Dublin hosts Womens Champions Challenge I next month

Aug. 20, 2012, 1:14 p.m. (ET)

The 2012 Women’s Field Hockey Champions Challenge 1 will be held in Dublin, Ireland, September 29-October 7 at the National Hockey Stadium, UCD. Dublin, Ireland and Irish Hockey has hosted two successful tournaments in the last 12 months, the Women's Electric Ireland Champions Challenge 1 and the Olympic qualifying event.

The teams qualified to participate in the event are Australia, Belgium, India, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Spain and the United States. The eight teams will be competing in two pools of four, with the winner of the event eventually securing one available place in the Women's Hockey Champions Trophy 2014, to be played in Argentina, where the winners will join the already qualified teams from Argentina, England, Netherlands, Germany and Japan. Two further contenders will be assigned invitational places at a later date by the FIH Executive Board.

More details on the event will follow in due course. To view the current World Rankings of the participating teams click here.