The FIH has revealed the pools – which will see two groups of four teams each – and match schedules for the looming men’s and women’s FIH Hockey Nations Cups.
The Nations Cup ushers a new dawn of promotion and relegation in the FIH Hockey Pro League with the winning team having the chance to be promoted to the 2023-24 FIH Hockey Pro League, provided they meet the necessary requirements for it.
The Men’s Nations Cup will run from 28 November to 4 December 2022, in Potchefstroom, South Africa. The hosts South Africa, will play in Pool A with France, Ireland and Pakistan; while Canada joins the Asian triumvirate of Korea, Japan and Malaysia in the Pool B.
The opening match will see two Asian powerhouses go head-to-head as Malaysia take on Korea on 28 November at the North-West University of Potchefstroom to start the new era of international hockey.
The final will be played on 4 December (see full match schedule here).
The Women’s Nations Cup will run from 11 to 17 December 2022, in Valencia, Spain. The hosts Spain, will play in Pool A with Korea, Ireland and Italy; while India, Japan, Canada and South Africa compete in Pool B.
The opening match will be played on 11 December in Valencia between India and Canada; two teams who are very familiar with each other having faced off in the Women’s World Cup Spain and Netherlands 2022 as well as the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, within the past two months. The final will be played on 17 December.