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 national team league series. The tournament started in August 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic and finished in January 2014 in New Delhi, India.[1]

2012–13 Men's FIH Hockey World League
Tournament details
Venue(s)15 (in 15 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Netherlands (1st title)
Runner-up New Zealand
Third place England
Tournament statistics
Matches played121
Goals scored1067 (8.82 per match)
(next) 2014–15

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.

The Netherlands won the tournament's Final round for the first time after defeating New Zealand 7–2 in the final match. England won the third place match by defeating Australia 2–1.[2]


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.[3]

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:[4]


Round 1Edit

Dates Location Teams Round 2
Round 2
17–19 August 2012 Prague, Czech Republic   Belarus
  Czech Republic
2   Poland
31 August – 2 September 2012 Singapore   Bangladesh
  Hong Kong
1   Bangladesh
7–9 September 2012 Accra, Ghana   Egypt
1   Egypt
7–9 September 2012 Cardiff, Wales   Austria
2   Ireland
25–30 September 2012 Lousada, Portugal   Gibraltar
2   Scotland
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
  United States
1   United States
27 November – 2 December 2012 Doha, Qatar   Azerbaijan
  Sri Lanka
1   Azerbaijan
8–15 December 2012 Suva, Fiji   Fiji
  Papua New Guinea
1   Fiji
^1Qatar´s results were officially deleted from the event due to an eligibility problem with some of its players.[5]

Round 2Edit

Dates Location Teams Qualified Semifinals
Host By Ranking From Round 1
18–24 February 2013 New Delhi, India   India   China   Bangladesh
2   India
27 February – 5 March 2013 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Brazil   Argentina
  South Africa
  Trinidad and Tobago
  United States
2   Argentina
  South Africa
6–12 May 2013 Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France   France   Belgium
2   Belgium
27 May – 2 June 2013 Elektrostal, Russia   Russia   Japan   Austria
  Czech Republic3
1   Japan
^2Azerbaijan withdrew from participating and Oman took their place.
^3Malaysia was chosen to host a Semifinal therefore exempt from Round 2, to which were qualified by ranking basis. The Czech Republic took their place.[6]
^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.[7]


Dates Location Teams Qualified Final
Host By Ranking From Round 2
13–23 June 2013 Rotterdam, Netherlands   Netherlands   Australia
  New Zealand
4   Belgium
  New Zealand
29 June – 7 July 2013 Johor Bahru, Malaysia   Malaysia   England
  South Korea
  South Africa
3   Germany


Dates Location Teams Qualified
Host From Semifinals
10–18 January 2014 New Delhi, India   India   Argentina
  New Zealand

Final rankingEdit

FIH issued a final ranking to determine the world ranking. The final ranking was as follows:[8]


  1. ^ "The Hockey World League 2012". FIH.ch. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  2. ^ "The Netherlands are winners of the Hero Hockey World League Final". FIH. 2014-01-18. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  3. ^ "Line-up for World League Revealed". FIH. 2011-10-23. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  4. ^ "Invitation letters sent for FIH World League". FIH. 2011-02-21. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  5. ^ "Welcome to World League Round 2 Azerbaijan". FIH. 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  6. ^ "Hockey World League Semifinals take shape". FIH. 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2013-01-30.
  7. ^ "Last two teams known for men's World League Semis". FIH. 2013-06-02. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  8. ^ "FIH Men's World Rankings – 20 January 2014" (PDF). International Hockey Federation. FIH.ch. Retrieved 2014-03-24.