The first-ever senior Hockey5s tournament will get underway in Lausanne after last year's postponement ©FIH

The fast and short format of hockey will make its much-anticipated bow at the Hero FIH Hockey5s Lausanne 2022 tomorrow. 

Taking place over two days, it will be the first official competition to be organised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). 

The most high-profile Hockey5s events until now were the tournaments held at the Youth Olympic Games, in Nanjing 2014 and Buenos Aires 2018. 

In the men's competition, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland and Switzerland will compete in a round robin style tournament, followed by a final between the two top teams. 

The women's format will also have five teams, with Switzerland, India, Poland, South Africa and Uruguay competing for the inaugural prize.

It was originally scheduled to take place in the Swiss city in September 2021, but was postponed by the FIH due to concerns over COVID-19.

Hockey5s is a shorter, more intense game that is made up of two 10-minute halves. 

Teams are comprised of four outfield players and a goalkeeper, as opposed to the eleven players used in traditional field hockey. 

Players can also make use of rebound boards on all four sides of the court. 

The new version of the sport was first played in preparation for the Nanjing 2014, and the first FIH Hockey5s World Cup is due to be held in 2024 in Muscat, Oman.