Hockey India announces the launch of National Women’s League

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Hockey India President Dilip Trikey

Hockey India has announced the inaugural National Women’s Hockey League 2024 – 2025, marking a significant milestone in the nation’s sporting landscape. This ground-breaking initiative is the first domestic women’s league of its kind in India, promising an exhilarating showcase of talent and skill.

All you need to know about Hockey India’s Women’s League

The league is structured into two phases. The inaugural phase is 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 aims 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 the top eight at the marquee 14th Hockey India Senior Women’s National Championships.

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. These teams reflect 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 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 also expressed his enthusiasm for the league, stating, “The National Women’s Hockey League marks a watershed moment for Indian hockey, particularly for our women players.”

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