FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023: Format, Teams, Venues & Streaming
This year, India will play host to the 15th FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup, which will be held in the state of Odisha. For the second straight Men’s World Cup, games were hosted in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, the state of Odisha.
The competition was also conducted in Bhubaneswar in 2018, when Belgium won the grand prize. The competition will begin on January 13 and end with the championship game on January 29.
The competition will feature 16 teams in total, however Pakistan, which has won the most titles in the history of the Men’s Hockey World Cup with four, will not be competing this year.
As India tries to win the trophy for the 2nd time in history and end a 48-year trophy drought, all focus will be on the hosts.
The eight-time Olympic winners have only ever defeated Pakistan in the final at Kuala Lumpur in 1975 to claim the title of World Champions.
India hopes to make history and secure its place in the annals of world hockey on this historic occasion.
Team India is under enormous pressure to perform well on home soil after winning a historic bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics and subsequent success with a silver medal at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
They are anticipated to present a fierce challenge to the top teams in the globe and have a genuine chance of winning the competition.
Format of FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023
Each club will play three matches during the group round, with the top 2 teams from each group moving on to the quarterfinals.
The remaining 4 spots in the final eight will be decided by the third-place teams competing against one another in crossover matches. The squad that places lowest in the group stage will, sad to say, be eliminated.
Teams of FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023
The 2023 Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup will feature sixteen teams in total, divided into 4 of four teams each.
With teams competing for the prized title of World Cup Champions, this international tournament assures to be a thrilling screen of the best hockey talent in the world.
Groups of FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023
- Group A: Australia, Argentina, France, South Africa
- Group B: Belgium, Germany, South Korea, Japan
- Group C: Netherlands, New Zealand, Malaysia, Chile
- Group D: India, England, Spain, Wales
Host venues of FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023
There are host venues set for the 15th edition of FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023. The first one has 16,000 capacity while the second has 21,000 audience capacity.
- Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar
- Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium, Rourkela
Streaming: Where To Watch FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023?
Live coverage of the 2023 Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup matches will be accessible in India on the Star Sports Network. The matches will also be broadcast live on the Disney+ Hotstar app and website, giving Indian audiences an immersive depiction of the hockey tournament.