Where and how to watch Women's FIH Pro League 2023-24 live in India?
Bhubaneshwar legs starts today
The Indian women’s hockey team is set to begin its campaign in the FIH Pro League 2023-24 with a series of home matches against some of the top teams in the world in Odisha from Saturday.
The FIH Pro League is a global tournament that features nine of the best men’s and women’s teams, who play each other in a round-robin format over six months. The top four teams qualify for the grand final, where the winner is crowned as the FIH Pro League champion.
This will be India’s second appearance in the women’s FIH Pro League, after making a remarkable debut in the 2021-22 season, where they finished third behind Netherlands and Argentina. The Indian women’s hockey team earned a spot in the 2023-24 season after winning the inaugural FIH Hockey Nations Cup in December 2022, beating South Africa in the final.
The Indian women’s hockey team will face a tough challenge in the Odisha leg of the FIH Pro League, as they will take on four of the top 10 teams in the world rankings. All teams competing in Odisha will face each other once at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar before moving to the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela.
World No. 8 India will play Asian Games champions China, world No. 10, in their first game on Saturday, followed by a clash with reigning Olympic champions and world No. 1 Netherlands on Sunday. India will then take on world No. 2 Australia on Wednesday before playing against the 12th-ranked USA on Friday.
The Indian women’s hockey team will be led by goalkeeper Savita Punia, who has been in fine form in recent tournaments. She will be assisted by veteran striker Vandana Katariya, who will return to the squad as vice-captain after missing the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2024 in Ranchi in January due to an injury. Katariya is one of the most experienced players in the team, with over 200 international caps and 64 goals to her name.
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Complete FIH Women’s Pro League 2023-24 squad of India
Goalkeepers: Savita (C), Bichu Devi Kharibam
Defenders: Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita, Ishika Chaudhary, Monika, Jyoti Chhatri
Midfielders: Nisha, Vaishnavi Vitthal Phalke, Neha, Navneet Kaur, Salima Tete, Sonika, Jyoti, Baljeet Kaur, Sunelita Toppo
Forwards: Mumtaz Khan, Beauty Dungdung, Lalremsiami, Sangita Kumari, Deepika, Vandana Katariya (VC), Sharmila Devi.
When and where is the Women’s FIH Pro League 2023-24 scheduled to take place?
From the 3rd to the 9th of February, the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar will host the FIH Hockey Pro League 2023/24 (Women), which will then shift to the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela from 12th to 18th February.
Where and how to watch the live telecast of Women’s FIH Pro League 2023-24 live in India?
Sports18 Khel TV channel in India will broadcast the FIH Women’s Pro League live.
Where and how to watch live streaming of Women’s FIH Pro League 2023-24 in India?
You can watch the Women’s FIH Pro League 2023-24 hockey games in Odisha live on JioCinema.
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