The Hockey World Cup
is an international field hockey
competition organised by the International Hockey Federation
. The tournament was started in 1971. It is held every four years, bridging the four years between the Summer Olympics
There is also a Women's Hockey World Cup
, which has been held since 1974 and was organised by the International Federation of Women's Hockey Associations (IFWHA) until 1981, when the governing bodies merged into the current International Hockey Federation in 1982.
Five countries have dominated the event's history. Pakistan
is the most successful team, having won the tournament four times. The Netherlands
have won three titles, and Germany
have each won two titles. India
won the tournament once.
The 2010 Hockey World Cup
was held in India
from February 28 to March 13 at New Delhi's Dhyan Chand National Stadium
2–1 in the final, to win their second World Cup title. The 2014 tournament will be held in The Hague
from June 2–14, 2014.
The Hockey World Cup was first conceived by Pakistan
's Air Marshal Nur Khan
. He proposed his idea to the FIH
under the name of Patrick Rowley
, the first editor of World Hockey
magazine. Their idea was approved on October 26, 1969, and adopted by the FIH Council at a meeting in Brussels on April 12, 1970. The FIH decided that the inaugural World Cup would be held in October 1971, in... Read More