NEW DELHI: Sixteen top teams will battle it out for the coveted Men’s World Cup of Hockey trophy in Odishawhen the 15th edition of the flagship event is co-hosted by the cities of Bhubaneswar and Rourkela from January 13-29.
This will be the second time in a row that Odisha will host the Men’s World Cup, which was held in 2018 at the sole Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
India, bronze medalists at the Tokyo Olympics, will be joined by Belgium, reigning Olympic champion and reigning Olympic champion, Australia, world number one, as well as the Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, Argentina, England, Spain, South Korea, Malaysia, South Africa, France and Japan. , Chile and Wales.

The 16 teams above have been divided into four pools.
Pool A: Australia, South Africa, France, Argentina
Pool B: Belgium, Japan, Korea, Germany
Group C: Netherlands, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand
Pool D: India, Wales, Spain, England
Each team in its respective group will play the other three once, and the group leader will advance to the quarter-finals. The second- and third-placed teams from each pool will play the crossover matches that will determine the four remaining quarter-finalists.
In the event that two teams are tied on several points to decide their classification at the end of the group stage, the International Hockey Federationit is (FIH) The tournament rules for the 2023 World Cup state the below methods for breaking the tie:

According to rule 2.2 of appendix 2 of the FIH tournament regulations for the tournament:
a) If at the end of the pool matches, two or more teams have the same number of points for any place in a pool, these teams will be ranked according to their respective number of matches won.
b) If there is a tie between two or more teams, these teams will be ranked according to their respective goal difference (meaning ‘goals for’ minus ‘goals against’). A positive goal difference always takes precedence over a negative goal difference.
c) If there is still a tie between two or more teams, these teams will be ranked according to their respective number of “goals for”.
d) If the equality persists between the two teams, the result of the match played between these teams will determine the classification of the tied teams.
e) If more than two teams are involved, then a ranking based on the results of the matches between (only) them will determine their respective position, based on the points awarded (three points to the winner, one point each in case of a draw, no points for the loser). If the tie persists, the teams concerned will be ranked according to points (a), (b), (c) and (d) above.

f) If there is still a tie between two or more teams, these teams will be ranked according to the number of Field Goals scored in the group matches.
g) If there is still a tie between two teams, the classification will be determined by a penalty shootout competition between these teams.
h) If more than two teams are involved, then each team will play a penalty shootout competition against the other teams in the same order of play as the competition’s order of play, but with a round of five penalty shootouts only to be taken by each team.
i) A ranking will then be established on the basis of the results of the round of the penalty shootout competition only, with the allocation for each game of three points to the team having scored the most goals, one point for each team having scored an equal number of goals and zero points to the team having scored the fewest goals.
j) If still tied, teams with an equal number of points will be ranked according to points (a), (b), (c) and (d) above applied to goals scored in the penalty shootout competition. goal.
k) If an equal position of three (or more) teams subsequently remains, the same procedure shall be repeated until the teams can be ranked. The Technical Delegate will draw lots to establish each sequence of play if further rounds of penalty kicks are necessary.



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