Hockey: Ireland secure rights to host Men’s World League round in 2017

Ireland will host the Men's World League round 2 in 2017
Ireland will host the Men's World League round 2 in 2017

Hockey Ireland has secured hosting rights for the men’s World League Round 2 in 2017, a stage in the qualification process for the 2018 World Cup in India.

Ireland has been chosen as one of just three countries to host the men’s Round 2 and will host its second World League Round 2 in a row.

After the success of World League in Dublin in March of this year, Hockey Ireland is looking forward to welcoming crowds to fill the stands again and support the ‘Green Machine’ in their quest for World Cup Qualification.

The women’s World League Round 2 will be played in Canada, Spain and Malaysia, and the Green Army will be looking to progress to Round 3 and qualify for the World Cup in England in 2018.

Hockey Ireland CEO Mike Heskin said: “We’re delighted to have been selected as a host of World League Round 2 in 2017.

“It is a credit to the all those who were involved in the running of the World League Round 2 in Dublin earlier this year that the FIH are prepared to award Ireland with back to back World tournaments.

“The tournament will offer the public a chance to see the record breaking Green Machine in action at home as they bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup,” he added.

“Dublin will be the only venue in Europe to host Round 2 of the men’s competition so we’re very much looking forward to welcoming teams from around the world and showcasing high quality hockey.”

The three men’s competitions will take place in Tacarigua (Trinidad & Tobago), Dublin and Dhaka (Bangladesh) while the women’s tournaments will take place in Vancouver (Canada), Valencia and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).