India made its debut in the 2020 FIH Pro League. Let us have a look at what is FIH Pro League…
What is FIH Pro League?
The FIH Hockey Pro League is a annual global League involving hockey’s best national teams in the world, Men and Women. 9 teams take part in the Pro League. It was started in 2019 and replaced previously conducted FIH Hockey World League.
Each team plays 8 games home and 8 games away during a season. The competition takes place in the first half of the year. The team having accumulated the highest number of points at the end of the League is crowned Champion and receives the FIH Hockey Pro League Trophy.
From 2022, the bottom team at the end of the season will be relegated and will be replaced by the winner of a new competition called the Men’s FIH Intercontinental Cup.
- 3 points to the winner in normal time
- One (1) point to the winner of a shootout following a draw plus one (1) bonus point, making a total of two (2) points
- One (1) point to the loser of the shootout, in the event of a draw
- No points to the loser of a match in normal time
Current Champions: Men’s – Australia, Women’s – Netherlands
India at FIH Pro League:
Hockey India withdrew its name from the inaugural Pro League in 2019 due to lack of clarity in the ranking points. Hence, FIH invited other teams in their place. However, in the 2019 season, Pakistan was removed from Pro League and India joined in their place from 2020 season in Men’s Pro League.
Indian Women’s team does not take part in FIH Women’s Pro League.
Team India’s schedule for 2020 FIH Pro League:
India started its 2020 FIH Pro League Campaign in January 2020. India played 6 matches. Then in March 2020, COVID pandemic started and the Pro League was suspended. India will resume its campaign in April 2021 and the 2020 FIH Pro league will be completed by June 2021.
Here are India’s results so far:
18 Jan 2020: India 5-2 Netherlands
19 Jan 2020: India 3-3 Netherlands (India won 3-1 on penalties)
8 Feb 2020: India 2-1 Belgium
9 Feb 2020: India 2-3 Belgium
21 Feb 2020: India 3-4 Australia
22 Feb 2020: India 2-2 Australia (India won 3-1 on penalties)
India is currently 5th in the table having played 6 matches.
This year’s Pro League matches will provide a great opportunity for Indian Team to prepare for Olympics.
Here is the remaining schedule for FIH Pro League for India.
|10 Apr 21||Argentina v India|
|11 Apr 21||Argentina v India|
|8 May 21||Great Britain v India|
|9 May 21||Great Britain v India|
|15 May 21||Spain v India|
|16 May 21||Spain v India|
|22 May 21||Germany v India|
|23 May 21||Germany v India|
|TBD||India v New Zealand|
|TBD||India v New Zealand|
Telecast in India: Star Sports Network will be telecasting 2020 FIH Pro League matches in India.