FIH Pro League interesting fan facts

Pro League facts article

1 day to go until the FIH Pro League ballot closes to winning applicants, and some patterns are emerging. The FIH Pro League is a game-changing international league offering 12 opportunities to see Great Britain’s Men’s and Women’s teams play against the best in the World. For those who didn’t enter the ballot, general sale will open on 16 November for any remaining tickets, although at this rate there won’t be many left! Sign up to our tickets newsletter for more info.If you have been successful in the ballot, you have until midnight on 25 October to purchase, after which your tickets will be released. Anyone initially unsuccessful will then be offered any unsold tickets.

Some stands are selling out
The best seats sell fast and tickets are beginning to sell out in some areas of the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre stadium, with the East Stand now sold out for the ‘Double Header’ fixture against Australia (where both men’s and women’s teams will play). It’s also sold out for the Netherlands women’s match, and the Argentina Double Header only has a few seats left. If you were successful in the ballot, make sure you buy your allocated tickets or you could miss out with some matches looking very likely to sell out.

The geography of Great Britain fans
Hockey has always seen fans from across the country travelling to see matches, and not just London. The average distance travelled to a match is much higher than other international sports, with Stratford a particularly accessible location by public transport. The top London Borough in terms of fans is Wandsworth in South West London, and the top county is Surrey, closely followed by Kent and Essex. But it’s not all contained to the South East with large numbers already coming from Devon, North Yorkshire and further afield.

Which clubs’ fans are going to the FIH Pro League?
Hockey has always been a great group trip for club members, offering a day out which ticks many more boxes than just the sport on the pitch. So far, Waltham Forest Hockey Club top the list of club members with FIH Pro League tickets. They’re followed by Old Loughtonians, Surbiton, Wimbledon, East London, Sevenoaks, and Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Clubs. In fact most England Hockey clubs already have members coming en masse so if you’re a member of a hockey club, get your tickets as you’ll be able to meet your club mates there!

The most popular sessions so far...
With 16 matches across 12 sessions at the FIH Pro league, there's a lot to choose from. So which are hockey fans' favourite matches? The most popular session so far is the Great Britain Double Header versus Australia. The Argentina and New Zealand Double Headers are also very popular alongside the Netherlands women’s match.
See our guide to Great Britain’s opposition in some of the top sessions below, giving you a taste of the mouth-watering action coming your way in 2019:

Great Britain vs Argentina: Double Header, 18 May
When it comes to passion, flair and firepower few teams come close to Argentina! With the Argentina’s men 2nd ranked in the World and Olympic Champions, and their women 4th in the World and with a history of success, this is shaping up to be a cracking spectacle. Argentina’s incredible supporters are well known for their loud singing and loyal support.

Great Britain vs Belgium: Double Header, 19 May
The Belgium men’s team are Olympic and European Silver medallists and renowned for their strength and depth, harbouring a wealth of world-class talent including 2017 FIH World Player of the Year Arthur Van Doren.

Great Britain vs Australia: Double Header, 9 June
Australia’s men and women possess incredible pedigree with plenty of famous players and teams well remembered in hockey history. The men’s side are currently the number one team in the world while the women, who made it to the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup semi-finals currently sit in third.

Great Britain vs Netherlands: Women, Fri 14 June; Men, Sat 15 June
The Netherlands women’s team have dominated international hockey for a number of years and showed their skill and class in abundance to win the recent Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup in London. The men’s side possess equal skill and although sit fourth in the world rankings are capable of beating any side with their deep talent reserves.

Great Britain vs New Zealand: Double Header, 23 June, The Stoop
This fixture has now moved to the Stoop, Harlequins rugby team’s home ground in Twickenham, due to demand for hockey tickets. New Zealand are a top 10 nation in both genders and many will remember their women’s match with Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics as they faced off for a Bronze medal which Great Britain famously won.

If you entered the ballot, make sure you buy your allocated tickets to avoid missing out - the deadline is 25 October for the first allocations. If you didn’t enter, general sale opens on 16 November for any remaining tickets. Sign up to our tickets newsletter for more info.