The fourth season of the Coal India Hockey India League kicks off tomorrow. The new-look league comes with new squads, new coaches and also with an increase in the tournament prize money. At the end of the three-year contract period, Fresh auctions were held and teams managed to retain a handful of players along with making new additions to their squads. Germany’s Moritz Fuerste emerged as the costliest player in the auction as he was roped in by the Kalinga Lancers for a whopping $ 105,000 (Rs. 71,18,000). Among Indian players, striker Akashdeep Singh was the most expensive, as he was signed by the UP Wizards for $ 84,000 (Rs. 57,00,000 approx.).
All you need to know about the Hockey India League 2016:
Like last year, six teams will feature in this edition of the Hockey India League namely Delhi Waveriders, Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Ranchi Rays, Dabang Mumbai, Punjab Warriors and Kalinga Lancers. Ranchi Rays won the 2015 season of the league, defeating Punjab Warriors 3-2 in the penalty shootout.
Format: Round-Robin format among the six teams. Matches to played on home-away basis and the top four teams qualify for the semi-finals.
Tournament dates: January 18- February 21.
Number of matches: 34
Match timings: 1800 IST on all playing days.
Opening match: Kalinga Lancers vs UP Wizards at Bhubaneshwar.
Points system: Win- 5 points, Draw- 2 points, Loss by a margin of two or less goals- 1 point, Loss by a margin of three or more goals- 0 points.
Prize Money: Total Rs 5.70 crore (Winners Rs 2.5 crore, Runners-up Rs 1.75 crore, third-place Rs. 75 lakh, Player of the Tournament Rs 50 lakh, Best Under 21 Player Rs. 20 lakh, Highest Goal-Scorer Rs 20 lakh, Player of the Match Rs 50,000, Goal of the Match Rs 50,000)
New Rule: Every field goal is to be counted as TWO GOALS. This includes field goals, goals from penalty corners and from penalty strokes.
Hockey India League 2016: Complete squads
1. Dabang Mumbai
Owner: Doit Sports Management
Home ground: Mahindra Hockey Stadium, Mumbai
Coach: Jay Stacy
Squad: Xavi Trenchs, Johan Bjorkman, Florian Fuchs, Jeremy Hayward, Kieran Govers, David Harte, Matthew Swann, Shea McAleese, Harmanpreet Singh, SH Nilakanta Sharma, Danish Mujtaba, Affan Yousuf, Roshan Minz, Nikkin Thimmaiah, Gurmail Singh, Tyron Pereira, Vikas Sharma, Manpreet, Gurjant Singh, Krishan B Pathak.
2. Delhi Waveriders
Owner: Wave group
Home ground: Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi
Coach: Cedric D’Souza
Squad: Simon Child, Tristan White, Steven Edwards, Devon Manchester, Austin Smith, Banjamin Stanzl, Iain Lewers, Justin Reid-Ross, Talwinder Singh, Yuvraj Walmiki, Surender Kumar, Parvinder Singh, Rupinderpal Singh, Harjot Singh, Vickram Kanth, Mandeep Singh, Prabhdeep Singh, Santa Singh, Amit Gowda, Harjeet Singh.
3. Punjab Warriors
Owner: Jaiprakash Associates Ltd.
Home ground: Hockey stadium, Mohali
Coach: Barry Dancer
Squad: Chris Cirello, Mark Knowles, Nicolas Jacobi, Jacob Whetton, Simon Orchard, Mark Gleghorne, Nick Haig, Matt Ghodes, SV Sunil, Satbir Singh, Sardar Singh, Varun Kumar, Jugraj Singh, Jasjit Singh Khular, Armaan Qureshi, Gurwinder Singh Chandi, Nithin Thimmaiah, Baljeet Singh Boparai, Harbir Singh Sandhu, Aiyappa Mukkatira Biddappa.
4. Kalinga Lancers
Owner: IDCO & MCL
Home ground: Kalinga Hockey Stadium, Bhubaneshwar
Coach: Mark Hager
Squad: Aran Zalewski, Andrew Charter, Moritz Fuerste, Matthew Willis, Glenn Turner, Matthew Dawson, Adam Dixon, Quirijn Caspers, Devinder Walmiki, Lalit Upadhyay, Gurjinder Singh, Anand Lakra, Dharamvir Singh, Amit Rohidas, Abhinav Kumar Pander, Stanli Victor Minz, Dipsan Tirkey, Malak Singh, Pradeep Mor, SK Uthappa.
5. Ranchi Rays
Owner: Sahara Rays Pvt. Ltd.
Home ground: Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Ranchi
Coach: Harendra Singh
Squad: Ashley Jackson, Barry Middleton, Fergus Kavanagh, Flynn Ogilvie, Daniel Beale, Tyler Lovell, Timothy Deavin, Trent Mitton, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh, Vikramjit Singh, Ashish Chikte, Imran Khan, Simranjeet Singh, Sumit Kumar, Sumit, Sandeep Singh, Sarvanjit Singh, Mohd. Amir Khan.
6. Uttar Pradesh Wizards
Owner: Sahara India Pariwar
Home ground: Dhyan Chand Sports College, Lucknow
Coach: Roger van Gent
Squad: Wouter Hauke, Edward Ockenden, Tobias Hauke, Jamie Dwyer, Kenny Bain, Agustin Mazilli, Gonzalo Peillat, Nicholas Spooner, VR Raghunath, PR Sreejesh, Ramandeep Singh, Suraj Karkera, Akashdeep Singh, Chinglensana Singh, PR Aiyapa, Gurinder Singh, Jaskaran Singh, M Gunasekar, Sunil Yadav, Vikas Vishnu Pillay.