FIH confirms hosts for Hockey World League Semi-Finals

David Condon celebrates getting on the scoresheet for England

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed that England, Belgium and South Africa will host the Hockey World League Semi-Finals between June and July in 2017.

Two men’s and two women’s semi-finals, which are Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers, will take place at these three locations between 15 June and 23 July, kicking off what will be a spectacular few months of international hockey.

England had already been confirmed as host of the first men’s Semi-Final, which will take place at London’s Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre between 15-25 June. The venues for the other men’s semi finals and two women’s semi-finals were confirmed this week.

Tickets to the prestigious event have already gone on sale. With England Hockey already hosting a number of successful tournaments at the place where hockey history happens, this one promises to be a competition you cannot afford to miss.

Ten teams will take part in each semi-final. They will be comprised of six teams who qualify based on their FIH Hero World Ranking, meaning some of the finest players around are guaranteed to head to London to showcase their skills on the hallowed blue turf.  The remaining four teams will qualify through Hockey World League Round 2 events taking place earlier in 2017. In total, 20 men’s and 20 women’s teams will be taking part in the semi finals.

A lot is at stake for teams participating in these tournaments. Whilst vital FIH Hero World Ranking points will be awarded depending on final standings, the top* teams from each semi-final will qualify for the 2018 Hockey World Cups in India (men) and England (women) in addition to the Hockey World League Finals taking place in India (men) and New Zealand (women) later in 2017.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to see some of the best players in the world do battle right on your doorstep at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre! Tickets can be bought here.

*Hockey World Cup 2018 Qualification: Download here
*Hockey World League Final 2017 Qualification: Download here