SA Hockey Bid to host 2026 FIH World Cups.

The FIH has today announced the bids for the 2026 World Cup tournaments. South Africa has bid to host either the FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup or the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup in Potchefstroom in 2026. South Africa has also bid to host both tournaments at the same time. 

Following the successful staging of the FIH Women’s Junior World Cup in Potchefstroom this year, the first African-based World Cup, the country and northwest universities are keen to host the main event. 

The bids are as follows:

2026 FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup:

• Australia (host city: Melbourne/Geelong, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane/Gold Coast – to be confirmed)

• South Africa (host city: Potchefstroom)

• Uruguay (host city: to be confirmed)

2026 FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup:

• England, in partnership with Wales (host cities: to be confirmed)

• Germany(host city: to be confirmed)

• South Africa (host city: Potchefstroom)

2026 FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup and 2026 FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup combined (= being played at the same time):

• Belgium/Netherlands (host cities: Wavre and Amstelveen)

• South Africa (host city: Potchefstroom)

The hosts will be decided at the Executive Board meeting on 3 November and announced at the FIH Congress which will be held virtually on 4-5 November this year.

FIH CEO Thierry Weil said: “On behalf of FIH, I’d like to thank all National Associations who are bidding for our flagship events. We’re looking at really strong, and also diverse, bids here. We will now conduct a thorough analysis of each dossier so that the Event Bidding Task Force is fully informed of all aspects when making their recommendation to the Executive Board.”

The FIH Hockey World Cup, for Women like for Men, is the pinnacle of FIH events. Being played every 4 years, both the Men’s and the Women’s World Cup involve sixteen teams amongst the best ones in the world. It will be the sixteenth edition of the World Cup in 2026.