Six countries have been awarded Hockey World League events  ©Getty Images

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed that six countries will host 2016/17 Hockey World League (HWL) Round Two events in early 2017.

Men's competitions will be held in Tacarigua, Trinidad & Tobago, Dublin, Ireland and Dhaka, Bangladesh while women's tournaments will take place in Vancouver, Canada, Valencia, Spain and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather said: "We are delighted to announce these six venues for the Hockey World League Round Two.

"We had an unprecedented number of exceptional applications to host these events which made the decision making process extremely difficult.

"Twenty-four bids from cities around the world were received, which provides further evidence of the growing global spread of our sport.

“What’s great to see is that many of the bids reflected one of our Hockey Revolution goals – to develop innovative and exciting entertainment events.

The Hockey World League offers the chance of Olympic and World Cup qualification
The Hockey World League offers the chance of Olympic and World Cup qualification ©Getty Images

"With this in mind, we have no doubt that each and every one of the host cities will put on fantastic events and in doing so showcase international hockey at its best.”

The dates for each event are currently being finalised with the host National Associations while venues for Round One tournaments, which will take place next year, are also yet to be announced.

In all, the HWL consists of four rounds and is played over two years around the world.

Countries are given the opportunity to progress through the rounds, with Olympic and World Cup qualification spots up for grabs.

The 2016/17 HWL will decide which teams qualify alongside continental champions and hosts for the Men's World Cup in India and the Women's World Cup in England.

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