HIL - Hockey India League, is a professional league for field hockey competition in India. It is organized by Hockey India.
The tournament was originally contested in the first season among five
franchisee-based teams consisting of players
from India and around the world. In 2014, Kalinga Lancers joined as the sixth franchise, based in Bhubaneswar. The plan is to have 8 teams by 2016 and 10 by 2018, with a possibility of having a team from south India. 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.