Global league would boost players’ pay-days
from page one Event Portfolio Implementation Panel” will pick the teams.
National associations are coming under increasing pressure as most rely on government funding to support their international athletes.
England Hockey got a funding increase on the back of GB’s Rio success and will receive £18m over the next four-years, but players’ heads are still turned by the riches of the Hockey India League and the lure of good money from Holland and Belgium.
“Hockey India League has added real value and any opportunity within the sport for players to play in a different environment and earn good money has to be applauded,” said Munday.
“But the FIH are clear they want to work in partnership with the national associations. We think the home and away league has the potential to generate sufficient revenue so the FIH can plough money back into the associations so they can be less reliant on government funding.”
The top teams have received details of the criteria they will need to fulfil in order to be awarded home advantage.
These include a demand to create “Big, Bold, Packed and Loud” events which have strict parameters around marketing, promotion and broadcasting deals.
David Luckes, acting CEO of FIH said the event would change the landscape of international hockey.
He said: “This is the first step towards the implementation of our gamechanging new event portfolio. It’s been designed to provide a regular calendar of must see events played in packed stadia across the world throughout the year.”