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Belgium and the Netherlands co-host the 2026 Men’s and Women’s Hockey World Cup


Belgium and the Netherlands co-host the 2026 Men's and Women's Hockey World Cup

Belgium and the Netherlands will co-host the 2026 Women’s and Men’s Hockey World Cups.© FIH

The governing body FIH said Belgium and the Netherlands will jointly host the 2026 men’s and women’s hockey World Cups concurrently. The decision was taken during a virtual meeting of the Executive Board chaired by Acting FIH President Seif Ahmed. “The combined event will take place in July or August 2026 in Amsterdam/Amstelveen, Netherlands and Wavre, Belgium, with women’s and men’s teams competing in both locations,” said International Hockey Federation said in a statement.

Commenting on the decision, FIH CEO Thierry Weil said: “On behalf of FIH, I would like to thank all the National Associations that have submitted bids.

“We received excellent proposals and so it was a particularly difficult task to decide.

“We are looking forward to working with the National Associations of the current Women’s and Men’s Olympic and World Champions, the Netherlands and Belgium respectively, which will certainly make for excellent World Cups. .” The Executive Board has received a comprehensive report on the financial position of the FIH. Thanks to increased income and reduced costs, the final operating profit for 2022 is expected to be above estimates. The performance results of FIH Hockey Pro League are also positive.

For 2023, the budget has been approved by the EB. FIH’s expected financial result is operating profit, largely thanks to the upcoming FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup in India.

EB also confirmed that the winners of the FIH Hockey Pro League season 5 (2023/2024) and season 6 (2024/2025) will directly qualify for the 2026 FIH Men’s and Women’s World Championships.

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If the season 6 winner has qualified in season 5, then the season 6 winner will be invited to the knockout round.

The next meeting of the FIH Executive Board will take place on January 28 next year.

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