The Hockey Series is an international competition organized by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) . The first edition of the biennial Hockey Series will take place throughout 2018 and 2019. The competition forms the basis for the, also newly introduced, Hockey Pro League and is part of the Olympic and World Championship qualification process.
The Hockey Series format is very similar to the format of rounds 1 and 2 of the previous FIH Hockey World League . In the first round of the Hockey Series Open, all registered nations except the 9 nations from the Pro League and 9 nations pre-qualified for round 2 of the Hockey Series Finals play. The number and formats of the individual tournaments depend on the number of participants. A total of 15 nations from the Hockey Series Open qualify for the finals.
The Hockey Series Finals have a fixed format. Three tournaments with eight participants each are organized. Qualified for this are the nine best from the world rankings on the cut-off date, with the exception of the Pro League participants, and 15 qualifiers from the first round.
The first and second of the three Hockey Series Finals tournaments are allowed to participate in the FIH Olympic Qualifying Games, if they are not otherwise qualified for the Olympic Games.
- FIH launches the 'Hockey Series' with all roads leading to Tokyo 2020 website of the FIH. Retrieved June 22, 2018
- Qualification system - Games of the XXXII Olympiad - Tokyo 2020 (PDF) website of the FIH. Retrieved June 22, 2018