Field Hockey Preview
After missing out on the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the U.S. Men’s National Field Hockey Team has had Lima, Peru, on the radar since 2017 as the team looks to qualify for the Olympic Games for the first time since 1996. Bronze medals in the 2017 International Hockey Federation (FIH) Hockey World League Round 2 and 2017 Pan American Cup competitions pushed the U.S. to a first-place finish at the 2018 FIH Series Open, but a semi-final loss in the FIH Series Finals prevented the team from earning an Olympic qualification spot in June 2019.  

At the Pan American Games Lima 2019, the USMNT now has a strong chance of securing a ticket to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 by virtue of a gold medal. 

As two-time defending title holders, the U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team will be eying a three-peat at the 2019 Pan American Games.

Since the previous Games in 2015, the USWNT has competed in six major international competitions as well as many friendly matches. 

Rio 2016 saw the USWNT finish fifth overall. Next, the USWNT traveled to Johannesburg for the 2017 FIH Hockey World League Semifinals, a world cup qualifying event. The U.S. opened the tournament with two wins and later earned the quarterfinal victory. The exhilarating run continued as the USWNT upended England and Germany in shootout victories in the semifinal and final to be named champions.

The U.S. then hosted the 2017 women’s Pan American Cup. The USWNT finished at the top of their pool and moved into the bronze medal game with Canada. The U.S. came from behind to score on a penalty corner to earn the 2-1 bronze victory.

The USWNT went on to play at the Hockey World League Final in 2017, the Hockey Women’s World Cup London in 2018 and the first season of the inaugural FIH Pro League in 2019, gaining experience and learning from the competitions to prepare for Lima 2019.

The winning women’s field hockey teams at the Pan American Games will earn a ticket to Tokyo 2020.