India to stage FIH Men’s World Cup again, Spain and Netherlands land women’s event

Anna O'Flanagan of Ireland battles with Marloes Keetels of Netherlands during the final of the FIH Women's Hockey World Cup (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced today (Friday) that India will host its 2023 Men’s World Cup, while Spain and the Netherlands will co-host the Women’s World Cup in 2022.

The women’s event will run from July 1-17, 2022, with the men’s tournament scheduled for January 13-29, 2023. The venues will be announced at a later date by the host nations.

For the 2022 Women’s World Cup, two preliminary phase pools will be staged in the Netherlands and two in Spain, with the co-hosts to play matches in their own countries.

Each country will also host two crossover matches and two quarter-finals, before Spain hosts the semi-finals, third-place play-off and final.

The competition format for the 2023 Men’s World Cup will be the same as in 2018, when India also played host.

The hosts of the two tournaments will qualify automatically, along with the winners of the five continental championships. The remaining 10 teams will qualify through a home-and-away play-off.

FIH chief executive Thierry Weil said: “FIH has received excellent bids to host these prestigious events. It was therefore a difficult choice to make. Since the primary mission of FIH is to grow the sport worldwide – which of course requires (us) to make investments – the income-generation potential of each bid has played an important role in the decision.”

The FIH had opened up the possibility for the tournaments across two different time windows – either July 1-17, 2022 or January 13-29, 2023.

For the former time window, the FIH received single bids for the Women’s World Cup from Germany and Spain, along with the joint bid from Spain and the Netherlands which ultimately proved successful. Belgium and Malaysia had also entered single bids for the Men’s World Cup for the 2022 time period.

For the 2023 time window, India was the only country to submit a bid for the Men’s World Cup. Bids for the women’s event in 2023 were received from Malaysia and New Zealand.

The 2018 Men’s World Cup was held in the Indian city of Bhubaneswar. The women’s event took place in London.