International Hockey Federation (FIH) started the Women’s World Cup in 1974. Later it merged with the International Federation of Women’s Hockey Associations (IFWHA) in 1982. Since 1986, the tournament occurs once in every 4 year.
Facts About Women’s Hockey World Cup
Only four nations have won the past 13 events.
At the end of the 2006 world cup, fourteen nations had reached the semifinal of the tournament.
India reached the semifinal in 1974 World Cup.
Argentina, Germany and Netherlands are the only teams to have competed at each World Cup
28 teams have competed in at least one World Cup.
Netherlands has won maximum titles- 7 (1974, 1978, 1983, 1986*, 1990, 2006, 2014).
Netherlands has entered the semifinals in all but one appearance. Including 2010 World Cup, only in 1994 they failed to reach SF.
Best performance by Continents
European 9 titles, won by Netherlands (7) and Germany (2)
Oceania 2 titles, won by Australia
Americas 2 titles, won by Argentina
Asian third place (Korea, 1990 and China, 2002)
African Seventh place (South Africa, 1998)
Number of Participants
10 teams 1974 and 1978
11 teams 1976
16 teams 2002 and 2018
12 teams in remaining 9 World Cups (including 2010 and 2014)