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India to host 24-strong Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup in 2025

India will host the next Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup in 2025, the International Hockey Federation announced on Tuesday.

It will be the first time that a Hockey Junior World Cup will include as many as 24 teams after the FIH upped the competing teams from 16. 

This expansion will provide global competition opportunities for more young athletes from eight more countries around the world, in a tournament format that will see every team playing six matches.

The 2025 edition will be contested next December. No venue has been announced as yet.

FIH president Tayyab Ikram said: “Giving more opportunities to play to a larger and more diverse number of National Associations is one of the key pillars of our Empowerment and Engagement strategy. 

“We saw at the FIH Hockey5s World Cup in Oman this year how more diversity brings a huge added value to our events. Therefore, I’m very happy that we’ve increased the number of participating teams for the FIH Hockey Junior World Cups and I look forward to seeing these 24 young teams, representing the future of our sport.

Shri Bhola Nath Singh, secretary general of Hockey India said: “Hosting the FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup 2025 is a significant step for us, and we appreciate the FIH’s trust in us. This event offers a fantastic chance to bring hockey to even greater heights, inspiring a whole new generation of players and fans in India and globally.”

The last edition of the men’s event took place in 2023 in Malaysia and was won by Germany.

Total Hockey

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