Hockey India announces inaugural National Women’s Hockey League 2024 – 2025 -

Hockey India announces inaugural National Women’s Hockey League 2024 – 2025

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Phase 1 of the league will be played from 30th April to 9th May in Ranchi

Rakesh Thapliyal 

New Delhi: Hockey India on Tuesday unveiled yet another ground-breaking initiative, the National Women’s Hockey League 2024 – 2025, marking a significant milestone in the nation’s sporting landscape. The league is structured into two phases, with the inaugural phase set to take place in Ranchi, Jharkhand, from 30th April to 9th May 2024. All matches during this phase will be hosted at the Marang Gomke Jaipal Singh Astroturf Hockey Stadium where the recent FIH Olympic Qualifiers and the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy were held.

The National Women’s Hockey League is the first domestic women’s league of its kind in India, promising an exhilarating showcase of talent and skill. Aiming to provide a platform for emerging athletes and elevate the stature of women’s hockey in the country, the league will witness fierce competition among the top state teams that finished in top eight at the marquee 14th Hockey India Senior Women’s National Championships.

Following the conclusion of the 14th Hockey India Senior Women’s National Championship, the top eight state teams who have earned their place in the inaugural season of the National Women’s Hockey League are – Hockey Haryana, Hockey Maharashtra, Hockey Jharkhand, Hockey Madhya Pradesh, Hockey Bengal, Hockey Mizoram, Manipur Hockey, and Hockey Association of Odisha, reflecting their outstanding performance and commitment to the sport.

Notably, the league will also open its doors to young talent, with players under the age of 21 eligible to participate. This inclusion of youth players underscores Hockey India’s dedication to nurturing talent and fostering development at the grassroots level.

The National Women’s Hockey League holds immense promise not only in elevating the standard of women’s hockey but also in inspiring the next generation of athletes across the nation. Through this initiative, Hockey India reaffirms its commitment to promoting gender equality in sports and creating pathways for women to excel in hockey.

Furthermore, the National Women’s Hockey League will serve as a vital scouting platform for the national team, providing selectors with the opportunity to identify and nurture talent for future international competitions.

Hockey India President Dr. Dilip Tirkey expressed his enthusiasm for the league, stating, “The National Women’s Hockey League marks a watershed moment for Indian hockey, particularly for our women athletes. This league is a testament to our unwavering commitment to women’s sports and will serve as a catalyst for the growth and development of women’s hockey in the country.”

Hockey India Secretary General Shri Bhola Nath Singh added, “We are thrilled to introduce the National Women’s Hockey League, which represents a significant leap forward in our efforts to bolster women’s hockey at both the regional and national levels. This league will not only provide a platform for elite competition but also inspire young girls to pursue their passion for hockey.”

Please see the attached schedule of the league.

 

 

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