Team USA is headed back to London.
The International Hockey Federation’s World League Semi-Final tournaments will be held in Rotterdam and London this summer and the U.S. Women’s Team was assigned to the host of the 2012 Olympic Games.
The U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team qualified for the World League semi-final tournament in London after a successful World League Round 2 campaign in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil earlier this month. Team USA finished with a near-perfect record, defeating Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and Trinidad and Tobago and drawing Scotland in regulation. The teams joining Team USA in London this summer are: Argentina, England, Australia, China, South Africa, Spain and Italy.
Olympic silver medalists Argentina, Australia, China and England automatically qualified for the tournament based on their top eight world ranking. The Argentine women, ranked No. 2 in the world, are the highest-ranked team in the London semi-final. Italy, Spain, South Africa and Team USA all qualified through various World League Round 2 tournaments.
The World League semi-final event, held at the University of Westminster’s Quintin Hogg Memorial Sports Ground in Chiswick, London from June 22-30, will be Team USA’s first opportunity to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. The last time the U.S. Women’s Team competed at a World Cup event was in 2006 in Madrid, Spain.
The U.S. has been drawn into a pool made up of No. 2 Argentina, No. 7 China and No. 17 Italy. The second pool will consist of No. 4 England, No. 6 Australia, No. 11 South Africa and No. 15 Spain.