World hockey will take on a different look from 2019.

The International Hockey Federation has announced a new global home and away league will be introduced to complement the World Cup and Olympic tournaments.

The World League semifinals and finals will be scrapped, while the 2018 Champions trophies will be the last.

It's unclear how many teams will take part in the home and away league but the FIH says they'll be chosen on a clearly defined set of qualification criteria.

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The top ranked teams after the league will qualify for a stand-alone grand finale tournament.