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Schedule of World Cup Hockey 2010 in India

Men’s Hockey world cup 2010 kicks off from 28 February in Delhi, India. The 14-day tournament will come to an end with the final match being taken place on 13 February. The tournament was advanced by a week to avoid a clash with the IPL 2010 which commences from 12 March. All of the 38 matches will be held at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi. This is the second time India is going to host men’s hockey world cup. India first hosted the tournament in 1982 when Mumbai (formerly Bombay) was the host city.

Men’s hockey world cup 2010 will be the 12th edition of the tournament which first took place in Spain in 1971. Initially, the tournament was held every 2 years, but from 1975This will be 12th edition of the tournament which first took place in 1971 in Spain. Initially, men’s hockey world cup was held after every 2 years, but from 1978 onwards the tournament has been held after every 4 years.

In a lavish ceremony held on 27 July 2009 at the Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi, it was revealed that Hero Honda, a renowned motorbike manufacturer, would be the title sponsor of the tournament. So, the tournament’s official name has been Hero Honda FIH World Cup 2010.

India’s hosting right came under a threat when FIH (International Hockey Federation) ensured that the tournament would not take place in India unless it had a democratically elected governing body for hockey. Here, it is worth mentioning that Indian Hockey Federation was dissolved and its president Kanwar Pal Singh Gill was sacked by Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on 28 April 2008 following a series of controversies over the administrative and selection issues. IOA initially formed an ad-hoc committee to run the game in the country. Under the pressure of FIH, Hockey India was formed in July 2009 by IOA. However, FIH said that Hockey India must hold an election before the men’s world cup 2010. Hockey India initially set 29 January as the date for the election, but it was postponed due to complications regarding state affiliation issues. This was the second time Hockey India (HI) election was postponed. HI president Ashok Kumar Mattoo has ensured that the election is now going to take place on 7 February 2010. Antonio Van Ondarza, the vice-president of FIH, has been appointed as a FIH observer for the election.


Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has said that it considers the men’s hockey world cup as a preparatory tournament for Commonwealth Games 2010 which is supposed to take place in Delhi in October. Suresh Kalmadi, the IOA president, said that this tournament would help the organizers of Commonwealth Games. The profit of the world cup will be shared by the organizers and FIH. However, FIH’s share would be spent for the development of hockey in India.



Qualification to Men’s Hockey World Cup 2010

There are 12 teams participating in the Hero Honda Men’s Hockey World Cup 2010 tournament. Five continental champions and the host country were given automatic qualification to the world cup finals. India has been qualified as host nation. Five continental champions are:

Champion Team

Continent

Tournament

South Africa

Africa

Africa Cup of Nations 2009

South Korea

Asia Cup

2009 Men’s Hockey Asia Cup

England

Europe

Men’s Euro Hockey Nations Championship 2009

Australia

Oceania

Men’s Oceania Cup 2009

Canada

Pan America

Men’s Pan American Cup 2009

Besides these five continental champions and host India, there are six other teams who got the world cup berths. Out of these six teams, three were decided through 3 qualifying tournaments and other three teams got the world cup tickets on the basis of FIH (International Hockey Federation) ranking at the end of the Olympics Games 2008 in Beijing.

3 teams who were qualified for the hockey world cup 2010 through FIH ranking are from Europe. They are:

Germany (1st in the ranking)

Spain (3rd in the ranking)

Netherlands (4th in the ranking)

FIH ranking at the end of the Beijing Olympic Games 2008:

Ranking

Position

Team

Continent

1

Germany

Europe

2

Australia

Oceania

3

Spain

Europe

4

Netherlands

Europe

5

New Zealand

Oceania

Germany got into the world cup finals as no. 1 ranked team, followed by Spain (3rd) and Netherlands (4th) to make up the 3 vacant places to be decided on the basis of ranking. Australia, who was at no. 2, ensured their world cup berth as the champion of Oceania region. So, their place went to 4th ranked Netherlands. If India could qualify both as host as well as continental champion, then 5th ranked New Zealand from Oceania could have qualified for the world cup finals on the basis of ranking (New Zealand later on qualified winning their qualifying tournament).

