Hockey World cup

Hockey World Cup

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Hockey World Cups

Men’s Hockey World Cup
Sport Field hockey
Founded 1971
No. of teams 12
Continent International (FIH)
Most recent champion(s)  Australia (2nd title)
Most titles  Pakistan (4 titles)
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The Hockey World Cup is an international field hockey competition organized by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). The tournament was started in 1971. It is held every four years, bridging the four years between the Summer Olympics.

There is also a Women’s Hockey World Cup, which has been held since 1974 and was organised by the International Federation of Women’s Hockey Associations (IFWHA) until 1981, when the governing bodies merged into the current International Hockey Federation in 1982.

Five countries have dominated the event’s history. Pakistan is the most successful team, having won the tournament four times. The Netherlands have won three titles, and Germany and Australia have each won two titles. India won the tournament once.

The 2010 Hockey World Cup was held in India from February 28 to March 13 at New Delhi’s Dhyan Chand National Stadium. Australia defeated Germany 2–1 in the final, to win their second World Cup title.The 2014 tournament will be held in The Hague, Netherlands from June 2–14, 2014.



The Hockey World Cup was first conceived by Pakistan’s Air Marshal Nur Khan. He proposed his idea to the FIH under the name of Patrick Rowley, the first editor of World Hockey magazine. Their idea was approved on October 26, 1969, and adopted by the FIH Council at a meeting in Brussels on April 12, 1970. The FIH decided that the inaugural World Cup would be held in October 1971, in Pakistan.

However, political issues would prevent that first competition from being played in Pakistan. The FIH had inadvertently scheduled the first World Cup to be played in Pakistan during the Bangladesh Liberation War. Furthermore, Pakistan and India had been at war with each other only six years earlier. When Pakistan invited India to compete in the tournament, a crisis arose. Pakistanis, led by cricketer Abdul Hafeez Kardar, protested against India’s participation in the Hockey World Cup.

Given the intense political climate between Pakistan and India, the FIH decided to move the tournament elsewhere. In March 1971, coincidentally in the same month Bangladesh declared independence from Pakistan, the FIH decided to move the first Hockey World Cup to the Real Club de Polo grounds in Barcelona, Spain, which was considered a neutral and peaceful European site.

The FIH has set no requirements or limitations on the size of the competition. The 1971 Cup included only ten nations, the smallest World Cup to date. The 1978 Cup featured fourteen nations. The 2002 Cup featured sixteen nations, the largest World Cup to date. The remaining 9 World Cups have featured 12 nations.

The first three tournaments were held every two years. The 1978 Cup was the only tournament held three years from the previous tournament. Since 1982, the tournament has been held every four years, halfway between the Summer Olympics field hockey competition.


The Hockey World Cup trophy was designed by the Bashir Moojid and created by the Pakistani Army. On March 27, 1971, in Brussels, the trophy was formally handed to FIH President Rene Frank by Mr H.E Masood, the Pakistani Ambassador to Belgium. The trophy consists of a silver cup with an intricate floral design, surmounted by a globe of the world in silver and gold, placed on a high blade base inlaid with ivory. At its peak is a model hockey stick and ball. Without its base, the trophy stands 120.85 mm high. Including the base, the trophy stands 650 mm. It weighs 11,560 g, including 895 g of gold, 6815 g of silver, 350 g of ivory and 3500 g of teak.


The Hockey World Cup consists of a qualification stage and a final tournament stage. The format for each stage is the same.


The qualification stage has been a part of the Hockey World Cup since 1977. All participating teams play in the qualification round. The teams divide into two or more pools and compete for a berth in the final tournament. The top two teams are automatically qualified and the rest of the berths are decided in playoffs.

Final tournament

The final tournament features the continental champions and other qualified teams. Sometimes it also features the winners of the Summer Olympics’ hockey competition or the continental runners-up. The teams divide into pools once more and play a round robin tournament. The composition of the pools is determined using the current world rankings. The top two teams in each pool play in the semifinals for a place in the final. The bottom two teams in the semifinals have a third place playoff. The rest of the teams have playoffs to determine their final positions. If they are third or fourth in their pool, they play for fifth place; if they are fifth or sixth in their pool, they play for ninth place.



