About HIL

Hockey India League abbreviated as HIL, is a professional league for field hockey competition in India. It is organised by Hockey India. The tournament is contested among six franchisee-based teams consisting of players from India and around the world. The entire event takes place on home and away basis culminating into multi header playoffs. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has sanctioned the event and also provides a 30-day window at the beginning of a year so that all top players can participate. It is currently sponsored by two-wheeler manufacturer Coal India, and is therefore officially known as Coal India Hockey India League.

Rules and Regulations
Six teams took part in the tournament and each team played three matches against each team, one at their home venue and one at the venue of the opposition team. The third match was played against the other four teams two at home and two away. The points in the league phase of the tournament were awarded as follows: If at the end of the League two or more teams had the same number of points for any place, these teams would be ranked according to the following order:  





5 points


2 point

Loss with goal difference of 2 or less goals

1 points

Loss with goal difference of 3 or more goals

0 points


  • Respective number of matches won;
  • Respective goal difference (goals for less goals against). A positive goal difference always takes precedence over a negative one;
  • Respective number of goals scored;
  • The cumulative results of the two matches played between those two teams taking firstly the points won in the two matches, secondly the goal difference, and thirdly the number of goals scored

First season of Hockey India League was played from 14 January to 10 February with five city-based franchises on home and away basis. It was originally planned as a tournament with six contesting teams but the sixth franchise (Bangalore) remained unsold.

Indian hockey's chief sponsor Sahara India Pariwar bought the first franchise of the proposed Hockey India League (HIL) based in Lucknow. Jaypee Group picked up the Punjabbased franchise. Ranchi became the third franchise for this league owned by Sahara India Pariwar. Business house Wave Group bought Delhi franchise making it the fourth of the six teams.Dabang Mumbai became the fifth franchise which was bought by the Doit Sports Management.
The remaining one franchise, Bangalore, remained unsold due to the inaugural season was a five team event. India Cements, the current owners of the most successful IPLfranchise, Chennai Super Kings, received a proposal from Hockey India in owning Chennai based franchise.

The second season of HIL will be played among six teams. The sixth franchise is based in Bhubaneswar and is named Kalinga Lancers. It is owned by Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation of Odisha (IDCO) and Mahanadi Coalfield Ltd. (MCL).

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