2012–13 Men's FIH Hockey World League
The 2012–13 Men's FIH Hockey World League was the inaugural season of the men's field hockey series. The tournament started in August 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic and finished in January 2014 in New Delhi, India.
|Venue(s)||15 (in 15 host cities)|
|Top three teams|
|Champions||Netherlands (1st title)|
|Goals scored||1067 (8.82 per match)|
The Semifinals of this competition also served as a qualifier for the 2014 Men's Hockey World Cup as the 6 highest placed teams apart from the host nation and the five continental champions qualified.
Each national association member of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) had the opportunity to compete in the tournament, and after seeking entries to participate, 62 teams were announced to compete. However, for different reasons, the final count of participating teams was 54.
The 8 teams ranked between 1st and 8th in the FIH World Rankings current at early 2011 received an automatic bye to the Semifinals while the 8 teams ranked between 9th and 16th received an automatic bye to Round 2. Those sixteen teams, shown with qualifying rankings, were the following:
|17–19 August 2012||Prague, Czech Republic|| Belarus
|31 August – 2 September 2012||Singapore|| Bangladesh
|7–9 September 2012||Accra, Ghana|| Egypt
|7–9 September 2012||Cardiff, Wales|| Austria
|25–30 September 2012||Lousada, Portugal|| Gibraltar
|14–17 November 2012||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|| Barbados
Trinidad and Tobago
|2|| Trinidad and Tobago|
|16–18 November 2012||Chula Vista, United States|| Guatemala
|27 November – 2 December 2012||Doha, Qatar|| Azerbaijan
|8–15 December 2012||Suva, Fiji|| Fiji
Papua New Guinea
- ^1 – Qatar´s results were officially deleted from the event due to an eligibility problem with some of its players.
|Host||By Ranking||From Round 1|
|18–24 February 2013||New Delhi, India||India||China|| Bangladesh
|27 February – 5 March 2013||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Brazil|| Argentina
Trinidad and Tobago
|6–12 May 2013||Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France||France|| Belgium
|27 May – 2 June 2013||Elektrostal, Russia||Russia||Japan|| Austria
- ^2 – Azerbaijan withdrew from participating and Oman took their place.
- ^3 – Malaysia was chosen to host a Semifinal therefore exempt from Round 2, to which were qualified by ranking basis. The Czech Republic took their place.
- ^4 – As Malaysia was chosen to host a Semifinal, one less berth was available at that event. France (17th) qualified as the highest-ranked second-placed team between the Saint-Germain-en-Laye and Elektrostal Round 2 events, leaving Russia (20th) unable to qualify.
|Host||By Ranking||From Round 2|
|13–23 June 2013||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Netherlands|| Australia
|29 June – 7 July 2013||Johor Bahru, Malaysia||Malaysia|| England
|10–18 January 2014||New Delhi, India||India|| Argentina|
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