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FIH announces World Hockey League Final schedule
Sportslogon Team September 7th 2017

Bhubaneswar : The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Thursday has announced the Pools and schedule for the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final schedule to be held at Kalinga Stadium from December 1 to 10.

Seven teams who qualified through the Hockey World League Semi-Finals plus hosts India will go head to head to be crowned champions of season 3, which started back in April 2016.

Pool A is comprised of Olympic champions Argentina, European champions Netherlands, Olympic silver medallists Belgium and Spain. Reigning World Cup and World League champions Australia will begin their title defence in Pool B as they take on Germany, hosts India and England. This end of year showpiece is set to send sports fan's pulses racing with a number of hugely exciting matches schedule for the event taking place at the Kalinga Stadium between 1-10 December 2017. European rivals Germany and England get the event off to a flier at 16:45 (India Standard Time - UTC +5.30) before World League season 2 champions Australia go up against hosts India, who will be looking for a large home crowd to inspire them to success, at 19:30.

In what is being billed as ‘Super Saturday’, the 2nd of December is set to be a thriller with some eagerly anticipated matchups scheduled. A rerun of the 2016 Olympic gold medal match between Argentina and Belgium gets the day underway at 12:00 in a match that is bound to rekindle some fond memories from that special night in Rio just over a year ago.

India against England (19:30) will round the day off in what will be one of the most anticipated matches for home fans as they take on one of their oldest rivals.

At least two matches per day have been scheduled starting at either 17:15 or 17:30 (except December 1 at 16:45) and 19:30, with Saturday 2 December the only day with four matches. The Pool stages will run from 1-5 December and will be followed by the Quarter-Finals on 6-7 December. Following that classification matches and Semi-Finals will take place over the next two days before the bronze medal match at 17:15 and the Final at 19:30 on Sunday 10 December. In addition to battling for the title, vital FIH Hero World Ranking points will also be on offer which could prove crucial in terms of qualification for future events. .
This news was added and updated on : September 7th 2017
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