2014–15 Men's FIH Hockey World League

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2014–15 Men's FIH Hockey World League
Tournament details
Teams56
Venue(s)15 (in 15 host cities)
Top three teams
Champions Australia (1st title)
Runner-up Belgium
Third place India
Tournament statistics
Matches played213
Goals scored1147 (5.38 per match)
2012-13 (previous) (next) 2016–17

The 2014–15 Men's FIH Hockey World League was the second edition of the men's field hockey series. The tournament started in July 2014 in Sveti Ivan Zelina, Croatia and finished in December 2015 in Raipur, India.[1][2][3]

The Semifinals of this competition also served as a qualifier for the 2016 Summer Olympics as the 6 highest placed teams apart from the host nation and the five continental champions qualified.

Australia won the tournament's Final round for the first time after defeating Belgium 2–1 in the final match. India won the third place match by defeating the Netherlands 3–2 on a penalty shootout after a 5–5 draw.[4]

Qualification[edit]

Each national association member of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) had the opportunity to compete in the tournament, and after seeking entries to participate, 56 teams were announced to compete.

The 11 teams ranked between 1st and 11th in the FIH World Rankings current at early 2013 received an automatic bye to the Semifinals while the 8 teams ranked between 12th and 19th received an automatic bye to Round 2. Those nineteen teams, shown with qualifying rankings, were the following:[5][6]

Schedule[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Dates Location Teams Round 2
Quotas
Round 2
Qualifier(s)
1–6 July 2014 Sveti Ivan Zelina, Croatia  Bulgaria
 Croatia
 Russia
  Switzerland
 Turkey
2  Russia
  Switzerland
2–7 September 2014 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic  Belarus
 Czech Republic
 Lithuania
 Slovakia
 Ukraine
3  Belarus
 Czech Republic
 Ukraine
5–7 September 2014 Dhaka, Bangladesh  Bangladesh
 Hong Kong
 Sri Lanka
1  Bangladesh
5–7 September 2014 Muscat, Oman  Azerbaijan
 Iran
 Oman
 Thailand
2  Azerbaijan
 Oman
5–7 September 2014 Nairobi, Kenya  Egypt
 Ghana
 Kenya
 Tanzania
1  Egypt
12–14 September 2014 Guadalajara, Mexico  Brazil
 Chile
 Guatemala
 Mexico
2  Chile
 Mexico
12–14 September 2014 Lousada, Portugal  Austria
 Italy
 Portugal
2  Austria
 Italy
1–5 October 2014 Kingston, Jamaica  Barbados
 Dominican Republic
 Jamaica
 Trinidad and Tobago
1  Trinidad and Tobago
6–11 December 2014 Suva, Fiji  Fiji
 Papua New Guinea
 Samoa
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Round 2[edit]

Dates Location Teams Qualified Semifinals
Quotas
Semifinals
Qualifiers
Host By Ranking From Round 1
17–25 January 2015 Singapore  Singapore  Japan
 Malaysia
 Poland
 Bangladesh
 Mexico
 Oman1
 Ukraine1
3  Malaysia
 Poland
 Japan
28 February – 8 March 2015 San Diego, United States  United States  Canada
 Ireland
 Austria
 Chile
 Italy
 Russia
 Trinidad and Tobago
3  Ireland
 Austria
 Canada
7–15 March 2015 Cape Town, South Africa  South Africa  China
 France
 Azerbaijan
 Belarus
 Czech Republic
 Egypt
  Switzerland
3  France
 China
 Egypt
^1Fiji and Sri Lanka withdrew from participating and Oman and Ukraine took their place.

Semifinals[edit]

Dates Location Teams Qualified Final
Quotas
Final
Qualifiers
Host By Ranking From Round 2
3–14 June 2015 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Argentina  Germany
 Netherlands
 New Zealand
 South Korea
 Spain
 Austria
 Canada
 Egypt
 Japan
4  Germany
 Argentina
 Netherlands
 Canada
20 June–5 July 2015 Antwerp, Belgium  Belgium  Australia
 Great Britain
 India
 Pakistan
 China
 France
 Ireland
 Malaysia
 Poland
3  Australia
 Belgium
 Great Britain

Final[edit]

Dates Location Teams Qualified
Host From Semifinals
28 November–6 December 2015 Raipur, India  India  Argentina
 Australia
 Belgium
 Canada
 Germany
 Great Britain
 Netherlands

Final ranking[edit]

FIH issued a final ranking to determine the world ranking. The final ranking was as follows:[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIH unveils event hosts for 2015-2018 cycle". FIH. 2013-11-08. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  2. ^ "FIH unveils plans for 2nd edition of Hockey World League". FIH. 2013-12-18. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  3. ^ "Raipur, India confirmed host of the 2015 Men's Hockey World League Final". FIH. 2015-08-18. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  4. ^ "Australia crowned Hero Hockey World League champions". FIH. 2015-12-06. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  5. ^ "FIH Men's World Rankings - 10 December 2012" (PDF). FIH. 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  6. ^ "Explanatory Note about the Format of Hockey World League 2014 / 2015" (PDF). FIH. 2014-04-16. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
  7. ^ "FIH MEN'S WORLD RANKINGS - NOVEMBER 2015" (PDF). International Hockey Federation. FIH.ch. Retrieved 2015-12-07.