India to host 2025 FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup


India is set to host the FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup in December 2025. It will be the first time that a Junior Hockey World Cup will be comprising as many as 24 teams.

The Executive Board of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) decided to name India as hosts on Tuesday.

“Giving more opportunities to play to a larger and more diverse number of National Associations is one of the key pillars of our Empowerment and Engagement strategy. We saw at the FIH Hockey5s World Cup in Oman this year how more diversity brings a huge added value to our events,” FIH President Tayyab Ikram said in a statement.

“Therefore, I’m very happy that we’ve increased the number of participating teams for the FIH Hockey Junior World Cups and I look forward to seeing these 24 young teams, representing the future of our sport, next year! At this stage, I would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to Hockey India for their commitment to organise yet another fantastic event,” Ikram added.

Dr. Dilip Tirkey, President of Hockey India said: “We’re delighted that the International Hockey Federation (FIH) chose India to host the FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup 2025. We would like to express our sincere thanks to the FIH and FIH President Dato Tayyab Ikram for entrusting us with this tournament. This prestigious tournament highlights India’s growing importance in international hockey and shows our dedication to developing the sport for future generations. We’re excited to share India’s rich hockey history and provide a stage for young talent to showcase their skills.”

Festive offer

The last edition of the FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup took place in 2023 in Malaysia. Germany won their seventh title beating France 2-1 in the final. India had finished fourth after a defeat to Spain.

India has previously hosted the tournament thrice in 2013 (New Delhi), 2016 (Lucknow) and 2021 (Bhubaneswar). They have won the title twice in 2001 and 2016 at home.

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