Men's FIH Pro League

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FIH Pro League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2020 Men's FIH Pro League
FIH Pro League Logo.png
FormerlyHockey World League
SportField hockey
Founded2017; 3 years ago (2017)
Inaugural season2019
No. of teams9
ContinentInternational (FIH)
Most recent
champion(s)
 Australia (1st title)
(2019)
Most titles Australia (1 title)
Official websitefihproleague.com

The Men's FIH Pro League is an international men's field hockey competition organised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), which replaces the Men's FIH Hockey World League. The competition, also served as a qualifier for the Hockey World Cup and the Olympic Games.[1]

The first edition started in 2019. Nine teams secured their places for four years.

Format[edit]

Nine men's and women's teams will compete in a round-robin tournament with home and away matches, played from January to June, with the top four teams advancing to the grand final at a pre-determined location.[2] In July 2017, Hockey India decided to withdraw both the men's and women's national teams from the competition as they estimated the chances of qualifying for the Summer Olympics to be higher when participating in the Men's FIH Hockey World League. Hockey India also cited lack of clarity in the ranking system.[3][4] The International Hockey Federation subsequently invited Spain (men) and Belgium (women) instead.[5] Pakistan were suspended on 23 January 2019 after they could not play their first three games.[6] India join the Pro League from 2020 onwards.[7]

Current teams
Former teams

2020 format changes[edit]

For the 2020 edition, the home and away principle is kept but this principle will now be split over two consecutive seasons and work according to the following example:[7]

  • in 2020, Team A will host Team B twice within a couple of days
  • in 2021, Team B will host Team A twice within a couple of days

2022 format changes[edit]

From 2022 onwards the bottom team at the end of the season will be relegated and will be replaced by the winner of a new competition called the Men's FIH Intercontinental Cup.[8]

Results[edit]

2019[edit]

Year Final host Final Third place match Teams
PR / FR
Champions Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
2019
Details
Amstelveen, Netherlands
Australia
3–2
Belgium

Netherlands
5–3
Great Britain
8 / 4

2020–present[edit]

Year Final group rank Teams
PR / FR
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
2020
Details
9 / 0

Team appearances[edit]

Team 2019 2020 Total
 Australia 1st Q 2
 Argentina 5th Q 2
 Belgium 2nd Q 2
 Germany 6th Q 2
 Great Britain 4th Q 2
 India Q 1
 Netherlands 3rd Q 2
 New Zealand 8th Q 2
 Pakistan DSQ 0
 Spain 7th Q 2
Total 8 9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hockey Pro League Q&A". fih.ch. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  2. ^ "'Game-changing' Hockey Pro League teams announced for 2019". fih.ch. 11 June 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Hockey India justifies withdrawal from FIH Pro League". The Times of India. 9 July 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  4. ^ "FIH statement on the withdrawal of Hockey India from the Hockey Pro League". fih.ch. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  5. ^ "FIH confirms Spain men and Belgium women join Hockey Pro League". fih.ch. 28 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  6. ^ "FIH Pro League: Pakistan out of first edition". fih.ch. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Executive Board approves 2020 and 2021 FIH Pro League match schedule principles". fih.ch. International Hockey Federation. 16 April 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  8. ^ "FIH creates Hockey5s World Cup". fih.ch. International Hockey Federation. 11 November 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2019.