- Lucknow, India to host between 8-18 December 2016
- Final scheduled for 19:00 hrs on Sunday 18 December 2016
- Event taking place at the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is pleased to confirm the official match schedule for the Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup Men, Lucknow 2016 which will take place between 8-18 December in Lucknow, India.
With only one rest day on Tuesday 13 December, hockey fans will be treated to 10 days of high-speed, action packed hockey at the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium. There, the world’s rising stars will battle it out to be crowned junior men’s world champions in what will be one of the most competitive hockey events of the year.
The sport’s best up and coming athletes will have the perfect stage to showcase their talent in front of some of India’s most passionate fans. A hotbed of hockey, Lucknow’s sports fans turned out in force to cheer on the Uttar Pradesh Wizards during the Coal India Hockey India League earlier this year. They will no doubt be looking forward to cheering on the world’s best prospects who will be taking to the field in their home city.
The pool stages will take place between 8-12 December before the classification matches begin on 14 December. The medal matches will then be held on Sunday 18 December, with the bronze medal match at 16:45 hrs and the Final taking place at 19:00 hrs (all times local).
New Zealand and Japan kick-off what will be a hugely entertaining opening day which will also see reigning champions Germany start their title defence against Spain. Later on, the much anticipated opening ceremony will take place shortly before Asian junior champions India take on Canada.
Day two highlights include Oceania champions Australia match against Korea, while the game between Hockey Junior World Cup 2014 bronze medallists Netherlands and Pakistan is sure to offer plenty of excitement.
Super Saturday then follows, with a battle between the Pan-American and Oceania champions Argentina and Australia possibly the pick of the day, followed later by a renewal of an old rivalry between India and England.
Belgium versus Netherlands is bound to offer a few surprises on Sunday, with Pakistan’s match against African junior champions Egypt another crucial game as the pool stages near completion.
Amongst the last matches, some tough challenges await Austria who play Australia, and South Africa who take on India in the concluding game of the pool stage on Monday evening.
To see the full schedule and match times, click here. For further information about the event, including soon to be released ticketing information, visit the official website.
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