Year Host Final Third Place
Winner Score Runner-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
1971 Barcelona, Spain Pakistan 1–0 Spain
after extra time
1973 Amstelveen, Netherlands
Penalty strokes
India West Germany 1–0 Pakistan
1975 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2–1 Pakistan West Germany 4–0 Malaysia
1978 Buenos Aires, Argentina
3–2 Netherlands Australia 4–3 West Germany
1982 Mumbai (Bombay), India
3–1 West Germany Australia 4–2 Netherlands
1986 London, England
2–1 England West Germany 3–2
after extra time
Soviet Union
1990 Lahore, Pakistan
3–1 Pakistan Australia 2–1
after extra time
1994 Sydney, Australia
Penalty strokes
Netherlands Australia 5–2 Germany
1998 Utrecht, Netherlands
after extra time
Spain Germany 1–0 Australia
2002 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2–1 Australia Netherlands 2–1
after extra time
2006 Mönchengladbach, Germany
4–3 Australia Spain 3–2
after extra time
2010 New Delhi, India
2–1 Germany Netherlands 4–3 England
2014 The Hague, Netherlands

Successful national teams

Field Hockey Titles

Twenty-four teams have qualified for a Hockey World Cup. Of these, eleven teams have made it to the semifinals. Seven teams have made it through to the finals. To date, Pakistan has been the most successful team in the World Cup, with four titles from six appearances in the final. The Netherlands have also been successful, with three titles from five appearances in the final.

Germany has been the most successful team in the World Cup in recent years. They won the tournament in 2002 and 2006. In addition, Germany has reached the semifinals in every World Cup except for the inaugural tournament in 1971. Australia has broken the German dream of winning World Cup for third time in a row in 2010 and now have won 2 titles. India have won their lone title in 1975.

Below is a list of teams that have finished in the top four positions in the tournament:

Team Titles Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
 Pakistan 4 (1971, 1978, 1982, 1994) 2 (1975, 1990*) 1 (1973)
 Netherlands 3 (1973*, 1990, 1998*) 2 (1978, 1994) 2 (2002, 2010) 1 (1982)
 Germany 2 (2002, 2006*) 2 (1982, 2010) 4 (1973, 1975, 1986, 1998) 3 (1978, 1990, 1994)
 Australia 2 (1986, 2010) 2 (2002, 2006) 4 (1978, 1982, 1990, 1994*) 1 (1998)
 India 1 (1975) 1 (1973) 1 (1971)
 Spain 2 (1971*, 1998) 1 (2006)
 England 1 (1986*) 1 (2010)
 Korea 2 (2002, 2006)
 Kenya 1 (1971)
 Malaysia 1 (1975*)
 Soviet Union# 1 (1986)

* = host

# = no longer in existence

Performance by host nations

Nine nations have hosted the Hockey World Cup. Only the Netherlands (1973 and 1998) and Germany (2006) have won the tournament as hosts. Spain, England, and Pakistan emerged as host runners-up in the 1971, 1986 and 1990 tournaments. Australia placed third when it hosted the 1994 tournament in Sydney.

Performance by continental zones

To date, the finals of the Hockey World Cup have been contested by Asian, European and Oceania continental teams. Asian and European teams are tied with five titles each. Australia is the only team from Oceania to win the tournament. The Americas is the only continental zone that has not made an appearance in a Hockey World Cup semifinal.

Continent Best performance
Asian 5 titles, won by Pakistan (4) and India (1)
European 5 titles, won by Netherlands (3) and Germany (2)
Oceania 2 titles, won by Australia(2)
African Fourth place (Kenya, 1971)
Americas Sixth place (Argentina, 1986)

Team appearances

Participating nations

Team 1971 1973 1975 1978 1982 1986 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006 2010 Total
 Argentina 10th 9th 11th 8th 12th 6th 9th 7th 6th 10th 7th 11
 Australia 8th 5th 3rd 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd 4th 2nd 2nd 1st 11
 Belarus 12th 1
 Belgium 8th 14th 11th 14th 4
 Canada 11th 10th 11th 8th 11th 5
 Cuba 16th 1
 England 6th 6th 7th 8th 2nd 5th 6th 6th 7th 5th 4th 11
 France 7th 7th 2
 Germany 5th 3rd 3rd 4th 2nd 3rd 4th 4th 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 12
 Ghana 12th 1
 India 3rd 2nd 1st 6th 5th 12th 10th 5th 9th 10th 11th 8th 12
 Ireland 12th 12th 2
 Italy 13th 1
 Japan 9th 10th 12th 9th 4
 Kenya 4th 12th 2
 Korea 8th 7th 4th 4th 6th 5
 Malaysia 11th 4th 10th 10th 11th 8th 6
 Netherlands 6th 5th 9th 2nd 4th 7th 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 7th 3rd 12
 New Zealand 7th 7th 7th 9th 10th 9th 8th 9th 8
 Pakistan 1st 4th 2nd 1st 1st 11th 2nd 1st 5th 5th 6th 12th 12
 Poland 10th 9th 8th 8th 12th 15th 6
 South Africa 10th 13th 12th 10th 4
 Soviet Union 6th 4th 6th 3
 Spain 2nd 5th 8th 5th 11th 5th 8th 9th 2nd 11th 3rd 5th 12
Total 10 12 12 14 12 12 12 12 12 16 12 12