Oman is due to stage men's and women's tournaments at the inaugural FIH Hockey5s World Cups in January next year ©FIH

Hosts Oman have been drawn with The Netherlands, Malaysia and Fiji in the women's tournament for the inaugural International Hockey Federation (FIH) Hockey5s World Cups.

Oman's men's side are set to face two of those opponents in their tournament in Malaysia and Fiji, with the United States completing Pool D.

Both tournaments are set to feature 16 teams in the Omani capital Muscat from January 24 to 31 next year, and the draw was attended by FIH President Tayyab Ikram of Pakistan and Oman's Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth Basil bin Ahmed Al Rawas.

On the women's side, Oman are in Pool A with a Dutch side who top the world rankings for the 11-a-side format and are reigning Olympic and world champions.

Pool B features well-established hockey nations in Australia and South Africa alongside Ukraine and Zambia, while India have been pitted against the US, Poland and Namibia in Pool C.

The women's draw is concluded by last year's Hockey 5s Lausanne event winners Uruguay in Pool D with New Zealand, Thailand and Paraguay.

In the men's tournament, The Netherlands, who top the 11-a-side world rankings, are in Pool A with four-time world champions Pakistan, Poland and Nigeria.

Pool B includes India, Egypt, Switzerland and Jamaica, while Pool C features Olympic silver medallists Australia, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago and Kenya.

Oman's Pool D completes the draw.

Ikram, who beat Belgium's Marc Coudron to succeed former Indian Olympic Association President and International Olympic Committee member Narinder Batra as head of the FIH last year, congratulated teams featuring in the Hockey5s World Cups, and claimed players would be "trailblazers and the role models" for the future.

India and Pakistan in action at the inaugural Men's Hockey5s Asia Cup ©Hockey India
India and Pakistan in action at the inaugural Men's Hockey5s Asia Cup ©Hockey India

He said the draw represented a landmark moment in hockey5s' history.

"The draw ceremony today not only sets up the path to the gold medal for our teams, but also heralds the dawn of a new era in hockey," Ikram said.

"Hockey5s is not just a very exciting format, but it is also a highly accessible version of hockey that I am sure will inspire even more youngsters to pick up the stick and the ball and start playing our beautiful sport."

This month saw the inaugural Men's Hockey5s Asia Cup tournament conclude, with India beating Pakistan in the final in Salalah.

The score read 4-4 after regulation time, after which Gurjot Singh and Maninder Singh were on target in the shoot-out victory as Oman took bronze. 

There was more joy in store for India as the women's team also won gold. 

Despite trailing 1-2 in the final, India scored 6 goals to clinch the inaugural Women's Hockey5s Asia Cup title. 

Malaysia defeated Indonesia in another shoot out to win the women's bronze medal.

Hockey5s was used at the Nanjing 2014 and Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympics, and features teams of five players.

It is played on a pitch roughly half the size of that used for the 11-a-side game, and is billed as a "super-fast, highly skilful, short format" of the sport.