Qualifying Tournaments

There were 3 qualifying tournaments held in between 1 November 2009 and 15 December 2009 to determine three remaining participants of the tournament. Three teams reached through the qualifying tournaments are: Pakistan, New Zealand and Argentina. For the 3 qualifying tournaments, 18 teams were decided on the basis of FIH ranking at the end of the Olympics Games 2008. Each of the 3 tournaments consists of 6 teams and the three winners of the tournaments got into the men’s hockey world cup 2010. Participating teams of the qualifying tournaments are:

Tournament

Participating Teams

Winner

1st Qualifier

France, Italy Japan, Pakistan, Poland, Russia

Pakistan

2nd Qualifier

Austria, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales

New Zealand

3rd Qualifier

Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Ireland, USA

Argentina

So, the 12 participants of Hero Honda Men’s Hockey World Cup 2010 are:

Participating

Team

Continent

How Qualified

Argentina

Pan America

Qualifier

Australia

Oceania

Continental

Winner

Canada

Pan America

Continental

Winner

England

Europe

Continental

Winner

Germany

Europe

FIH Ranking

India

Asia

Host

Netherlands

Europe

FIH Ranking

New Zealand

Oceania

Qualifier

Pakistan

Asia

Qualifier

South Africa

Africa

Continental

Winner

South Korea

Asia

Continental

Winner

Spain

Europe

FIH Ranking

Men’s Hockey 2010 World Cup Format

Twelve participants of the tournament will be divided into two pools of 6 teams each. In each pool, all of the six teams will play against each other once in a round robin league system. Winning team of each game will be awarded 3 points, while the losing team will not earn any point. For drawn matches, both teams will be given 1 point each. So, each of the 12 teams will play 5 matches in the preliminary stage of the tournament. Based on the points achieved through the matches played in the preliminary stage, top two teams from each pool will progress to the semi final. Winners of the two semi finals will meet in the final, while the loosing semi finalists will take on each other in the third and fourth place deciding match.

Teams who will fail to make it to the semi final will compete for the places starting from 5th to 12th through four more matches. Third placed teams from each pool will take on each other for the 5th place. Winning team will win the 5th place, while the losing side will finish 6th in the tournament. In the same way, teams finished 4th in each pool will play for the 7th place and this match will determine the 7th and 8th places. Teams finishing 5th in both pool will face each other in a playoff to determine the 9th and 10th places. Last two places (11th and 12th) will be decided through the playoff between the teams finishing 6th in each pool in the preliminary round.

Teams in Pool A and Pool B are given below:

Pool A

Pool B

Argentina

Australia

Canada

England

Germany

India

Netherlands

Pakistan

New Zealand

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Here, you can get the full schedule of Men’s Hockey World Cup 2010:

Schedule of Men’s Hockey World Cup 2010

Stage/

Match

Date

Competing

Teams

Time

(Local)

Venue

Preli-minary

28 Feb

Sun

South Africa

vs

Spain

16:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

Australia

vs

England

18:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

India

vs

Pakistan

20:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

1 Mar

Mon

New Zealand

vs

Canada

16:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

Germany

vs

South

Korea

18:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

Netherlands

vs

Argentina

20:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

2 Mar

Tues

South Africa

vs

England

16:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

Pakistan

vs

Spain

18:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

India

vs

Australia

20:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

3 Mar

Wed

Canada

vs

Germany

16:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

Argentina

vs

South

Korea

18:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

New Zealand

vs

Netherlands

20:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

4 Mar

Thurs

South Africa

vs

Australia

16:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

England

vs

Pakistan

18:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

India

vs

Spain

20:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

5 Mar

Fri

South Korea

vs

New Zealand

16:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

Netherlands

vs

Canada

18:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

Germany

vs

Argentina

20:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

6 Mar

Sat

Australia

vs

Spain

16:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

South Africa

vs

Pakistan

18:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

India

vs

England

20:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

7 Mar

Sun

South Korea

vs

Canada

16:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

New Zealand

vs

Argentina

18:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

Germany

vs

Netherlands

20:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

8 Mar

Mon

Spain

vs

England

16:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

Australia

vs

Pakistan

18:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

India

vs

South Africa

20:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

9 Mar

Tues

Germany

vs

New Zealand

16:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

Netherlands

vs

South Korea

18:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

Canada

vs

Argentina

20:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

11th-12th

Place

Play-off

11 Mar

Thur

Pool A 6th

vs

Pool B 6th

15:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

First Semi-

Final

11 Mar

Thur

Pool A 1st

vs

Pool B 2nd

18:05

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

Second

Semi-

Final

11 Mar

Thur

Pool A 2nd

vs

Pool B 1st

20:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

9th-10th

Place

Play-off

12

Mar

Fri

Pool A 5th

vs

Pool B 5th

15:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

7th-8th

Place

Play-off

12

Mar

Fri

Pool A 4th

vs

Pool B 4th

18:05

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

5th-6th

Place

Play-off

12

Mar

Fri

Pool A 3rd

vs

Pool B 3rd

20:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

3rd Place

Play-off

13

Mar

Sat

Looser of 1st Semi-Final

vs

Looser of 2nd

Semi-Final

15:35

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

Final

13

Mar Sat

Winner of 1st Semi-Final

vs

Winner of 2nd Semi-Final

18:05

Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

1 comment:

  1. Wish have a successful games in India as well as the Olympic Games in China in 2008 .

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