India will be one of the favourites to win the inaugural edition of the tournament and qualify for the Pro League.

Indian women’s hockey team will be taking part in the inaugural edition of the FIH Nations Cup which is the annual qualification tournament for the FIH Pro League. The women’s team finished a credible third in the last edition of the Pro League but was relegated to the Nations Cup as two countries had withdrawn last year and India filled up one of the slots. India will be entering the League on the back of a brilliant run at the Commonwealth Games winning a bronze medal.

Eight countries are set to participate in the league and the teams are divided into two groups. India is positioned in Pool B along with Chile, Japan, and South Africa. The top two teams from both groups make it to the semifinals and the winner ultimately will qualify for the Pro League.

FIH Nations Cup: Schedule

11 December 2022: India vs Chile | 03:15 PM IST

12 December 2022: India vs Japan | 03:15 PM IST

14 December 2022: India vs South Africa | 03:15 PM IST

Many players took part in the recently concluded National Games and then were part of the training camp held separately. Rani Rampal who was in excellent form at the National Games was once again omitted from the squad by the coach Janneke Schopman. 

India played three practice games against Spain losing two and drawing one match. India could score only two goals combined in the three matches. Next up the Indian side will play Ireland on 8th December which will be the final practice match. 

Indian women’s hockey squad for FIH Nations Cup:


1. Savita (Captain) 

2. Bichu Devi Kharibam 


3. Deep Grace Ekka (Vice Captain) 

4. Gurjit Kaur

5. Nikki Pradhan

6. Udita 

7. Ishika Chaudhary 


8. Nisha

9. Salima Tete

10. Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam

11. Monika

12. Neha

13. Sonika

14. Jyoti 

15. Navjot Kaur


16. Vandana Katariya

17. Lalremsiami

18. Navneet Kaur

19. Sangita Kumari 

Player to Watch

Vandana Katariya and Gurjit Kaur will be the players to watch out for from India. India couldn’t hit many goals against Spain in the practice matches and Vandana Katariya needs to put up a spirited performance. She had an excellent outing during the Commonwealth Games and has been India’s forward in recent times. India has failed to make use of penalty corners and has a poor conversion rate. Gurjit Kaur the drag-flicker needs to make use of the opportunity and score as many as possible.

Live Streaming

Fancode and will be live streaming all the women’s FIH Nations Cup matches. There is no official announcement for matches to be streamed on TV.

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