India Men to join 2020 FIH Pro League

Published on Thursday, 18 April 2019

India Men to join 2020 FIH Pro League

Republished with approval from the FIH

Lausanne, Switzerland: Building on the successful start of the very first FIH Pro League, the

FIH Executive Board (EB) today approved, upon recommendation from the National

Associations participating in the FIH Pro League, the following principles of the match

schedule for the 2020 and 2021 seasons:

  • the League competition is maintained within the first six months of every year
  • all games remain “home games”
  • the home and away principle is kept too but this principle will now be split over two consecutive seasons and work according to the following example:
    •  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

This scheme reduces by half the travel of the teams compared to the current format,

therefore decreasing costs for teams, benefitting athletes’ welfare and reducing the impact

on the environment.


The EB also confirmed that India’s Men team will join the FIH Pro League from 2020 on, as

was unanimously supported by the other participating National Associations.


FIH CEO Thierry Weil stated: “It’s great that India will join the FIH Pro League already next

year. There is such a passion for hockey in the country that it will add a lot to our newest

competition. Furthermore, FIH would like to thank all participating National Associations

who, by agreeing on a common scheme for the 2020 and 2021 calendars, have once again

shown the solidarity of the global hockey community and their utmost will to grow the sport


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