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The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced that the 2016 Women’s Junior World Cup has been awarded to Chile for the second time. The 16-team competition will take place from 23 November to 4 December at Hockey Club Manquehue.

Santiago previously hosted successful Junior World Cup event in 2005 at Hockey Club Manquehue. The venue boasts two high quality pitches and have been successful hosts to several international events.

“The Women’s Junior World Cup is a fantastic showcase for emerging talent,” said Leandro Negre, FIH President. “One of the things that most impresses me is the range of participating nations which represents the continuing global spread of women’s hockey. You only have to look back to 2005 know that Chile will once again provide a fantastic experience for both the athletes and the wider hockey family.”

There have been seven previous editions of the Women’s Junior World Cup, the first in 1989 in Canada, and every four years since 1993. The Netherlands have been crowned champions on three occasions, including back-to-back victories in 2009 and 2013, with Argentina picking up silver medals on both occasions. Korea also have a proud history in this tournament emerging as winners in both 2005 and 2009.

Chile have competed in four of the seven previous editions. Their highest finish was 10th in 2005, the first time they hosted the competition.