Sunday, December 3, 2023

Spain to host first FIH Nations Cup ahead of Hockey Pro League promotion

Spain will host the inaugural FIH Hockey Women’s Nations Cup in December 2022, a competition which will see teams aim to be promoted to the FIH Pro League for the first time.

The Nations Cup will take place in Valencia from 10 to 17 December 2022 and will feature eight teams based on world rankings: Spain, Canada, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea and South Africa.

The winner will be promoted to the 2023/24 FIH Hockey Pro League, although the FIH said that each nation would have to “meet the necessary requirements for it”.

FIH CEO Thierry Weil said: “On behalf of FIH, I’d like to thank wholeheartedly the Royal Spanish Hockey Federation for hosting this inaugural edition of the FIH Hockey Women’s Nations Cup, a new competition in our portfolio which will bring further excitement to our sport.

“Nothing less than a place within the FIH Hockey Pro League is at stake. This promises to generate great and hard-fought matches between excellent teams! That is really good for the growth of our sport worldwide.”

Santiago Deó, President of the Royal Spanish Hockey Federation, said: “We are very happy that the FIH has given us the organization of the FIH Hockey Women’s Nations Cup. Another great women’s hockey event that we will be able to organize in our country. We are proud to be the chosen ones and we are very grateful.

The FIH has yet to announce a host for the men’s version.

That will feature Canada, Malaysia, France, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Egypt.

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