The International Hockey Federation (FIH) Hockey Pro League will resume on September 22 with the national teams of Germany hosting their Belgian counterparts in a thrilling clash between two European powerhouses. The FIH yesterday confirmed the new schedule for the men’s and women’s competitions of the 2020 FIH Hockey Pro League which, as announced on April 24, have been extended until June 2021 (instead of June 2020 as initially planned) after they were stopped in March of this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.
The calendar has been established in cooperation and agreement between the 11 participating National Associations (NAs) taking part in the second edition of the FIH Hockey Pro League and the FIH. In such a challenging period and with a very busy hockey calendar in 2021 due to the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Continental Championships and domestic league competitions, finalizing the schedule was made possible thanks to all parties showing solidarity and a willingness to compromise to complete the 2020 FIH Hockey Pro League season.
Around one third of the planned matches were completed between January and early March, with Belgium and Argentina currently leading the men’s and women’s standings respectively.
Commenting on the announcement, FIH President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra said: “All hockey fans have been eagerly waiting for the day where the world’s best teams would play again. Whilst the pandemic is not over and staying healthy while playing hockey is an absolute priority, it’s a sign of hope that the resumption of the 2020 FIH Hockey Pro League is looming. I wish all teams well and invite all fans to enjoy ‘Hockey at its Best’ in the months ahead!”
The Asian Teams next matches will be in 2021:
China Vs Belgium on January 23 & 24 in Changzhou, China
Argentina Vs China on April 10 & 11 in Tucuman, Argentina
USA Vs China on April 16 & 18 in TBC
Germany Vs China on April 24 & 25 in TBC
Great Britain Vs China on May 8 & 9 in London, UK
China Vs Australia May 15 & 16 in Changzhou, China
China Vs New Zealand on May 29 & 30 in Changzhou, China
Argentina Vs India on April 10 & 11 in Tucuman, Argentina
Great Britain Vs India on May 8 & 9 in London, UK
Spain Vs India on May 12 & 13 in Valencia, Spain
Germany Vs India on May 18 & 19 in TBC
India Vs New Zealand on May 29 & 20 in Bhubaneswar, India
FIH will continue to closely monitor the global evolution of the COVID-19 situation, with the safety of athletes, fans and everyone involved being top priority.