FIH awards events to Spain, New Zealand, Netherlands

The International Hockey Federation, the FIH, has announced that it has awarded major event hosting rights to Spain, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

Spain and New Zealand will stage the Hockey World League semi-finals and finals in 2015 and 2017, respectively, while the Netherlands will host the men’s Champions Trophy in 2018.

Valencia will be the first Spanish city to host top-level hockey since the women's Hockey World Cup took place in Madrid in 2006. Ten teams will play for four places in the finals, and the tournament will also serve as a qualifying avenue for the Rio 2016 summer Olympic Games.

The other semi finals will take place in Belgium.

The subsequent eight finalists will then play in the Women's Hockey World League in Auckland in 2017 at the newly-developed North Harbour Hockey Centre – to be known as the New Zealand National Hockey Centre.

The men's Champions Trophy will take place at the Wagener Stadium in Amsterdam over June and July 2018. The venue successfully hosted the women's Champions Trophy in 2011 as well as the European Championships in 2009.