29 Au­gust

The 2014 Hockey Cham­pi­ons Chal­lenge 1 events were al­lo­cated to Kuan­tan, Malaysia (men) and Glas­gow, Scotland (women). The men’s tour­na­ment will run from April 26 to May 4, while the women’s edi­tion is sched­uled for April 27 to May 4. The Hockey Cham­pi­ons Chal­lenge 1 is an in­ter­na­tional hockey event played ev­ery two years, and is a key qual­i­fi­ca­tion route to the elite Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy. The win­ners of the Cham­pi­ons Chal­lenges 1 in 2014 will qual­ify for the 2016 Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy.

18 July

The ex­ec­u­tive board of the FIH, field hockey’s gov­ern­ing body, agreed to make changes to the rules and reg­u­la­tions of in­door hockey, which came into ef­fect on Septem­ber 1. The most sig­nif­i­cant mod­i­fi­ca­tion was the re­duc­tion of the num­ber of play­ers on the field of play from six to five per team. The FIH said the change will cre­ate more space on the field of play, en­sur­ing even more ex­cit­ing ac­tion for the spec­ta­tors and tele­vi­sion au­di­ences around the world.

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