FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela: 10 days to go!

January 3, 2023

In exactly 10 days the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela will burst into action and thrill hockey fans all over the world, as the joint venues of Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar and the brand-new Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela play host to the 15th edition of the premier FIH men’s tournament in the world!

The 16 best men’s hockey teams in the world have meticulously prepared for the tournament and strategized for the opponents who stand in their path to ultimate glory. The organizing team in India has pulled out all the stops to create the best experience for the players and the fans. The officials are primed and ready to ensure a smooth-running and fairly contested tournament. The fans are ready to cheer for the biggest hockey stars, and witness the highest quality of hockey action that will set their pulses racing!

For the first time ever the FIH Men’s World Cup will be hosted by a nation twice in a row as the 2018 edition was hosted in the state of Odisha in India as well. The state of Odisha is no stranger to major hockey events having hosted various events in recent years including the FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup in 2021 and the FIH Hockey Pro League over the past 4 years, following the FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup in 2018.

Both Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, will host matches on the opening day of the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela. The first match of the day will be played in the Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneswar, where 2016 Olympic Gold medalists Argentina will take on reigning African Champions, and victors of the recent inaugural edition of the FIH Hockey Men’s Nations Cup: South Africa. This will be followed by more Pool A action between World No. 1 Australia and the rapidly improving French team. The action will then shift to the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela, where teams of Pool D will get their campaigns underway, as England take on Wales in the first game to be played at the brand-new stadium. The final game of the opening day will pit hosts India against Spain, two teams familiar with each other through the FIH Hockey Pro League, where they have produced highly entertaining matches with goals galore!

Indian hockey fans have shown themselves to be vastly passionate about hockey, having consistently turned out in huge numbers and creating a great atmosphere at the FIH Hockey Pro League matches over the past few years, as well as the 2018 World Cup. This can be already witnessed again with all matches in Rourkela sold out! The month of January will once again see the hockey world descend into Odisha and add an international flavour into the mix, as fans from all around the world arrive to cheer their favourite teams and players at the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela.


The full match schedule for the World Cup can be found here.


The tickets for the matches to be held in both Bhubaneswar and Rourkela can be booked here.


Pool A: Australia, Argentina, France, South Africa

Pool B: Belgium, Germany, Korea, Japan

Pool C: Netherlands, New Zealand, Malaysia, Chile

Pool D: India, England, Spain, Wales


The squads of  the 16 participating teams can be found here.


The list of Officials is available here.

Where to watch?

The matches will be shown live on TV or on Watch.Hockey. See full plan here.