The first six (Spain, South Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Canada, and Malaysia) participated in the 1998 Men's Hockey World Cup in Utrecht, Netherlands.
1997 Men's Hockey World Cup Qualifier Wikipedia
The sixth Men's Hockey World Cup Qualifier for the World Cup in Utrecht, Netherlands was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from Tuesday March 4 to Saturday March 15, 1997. Twelve nations took part, and they were divided into two groups of six in the preliminary round. The top six teams joined the other six that have already qualified: Australia, England, Germany, India, Netherlands, and Pakistan.