Dublin is set to host one of the three men’s World League Round 2 tournaments in early 2017 as part of the initial phases of the qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup.
It means Ireland will avoid a costly trip to either Tacarigua (Trinidad & Tobago), and Dhaka (Bangladesh) who hold the other Round 2 competitions. On the women’s side, Ireland are destined for either Vancouver (Canada), Valencia (Spain) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).
Speaking about the tournament, Hockey Ireland CEO Mike Heskin said: “We’re delighted to have been selected as a host of World League Round 2 in 2017. It is a credit to the all those who were involved in the running of the World League Round 2 in Dublin earlier this year that the FIH are prepared to award Ireland with back to back World tournaments.
“The tournament will offer the public a chance to see the record breaking Green Machine in action at home as they bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Dublin will be the only venue in Europe to host Round 2 of the men’s competition so we’re very much looking forward to welcoming teams from around the world and showcasing high quality hockey.”
From the FIH’s perspective, CEO, Kelly Fairweather, added: “We had an unprecedented number of exceptional applications to host these events which made the decision making process extremely difficult. 24 bids from cities around the world were received, which provides further evidence of the growing global spread of our sport.”
The dates for each event are currently being finalised in conjunction with each host National Association and as soon as they are finalised they will be published on the FIH website.
Following the confirmation of the HWL Round 2 hosts, in cooperation with the Continental Federations, the FIH are now finalising the venues and teams for the HWL Round 1 tournaments, which will be held in 2016.