2023-24 FIH Hockey Pro League
Dec 11, 2023 | USWNT, International | Worldwide
Season 5 of the FIH Hockey Pro League will go from December 11, 2023, till the final match is played on June 30, 2024, the 18 best teams in the world (9 men’s and 9 women’s) will compete in 144 matches, with the aim of winning the coveted trophy along with an additional benefit introduced this season!
For the very first time, the men’s and women’s teams that win the FIH Hockey Pro League title will receive the added benefit of securing a direct spot at the FIH Hockey World Cup 2026, to be held in Belgium and Netherlands.
With the teams having acclimated to the new mini-tournament format, that helped athletes perform to their peak level in Season 4, rapidly improving squads with younger players breaking out, and the added incentive of qualifying for the World Cup and ensuring survival against the threat of relegation, the fifth edition of the FIH Hockey Pro League promises to be the most competitive one yet!
2023-24 FIH Hockey Pro League Schedule
Sat., Feb. 3
0 - 7
Tues., Feb. 6
0 - 3
Wed., Feb. 7
3 - 1
Fri., Feb. 9
3 - 1
Mon., Feb. 12
4 - 0
Thurs., Feb. 15
4 - 0
Sat., Feb. 17
0 - 2
Sun., Feb. 18
Wed., May 22
Belgium vs. USA
Thurs., May 23
USA vs. Argentina
Sat., May 25
Argentina vs. USA
Sun., May 26
USA vs. Belgium
Great Britain vs. USA
Germany vs. USA
USA vs. Germany
USA vs. Great Britain
*all times are listed in Eastern Time Zone, which is +10.5 hours ahead local time
The logistical format of the Pro League games saw an evolution in season 4 with the introduction of the mini-tournaments and season 5 will see the continuance of the same. Each team will face the other 8 teams twice in the season, for a total of 16 games played by each team. But while the old format saw teams travel frequently, the current format drastically reduces the travelling requirements of each team through the mini-tournament format.
The entire season of the FIH Hockey Pro League is split into multiple mini-tournaments, where a set of 3 will gather in one host nation and play all their matches against each other, setting up 6 games per mini-tournament. Through season 5, multiple mini-tournaments will be played across Argentina, India, Belgium, Great Britain and Netherlands. The mini-tournament format contributes towards creating a more environmentally sustainable event, while also reducing the travelling burdens on the teams and athletes, allowing them to give their very best in each game.
For the first time we have two teams promoted into the FIH Hockey Pro League thanks to the promotion-relegation system introduced in season 4 of the Pro League, in tandem with the FIH Hockey Nations Cup. The Indian women’s team were promoted to the Pro League following their victory in inaugural FIH Hockey Nations Cup. USA finished at the bottom of the table in the Pro League season 4, but remain in the competition following New Zealand’s withdrawal from season 5.
In the men’s competition, it was the New Zealand men’s team that finished in the last position and were relegated. South Africa, the winners of the FIH Hockey Men’s Nations Cup secured promotion to the Pro League season 5, but decided to withdraw from season 5, and were replaced by Ireland who finished as runners-up at the Nations Cup.
- The scoring system remains the same as the previous season.
- 3 points are awarded to a team for winning a match inside the regulation 60-minute period.
- A tie in the regulation time leads to each team earning 1 point for a draw, however the match then goes into a shoot-out.
- The team that wins the shoot-out is awarded 1 bonus point in addition to the point awarded for the draw.
- A team losing in regulation time is awarded no points.
Where to Watch
With the introduction of the FIH+ pass on Watch.Hockey and the lifting of geo-blocking* on international hockey matches, hockey fans worldwide can now watch all matches of the FIH Hockey Pro League season 5, along with the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers, FIH Hockey5s World Cups and FIH Hockey Nations Cup through a one-time subscription! Click here to get your FIH+ pass now!
*except in the Indian subcontinent