Friday 18 September marks 10 weeks to go until the men's Hero Hockey World League Final in Raipur, India and excitement is already beginning to build ahead of what will be one of the biggest hockey events of the year.
Eight of the world's best national hockey teams will go head to head as they battle to decide who will be crowned Hockey World League champions.
With all the teams taking part in Raipur already qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, these teams are represented by the top players in the world. Fans will therefore be treated to some exemplary displays of skill and physical prowess, with non-stop action and an abundance of goals.
Hero Hockey World League Final 2014 winners Netherlands will be looking to defend their title against reigning world champions Australia and London 2012 Olympic gold medallists Germany.
Belgium, ranked fourth in the FIH World Rankings along with Great Britain (5), Argentina (6) and hosts India (8) will also be looking to make their mark at this event, while Canada are making their debut in the Final.
This will be the first international hockey event to be staged not only in the newly built Raipur International Hockey Stadium, but also in the city of Raipur, the capital of India’s Chhattisgarh state.
Up to 3,000 people will be able to watch each and every game at the venue throughout the 10 days of competition, while millions more around the world will be able to watch on TV and online.
This is the second edition of the Hockey World League. The inaugural men's Hero Hockey World League Final, won by Netherlands, was held in New Delhi, India in 2014.
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