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FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup: India’s squad, fixtures, format and everything else you need to know

FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup: India’s squad, fixtures, format and everything else you need to know

The first major global senior hockey tournament since Tokyo Olympics is here as the FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup Spain & Netherlands 2022 begins on 1 July. is the 15th women’s edition of the Hockey World Cup, albeit the first to be jointly hosted by two nations.

The ever-consistent Netherlands are the reigning champions and have won more women’s World Cups than any other nation, having claimed the title on eight occasions. The Oranje’s nearest rivals in terms of the title count are Argentina, Australia and Germany (playing as West Germany). These teams have each won the trophy twice. The most recent winner, apart from the Netherlands, is Argentina, who won the World Cup in 2010.

Meanwhile, the Indian women’s hockey team that will feature in Pool B in the tournament, has been making steady progress in the past few years, moving up the FIH World Rankings as well as making the cut for the major events. Rio 2016 was India’s first Olympic appearance since 1980, but it was their astonishing run and the stunning fourth-place finish at Tokyo Games that really caught the attention of the hockey world. This year, India’s women took part in the FIH Hockey Pro League and produced some...

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