COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - November 30, 2018 - The FIH Pro League is set to debut in early 2019, featuring 13 different nations between men’s and women’s national teams. With so many moving pieces this year preparing the FIH Pro League for the world stage, it has been easy to get confused or miss key information. Here are some of the most common questions USA Field Hockey has received and answered for its audience:
What is the FIH Pro League?
The is designed as an entertainment product kicking off in January 2019, replacing the Champions’ Trophy and World League Semifinals and World League Final. It will provide, for the first-time ever, a regular calendar of must-see events played in packed stadiums across the world and throughout the year.
Fans and athletes alike will enjoy a new annual global
involving the world’s leading hockey nations. It will culminate in a Grand Final with one nation being crowned Pro League Champions and receiving the single largest financial prize in the sport.
What countries are in the FIH Pro League?
Nine women’s and nine men’s teams will be competing for the FIH Pro League title, playing eight home and eight away matches throughout the first six months of every year. The top four teams will then compete to determine the winner in a Grand Final, another eight matches that will take place in The Netherlands in June 2019 on dates yet to be confirmed.
The women’s event will consist of Argentina, Australia, Belgium, China, England/Great Britain, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand and USA. The men’s teams were confirmed as Argentina, Australia, Belgium, England/Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan and Spain.
152 matches have been scheduled between January and June across the world as part of this new game-changing competition.
Teams were selected by the International Hockey Federation, based on a number of criteria, including:
- Broadcast and Media Coverage
- Financial Sustainability
- Commercial Vision
- Legal Compliance
- Proposed Venues
- Match Experience and Sports Presentation
- Organization and Personnel
- Marketing Strategies
- Motivation and Legacy
- Team Performance History
- Previous Event Hosting
Where is FIH Pro League Taking Place in the United States?
The U.S. Women’s National Team will play their opening match at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., with every other home game being played at the Home of Hockey, Spooky Nook Sports, in Lancaster, Pa. For a full detailed schedule, click here.
Where can I get tickets?
Bundle Tickets to USA matches became available for USA Field Hockey Members and those on the FIH Pro League Distribution List on November 28 through January 15 at an early bird price. Bundle Ticket sales for the general public at an early bird price will go on sale Wednesday, December 5 and run through January 15, after which tickets will go to full price. For more information, click here.
USA Field Hockey Members should have received an email with an exclusive link to use when purchasing tickets. If this email was lost or accidentally deleted, please email email@example.com with your name and membership ID number and the link will be resent.