Men's Hockey World Cup 2014
The 2014 Men's Hockey World Cup is the 13th edition of the Hockey World Cup. It will be staged at the Kyocera Stadion in The Hague, Netherlands, from 31 May to 15 June 2014. Netherlands hosts the Men’s Hockey World Cup for the third time having hosted in 1973 and 1998, earlier.
FIH had received bids from The Hague and London for hosting this event. The Hague, Netherlands was selected as the host and the same was announced on November 11, 2010 in the FIH Congress and Forum in Montreux, Switzerland .
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) organises The Hockey World Cup which is an international field hockey competition. It was in 1971 that this tournament was initiated. It has been a quadrennial event, organised so as to fill the gap between the Summer Olympics.
The Hockey World Cup was first envisaged by Pakistan's Air Marshal Nur Khan. The proposal was concurred on October 26, 1969, and adopted by the FIH Council in the meeting held in Brussels on April 12, 1970, deciding to hold the inaugural World Cup in October 1971, in Pakistan.
In view of the then indifferent political scenario between Pakistan and India, the FIH decided to move the tournament elsewhere and shifted the first Hockey World Cup to the Real Club de Polo grounds in Barcelona, Spain.
The FIH has not devised any rules and regulations as regards the number of teams that can participate in the competition. The 1971 Cup featured only ten nations, the smallest World Cup till date. The 1978 Cup was contested by fourteen nations. Sixteen nations took part in the 2002 Cup, the largest World Cup ever. The rest i.e. 9 World Cups involved 12 nations.
The initial three tournaments were biennial. The 1978 Cup was the only tournament played after three years from the preceding tournament. The tournament has been held every four years, starting with 1982.
The host nation and all continental champions from five confederations will be qualified automatically. These teams together with the six highest placed teams at the Semi finals of the 2012–14 FIH Hockey World League, that are not already qualified, totally twelve teams, will compete in this tournament.
1977 onwards, the qualification round has been introduced in the Hockey World Cup. All participating teams play in the qualification round. The teams divided into two or more pools, compete round robin play, for a place in the final tournament. The best two teams are automatically qualified and the rest of the places are decided in playoffs. The final tournament encompasses the continental champions and other qualified teams.
Five countries have ruled this tournament, in the past. Pakistan has been the most dominant team, having won the tournament four times. The Netherlands have won three titles, and Germany and Australia have won two titles each. India won the tournament once.
India conducted The 2010 Hockey World Cup was from February 28 to March 13 at New Delhi's Dhyan Chand National Stadium. Australia won over Germany by 2–1 in the final. This was Australia’s second World Cup title.
|13–23 June 2013||2012–14 FIH Hockey World League Semifinals||Belgium|
|29 June – 7 July 2013||Malaysia Johor Bahru, Malaysia||England|
|10–17 August 2013||2013 Pan American Cup||Argentina|
|17–25 August 2013||2013 EuroHockey Nations Championship||Germany|
|24 August – 1 September 2013||2013 Hockey Asia Cup||Korea|
|26 September – 5 October 2013||2013 Hockey Africa Cup of Nations|
|28 October – 3 November 2013||2013 Oceania Cup|