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FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers: Everything You Need to Know

Oct. 25, 2019, 12 p.m. (ET)

BHUBANESWAR, India – October 25, 2019 – Six women’s teams' Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games stakes have begun today. Another eight will vie next weekend. The FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers will determine the final seven women’s spots left to send teams to Japan next summer. 

Below is everything you need to know about the upcoming FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers regarding the already qualified Tokyo 2020 teams, new two-team playoff format, schedule, USA roster and how to watch and live stream the games.

Tokyo 2020 Qualified Teams
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will consist of 12 teams on both the men’s and women’s sides, with Japan as the host nation and continental champions earning automatic bids. Since both of Japan’s men and women also placed first in the 2018 Asian Games, an additional FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifier was added to the overall quota, rather than the runner-up of the tournament.

On the women’s side, Argentina earned an automatic spot as gold medalists of the Pan American Games. The Netherlands won the Belfius EuroHockey Championships, New Zealand clinched the Oceania Cup and South Africa sealed the African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 event.

Two-Team Format

Per FIH documentation, the two teams will play twice against each other and with at least 22 hours of time between the start times of each match on consecutive days. Similar to other tournament structures, three points will be awarded to the winner, one point to each team should the match finish in a draw and no points to the loser. Each team will be ranked according to the number of points each has accumulated in the competition.

In the event that each team has the same number of points, the teams will be ranked according to their respective goal differences of “goals for” and “goals against." A positive goal difference always takes precedence over a negative one.

Should the same number of points remain after the respective goal difference, the two teams will compete in a shootout to establish the winner.

Women’s Schedule

Friday, October 25

3:00 AM          Australia vs. Russia#               Perth Hockey Stadium, Perth, AUS
4:00 AM          China vs. Belgium#                 Wujun Hockey Stadium, Changzhou, CHN
2:00 PM          Spain vs. Korea                       Estadio Betero, Valencia, ESP

Saturday, October 26

4:00 AM          China vs. Belgium#                 Wujun Hockey Stadium, Changzhou, CHN|
7:00 AM          Australia vs. Russia                 Perth Hockey Stadium, Perth AUS
2:00 PM          Spain vs. Korea                       Estadio Betero, Valencia, ESP

Friday, November 1

8:30 AM          India vs. USA                           Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, IND

Saturday, November 2

8:30 AM          India vs. USA                           Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, IND
9:00 AM          Great Britain vs. Chile             Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, London, UK
10:00 AM        Germany vs. Italy                    Hockeypark, Mönchengladbach, GER
2:00 PM           Ireland vs. Canada                  Energia Park, Donnybrook, IRL

Sunday, November 3

7:00 AM          Great Britain vs. Chile             Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, London, UK
8:30 AM          Germany vs. Italy                    Hockeypark, Mönchengladbach, GER
2:10 PM          Ireland vs. Canada                  Energia Park, Donnybrook, IRL

*All times in Eastern Time Zone
#These games will be available on 
fih.live.

USA Traveling Roster
The named travel roster is very similar to the one that competed at the 2019 Pan American Games, with the addition of provisional athletes Alyssa Parker (Woodbine, Md.) and Kealsie Robles (Yorktown, Va.) along with Virginia Bramley (Elizabethtown, Pa.) and Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md.).

Prior to the first qualifier game, USWNT Head Coach Janneke Schopman will establish an 18-athlete roster to compete in both matches. This roster cannot change between the games even if there are injuries or illness.

Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.), Kelsey Bing (Houston, Texas), Virginia Bramley (Elizabethtown, Pa.)Anna Dessoye (Mountaintop, Pa.), Ali Froede (Burke, Va.), Linnea Gonzales (Bel Air, Md.), Danielle Grega (Kingston, Pa.), Ashley Hoffman (Mohnton, Pa.), Amanda Magadan (Randolph, N.J.), Alyssa Manley (Lititz, Pa.), Erin Matson (Chadds Ford, Pa.), Lauren Moyer (York, Pa.), Margaux Paolino (Villanova, Pa.), Alyssa Parker (Woodbine, Md.), Kelsey Robles (Yorktown, Va.), Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.), Casey Umstead (Green Lane, Pa.), Caitlin Van Sickle (Wilmington, Del.), Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md.), Julia Young (Yorktown, Va.)

How to Watch
Both of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifier games against India will be live streamed on Bleacher Report (B/R) Live pay-per-view.

Fans can stream individual matches for $2.99 per game or subscribe to the B/R Live Monthly Pass to watch every FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifier for $9.99 per month. If the 2019 International Field Hockey Pass was purchased earlier in the year, access will be granted to stream all FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers. There are some exception games that will not be available live on B/R Live, including China vs. Belgium (Oct. 26), which will be live on fih.live.

For more information about the FIH Olympic Qualifier, visit the official event page by clicking here. #RoadToTokyo #Tokyo2020 #GiftofHockey