Hockey: FIH changes the qualification process for 2022 & 2023 World Cups

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has altered the qualification process for its World Cups in 2022 and 2023 following the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The FIH has increased the number of quota places for the two tournaments which are available through Continental Championships from six to 11. 

How the Hockey nations can qualify for 2022 & 2023 World Cups ?

Traditionally, only the winner of each Continental Championship has been awarded an automatic World Cup berth. The world body of Hockey has now decided to increase the number of quota places from these continental championships to almost double. The Continental Championships will now provide from 11 World Cup berths from hitherto 6. The top four nations in the women’s event, including co-hosts Spain and The Netherlands, at the 2021 EuroHockey Championship, moved to avoid a clash with the new Tokyo 2020 dates, will now secure a place at the 2022 World Cup.

Two will qualify from Asia, Oceania and Pan America, while the winner of the African event will be given the continent’s sole World Cup quota. Europe will also have at least four places at the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup, set to take place in India. Three – including one reserved for the host nation – will be on offer at the 2021 Asia Cup, while two will qualify at the corresponding event in Oceania.

They will be joined by the winners of the Pan American Cup and the Africa Hockey Cup of Nations. Stand-alone qualifiers will be organized to fill the remaining five spots at each of the women’s and men’s events. The FIH had been set to hold home-and-away play-offs to determine the remaining nations at each competition, but this appears to have been shelved.

The process for the two events also differs from the last Men’s and Women’s World Cups, held in 2018. Eleven and 10 places for the men’s and women’s tournaments, respectively, were awarded through the now-defunct Hockey World League.