India is aiming for their first World Cup victory, while the Netherlands are going for a hat-trick o

The best 16 teams in the world will compete for the coveted FIH World Cup title as the record-setting eight-time champion the Netherlands looks to achieve a hat-trick of championships and India seeks its first.

current champions The Netherlands, who will co-host the event with Spain from July 1 to July 17, are the most dominant team in women's hockey, having won the world championship eight times and placed second four times.

The Dutch women are the favorites to retain the title because they have four Olympic golds, two silvers, and three bronze medals to their credit.

With two victories each, Argentina, Australia, and Germany remain well behind in the standings.

However, the competition will begin with a Pool C match between the hosts Spain and Canada, whose greatest result was a second-place finish in the 1983 edition in Kuala Lumpur.

The 16 participating teams are split up into four pools, each with four teams. The top four teams from each pool advance directly to the quarterfinals, while the teams who finished second and third participate in crossover matches.

In the crossovers, the second-placed team from Pool A will play against the third-place team from Pool D and vice versa for the final four quarterfinal spots, while the second-placed team from Pool B will face the third-place team from Pool C and vice versa.

Germany, Chile, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the runners-up from the previous competition are in Pool A, while India, China, England, and New Zealand are in Pool B. Argentina, Canada, Korea, and Spain make up Pool C, while Australia, Belgium, Japan, and South Africa make up Pool D.

After winning the FIH Pro League, while Belgium finished second and India earned a creditable third in their inaugural season, the Netherlands would enter the competition full of confidence.

Even though India's greatest result in the competition was a fourth-place finish at the first edition in 1974, they won't be taken lightly in this edition of the competition as they have been on the rise after placing a record-breaking fourth in the Tokyo Olympics last year.

Ahead of countries like Argentina, Australia, and England, the Indian women's team finished on the podium in the FIH Pro League in May after reaching its highest-ever rating of sixth place in the world rankings.

And the Janneke Schopman-coached Indian team would be hoping to make history by placing in the top four of this competition, which is certainly not impossible. On Sunday, India will play their opening match against England.

The semifinal and championship games of the tournament are slated to take place here, despite Amstelveen hosting the Netherlands portion of the competition.

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