Bhubaneswar: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday announced the full schedule of the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela.
As per the schedule, 2016 Olympic Gold medallists Argentina and Africa’s highest-ranked nation South Africa will open the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023! The thrilling encounter between these two powerhouses of international hockey will take place on 13 January 2023 in the iconic Kalinga Stadium of Bhubaneswar, which hosted the last Men’s World Cup final in 2018.
The second match of the day in Bhubaneswar will see world’s number one Australia taking on France, in a repeat of the 2018 World Cup quarter-final.
Later on the same day, the brand-new Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela will host its first-ever FIH World Cup matches, starting with a “derby” between England and Wales, followed by the local heroes of India playing in front of their home fans against Spain.
All teams will play in both venues. In total, 44 matches will be played, with the Final scheduled on 29 January (7pm local time) in Bhubaneswar.
“The ticket sales for the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela will start shortly. However, all fans are encouraged to pre-register their interest by filling the following form: https://fih.formstack.com/forms/world_cup_tickets_pre_registration,” the FIH said in a press release.
The draw held on 8 September in Bhubaneswar determined the four Pools as follows:
- Pool A: Australia, Argentina, France, South Africa
- Pool B: Belgium, Germany, Korea, Japan
- Pool C: Netherlands, New Zealand, Malaysia, Chile
- Pool D: India, England, Spain, Wales
Chile and Wales have qualified for the Men’s World Cup for the very first time. Belgium are the current World Champions, having defeated the Netherlands in the Final of the 2018 edition.
INDIA’S SCHEDULE FOR 2023 FIH ODISHA HOCKEY MEN’S WORLD CUP:-
|SPAIN||JANUARY 13||7 PM||ROURKELA|
|ENGLAND||JANUARY 15||7 PM||ROURKELA|
|WALES||JANUARY 19||7 PM||BHUBANESWAR|
Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Group Stage Fixtures:-
|Match Date||Venue Time (IST)|
|Argentina vs South Africa||January 13||Bhubaneswar||1:00 PM|
|Australia vs France||January 13||Bhubaneswar||3:00 PM|
|England vs Wales||January 13||Rourkela||5:00 PM|
|India vs Spain||January 13||Rourkela||7:00 PM|
|New Zealand vs Chile||January 14||Rourkela||1:00 PM|
|Netherlands vs Malaysia||January 14||Rourkela||3:00 PM|
|Belgium vs Korea||January 14||Bhubaneswar||5:00 PM|
|Germany vs Japan||January 14||Bhubaneswar||7:00 PM|
|Spain vs Wales||January 15||Rourkela||5:00 PM|
|England vs India||January 15||Rourkela||7:00 PM|
|Malaysia vs Chile||January 16||Rourkela||1:00 PM|
|New Zealand vs Netherlands||January 16||Rourkela||3:00 PM|
|France vs South Africa||January 16||Bhubaneswar||5:00 PM|
|Argentina vs Australia||January 16||Bhubaneswar||7:00 PM|
|Korea vs Japan||January 17||Bhubaneswar||5:00 PM|
|Germany vs Belgium||January 17||Bhubaneswar||7:00 PM|
|Malaysia vs New Zealand||January 19||Bhubaneswar||1:00 PM|
|Netherlands vs Chile||January 19||Bhubaneswar||3:00 PM|
|Spain vs England||January 19||Bhubaneswar||5:00 PM|
|India vs Wales||January 19||Bhubaneswar||7:00 PM|
|Australia vs South Africa||January 20||Rourkela||1:00 PM|
|France vs Argentina||January 20||Rourkela||3:00 PM|
|Belgium vs Japan||January 20||Rourkela||5:00 PM|
|Korea vs Germany||January 20||Rourkela||7:00 PM|