The 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup

There hasn’t been a lot of coverage of it in the news (which is a bit of a shame) but the Men’s Hockey World cup is currently taking place in India at the present moment. The competition runs from the twenty eighth of November to the sixteenth of December. Hockey is massive on the Asian continent and this event, the fourteenth of its kind opened to a huge reception including the largest ever drone show assembled for a display. To show how much the sport has grown in popularity the number of teams has been increased to sixteen and a new format has had to be introduced to accommodate them. You can bet that the teams have all been watching their Hockey Training drill Videos
in preparation for this great tournament
.

This time round there are to be four Pools or Mini leagues similar to other World cup competitions. Teams in the Pool play each other once and the top three teams will go through. As with football a three points for a win system is in place. The four winners of the groups avoid each other in the second round by being placed in the Quarter finals proper automatically. The eight runners up are placed in a crossover round where they play a  corresponding team in a knockout match. Win this match and you go through into the Quarter finals proper to face a group winner. As with
a standard competition there then follows the Semi-finals and final to decide the winner.

Qualification in the first place had to be changed as well with a more rigours selection process. India as the host qualified  automatically and
so did the top 11 teams from the Two Thousand and Seventeen World League Semi-finals held in the UK and South Africa provided the others. The final four spots were taken from the winners of the pan American Cup, the Euro Hockey Nations Championship, the Oceania Cup, Hockey Asia cup (although as India had one this and was the host the spot was given to China and the Hockey Africa Cup of Nations. All of these competitions were held a year before the world cup in two thousand and seventeen as well.

As we write the completion is in its Quarterfinals proper stage. As expected Australia, Germany, India and Argentina are through all being considered in the top ten playing teams in the world plus the Argentinians are the reigning Olympic champions and will play England. The surprise package are the French who despite being rated sixteenth in the world they beat the Argentinians in the group stages and Spain who are above them. They face Australia next, can they care on the momentum?