The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has revealed the full schedule for the inaugural season of the Hockey Pro League which begins in 2019.
152 matches have been scheduled between January and June across the world as part of this new game-changing competition.
Nine women’s and nine men’s teams, including the Vantage Black Sticks, will be competing for the Hockey Pro League title, playing eight home and eight away matches throughout the first six months of every year. The top four teams will then compete to determine the winner in a Grand Final later in June.
New Zealand’s first taste of action at home comes on Sunday 27th January with the Vantage Black Sticks hosting a blockbusting double header against Netherlands.
The home round concludes for the Black Sticks with a heavyweight contest against Australia’s Kookaburras and Hockeyroos in New Zealand on Anzac Day.
The teams then follow the summer by returning to the northern hemisphere. An exciting end to the League awaits as nations compete to finish in the top four to guarantee qualification for the Grand Final.
“We’re delighted to publish this schedule as the world can now visualise the scale of this new global home and away league. Organising such a complex timetable involving a number of stakeholders took some time but it was refreshing to witness to amount of collaborative working throughout the process by both participating teams and broadcasters,” FIH President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra said.
“This announcement means that fans can now lock dates into their diary to ensure they don’t miss any of the world’s top nations visiting their home turf. It also allows both our participating nations and FIH to really push on with the development of this competition as we look to finalise broadcast and commercial partnerships across the world over the coming months ahead of next January’s launch.”
Click here to view and download the full Hockey Pro League schedule.