India has been awarded the 2018 men’s hockey World Cup, the second time in a span of eight years the country will be hosting the event having successfully organised the previous edition three years ago.

The 2018 edition will see an expanded field with 16 teams competing in both men’s and women’s events.

The 2018 women’s World Cup will be held in England.

The women’s tournament is scheduled to take place from 7-21 July, with the men’s event planned for 1-16 December.

“The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is delighted to announce that England and India will host the Hockey World Cups in 2018. England Hockey were successful in their bid to host the women’s showpiece, with Hockey India winning the race to host the men’s equivalent,” world body FIH said in a statement.

“I wish to offer my sincere congratulations to England Hockey and Hockey India on their successful bids to host the Hockey World Cups 2018,” said FIH president Leandro Negre.

“The quality of both bids was truly extraordinary, and the FIH is looking forward to bringing its top properties to England and India. The standard was exceptionally high, making the decision extremely hard for the FIH Executive Board.”

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