Hockey fans across the world will have a lot to look forward to later this year as the International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced the pools and also laid out the schedule for the Hockey Men’s World Cup, due to be held in Bhubaneshwar from the 28th November to the 16th of December 2018.
India has been drawn alongside Belgium, Canada, and South Africa in Pool C.
The World Cup, which will be contested at the Kalinga Stadium in Odisha, will play host to teams from 15 nations, who qualified through the Hockey World League semi-finals that were held in London and Johannesburg earlier last year.
The group stages of the competition, which will be played out by four groups according to the pool division will be held from 28th November – 9th December which will feature two matches in a single day.
Hosts India was joined by teams who qualified through the last year’s Hockey World League Semi-Finals competitions in London and Johannesburg or by being crowned as continental champions.
The 16 teams have been split into four pools of four, with Rio 2016 Olympic champions Argentina (current FIH World Ranking: 2) competing in Pool A alongside New Zealand (9th ranked), Spain (8th) and France (18th), while reigning world champions Australia (world no. 1) take on England (7th), Ireland (1th0) and China (17th) in Pool B.