FIH World Hockey5s tournament to commence on June 4 next year

A Hockey5s match in progress between Australia and Canada at the Youth Olympics. (PC: Getty Images)
A Hockey5s match in progress between Australia and Canada at the Youth Olympics. (PC: Getty Images)
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The Indian men's and women's teams will take part in the first-ever FIH World Hockey5s tournament to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, on June 4 and June 5, 2022. The event was originally supposed to be held in September of this year, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ten teams from four continents, including some powerhouses of international hockey, will compete in the World Hockey5s tournament.

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In the men's group, India, Switzerland, Malaysia, Pakistan and Poland will be in the fray. India, Switzerland, Poland, South Africa and Uruguay will be in action in the women's category.

We are delighted to announce the participating teams and the new dates for the first ever senior World #Hockey5s event – which was postponed due to COVID-related issues – will now take place on 4-5 June 2022, in @Olympic_Capital Lausanne, Switzerland. More details here πŸ‘‡

The FIH Hockey5s will be staged on the Place de la Navigation, an iconic location near the Lac LΓ©man bordering the Olympic Capital.

How is Hockey5s played?

Hockey5s, as the name suggests, is played with 5 players in each team. It is particularly known for its non-stop end-to-end action, since the ball is in play for more than 90% of a match, thanks to rebound-boards placed against the outside of the side-lines and back-lines.

There are usually more goals with Hockey5s than with the more traditional 11-a-side format of hockey, since players can score from anywhere beyond the attacking line.

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Hockey5s is played on a smaller pitch, which enables bringing hockey to people in new and unexpected venues, sometimes even at the heart of the cities.

The duration of a Hockey5s match is shorter, with two halves of just 10 minutes each.

Commenting on FIH Hockey5s, Lausanne, FIH CEO Thierry Weil, in a statement, said the format is a great way to popularize the sport. He said:

β€œIt was truly heart-breaking to have to postpone the inaugural event. Hockey5s is a great format to promote our sport and especially introduce it to sports fans not yet familiar with hockey. I invite everyone to come to this world event and enjoy the speed, skills and fun of our game."

To make the tournament more accepted among the masses, a Hockey5s World Tour can be expected in the near future.

Also read: FIH Hockey Junior World Cup 2021: Teams, pools and match details

Edited by Parimal


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