The world’s richest field hockey league, the Hero Hockey India League, kicks off its inaugural season in India on January 14 in New Delhi. The league is filled with international superstars such as Jamie Dwyer, Mark Knowles, Jaap Stockman, Nick Wilson, Ashley Jackson and Mortiz Fuerste. Fifteen Australian players will be participating, as well as nine Pakistani players. There will be five teams participating in this tournament — the Mumbai Magicians, the Delhi WaveRiders, the UP Wizards, the Ranchi Rhinos and the Punjab Warriors.
The finals of the maiden HHIL (Hero Hockey India League) in India on February 10, 2013. The Investec Challenge Series is also being played in South Africa, with the Netherlands, Australia, England and hosts South Africa participating. The Hockey World League Round 2 also takes place in February in New Delhi from Feb 18, 2013 to Feb 24, 2013. India will be hosts, and will compete China, Oman, Bangladesh and a bunch of other countries that we didn’t even know had field hockey teams.
South Africa and Belgium were qualifiers in the Hockey World League Round 2 in Cape Town, South Africa. And Argentina were easy winners of the 2013 South American Hockey Championships, beating Chile 4-0 inthe finals.
The Blacksticks women’s field hockey team will be touring Argentina for a five game series. The Black Sticks leave for Argentina on the 21st February, returning to New Zealand on the 4th March. The tests will be held on the 24th, 25th and 27th February as well as the 1st and 2nd March (NZ Time).
The EuroHockey League Round 3 will crown its winner on April 1st. New Zealand will host the four nations women’s hockey tournament, with the Black Sticks women going head to head against world cup holders Argentina. The USA and Korea will also be participating. Also on the international calendar during the relatively quiet month are the qualification tournaments for the Africa Cup. The English and Dutch men’s field hockey teams are scheduled to play a series of friendlies in India in late April, according to Hockey India’s website.
The final two Hockey World League Round 2 Tournaments will be played in France and Russia to finnalize the field for the next round. European hockey will also be on center stage with the Club Champions Trophy taking place in Antwerp, Belgium.
Toronto will play host to the Pan American Cup August 10-18. In Asia, the 9th Men’s Asia Cup will begin in Ipoh, Malaysia on August 24.
The Africa Cup of Nations, the Women’s Asian Cup and the Women’s Pan American Cup are scheduled for September, with exact dates to be finalized.
The Oceania Cup rounds out the Continental Championships in October.
The first-ever Hockey World League Final will be held in Argentina from November 30-December 8. The tournament will determine the first-ever winner from the Hockey World League after nearly two years of build-up.
Men’s Junior World Cup in India from December 5-16. The top-16 men’s junior teams will take part in the year-end tournament.