Belgium, Netherlands to host 2026 hockey show



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Belgium and the Netherlands will jointly host the men’s and women’s FIH Hockey World Cups in 2026, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) confirmed on November 3rd.

‘olympics.com’ stated that the two FIH Hockey World Cups will take place simultaneously in July or August 2026 in Amsterdam/Amstelveen in the Netherlands and Wavre in Belgium. Both the women’s and men’s teams will play at both venues.

The 2026 Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup will be the 16th edition of the Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men’s national field hockey teams organized by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). It will be held in Wavre, Belgium and Amstelveen, Netherlands.

The 2026 Women’s FIH Hockey World Cup will be the 16th edition of the Women’s FIH Hockey World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for women’s national field hockey teams organized by the International Hockey Federation. It will be held in Wavre, Belgium and Amstelveen, Netherlands.

The Fédération Internationale de Hockey, commonly known by the acronym FIH, is the international governing body of field hockey and indoor field hockey. Its headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland. FIH is responsible for field hockey’s major international tournaments, notably the Hockey World Cup.

‘olympics.com’ further stated that the FIH also proposed the match schedule with at least one host team – Belgium or the Netherlands – playing each day during the group stages to ensure better turnouts at stadiums.

Further, the FIH Board announced that the winners of the FIH Hockey Pro League 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 seasons will directly qualify for the FIH World Cup 2026. If the 2024-2025 Pro League winners has already qualified previously, the runner-up will be awarded the direct qualification.

The Netherlands are the defending champions at the FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup 2026. They beat Argentina in the Hockey World Cup 2022 Final held in Terrassa, Spain. The FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup 2022 was jointly hosted by the Netherlands and Spain. It was held from July 1st, 2022 to July 17th, 2022.

Meanwhile, India will be hosting the upcoming FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023 from January 13th to January 29th. The matches will be played in the Indian Cities of Bhubaneswar and Rourkela in the State of Odisha. Belgium is the defending champions.

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