The FIH Pro League is already underway and now the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed the composition of the pools, venues for the six FIH Series Finals, for both men and women, scheduled between April and June this year.
The FIH Series Finals are one of the roads to reach the Olympic Games. The top two teams from each FIH Series Finals will secure a place in the Qualification Events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which will be held in October and November 2019.
The Indian men’s team is the highest ranked team across all the teams featuring in the Hockey Series Finals after having opted out of the FIH Pro League which runs up till June this year. The Indian team is placed in a fairly easy group alongside Asian Games champion Japan, who will probably be the only threat for India in the competition.
The first of the Hockey Series Finals Men’s will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 26 April – 4 May 2019 featuring Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Italy, Malaysia, Vanuatu, Wales.
While the second takes place in Bhubaneswar, India from 6 - 16 June 2019 featuring hosts India, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, USA, Uzbekistan.
Whereas, the last Hockey Series Finals will take place in Le Touquet, France from 15 June - 23 June 2019. The hosts France are lined up with Chile, Egypt, Ireland, Korea, Scotland, Singapore, Ukraine.
In the Women’s event too India is lined up with Asian Games Gold medalist Japan and are supposed to play their event in Hiroshima, Japan, alongside Chile, Fiji, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Uruguay and will compete from 15-23 June 2019.
The first of the Women’s Hockey Series Finals takes place in Ireland, Dublin from 8-16 June, 2019 with Czech Republic, France, Korea, Malaysia, Scotland, Singapore, Ukraine competing alongside hosts Ireland.
The last event of the Women’s will take place in Valencia, Spain from 19-27 June 2019 featuring Belarus, Canada, Italy, Namibia, South Africa, Thailand, Wales alongside hosts Spain.
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