgium women have become the latest teams to qualify for next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague (NED), the International Hockey Federation (FIH) can confirm.

Indian Men's Hockey Team: Champions Hockey World League 2 New Delhi 2013

File Photo: Indian Men’s Hockey Team after winning Hockey World League 2 New Delhi 2013

Their participation in next year’s showpiece event – which takes place in the hugely impressive 15,000 capacity Kyocera Stadium between 31 May and 15 June 2014 – was sealed following the completion of the men’s and women’s Oceania Cup continental championships in Stratford, New Zealand on Sunday. Continue reading →

Five nations Bid to host Men’s and Women’s Hockey World Cups 2018

Seven bids for showpiece men’s and women’s tournaments

Today, The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced that it has received seven high quality bids from five nations, Australia, England, India, Malaysia and New Zealand, for hosting the Hockey’s marquee events.

International Hockey Federation (FIH) LogoFour and Three official proposals to hosts the Men’s and Women’s Hockey World Cups 2018 respectively have been made, which will feature an increased 16-teams in each Men’s and Women’s events, confirming the growing interest and development of the sport. Continue reading →

Jamie Dwyer Hates Own Goal Rule in Hockey: Do you also?

Jamie Dwyer - Kookaburras / Australian Hockey Player (Photo Credit: Raghu Prasad R V)

Five-time World Player of the Year, Olympic Gold medalist and Australian co-captain Jamie Dwyer has announced this week on twitter that he hates Own Goal rule in hockey.

Wow! A pretty emphatic statement if ever I (Adam Clifford) saw one. I can’t imagine many defenders or goalkeepers are keen on this rule, but if the world’s best striker also isn’t on board then alarm bells should be ringing for the FIH rules committee.

Dwyer is of course referring to what the FIH termed a “mandatory experiment” in which if the ball touches or is played by a player of the defending team in the shooting circle, and then travels over the goal line without first leaving the circle, then it will be counted as an “own goal” against the defending team. FIH approved this rule effective on January 1, 2013. Continue reading →