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Hockey: China’s women secure place at 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup

 

Sun Sinan of China, who have become the eighth women’s team to qualify for next year’s World Cup in the Netherlands. Photo: FIH.

Sun Sinan of China, who have become the eighth women’s team to qualify for next year’s World Cup in the Netherlands. Photo: FIH.

August 26, 2013: China have qualified for next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in the Netherlands, following Germany’s victory in the women’s tournament at the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships in Boom, Belgium.

 

The joint men’s and women’s World Cup takes place at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague, Netherlands from May 31-June 15, 2014.

 

China missed out on direct World Cup qualification by finishing fourth at June’s Investec World League Semi-Final in London, England. However, they were promoted from first reserves to guaranteed participants courtesy of Germany’s EuroHockey success at the weekend.

 

Like all of the continental championships, the big prize on offer at the Euros was direct qualification for the World Cup. However, with Germany having already qualified after a first-place finish at last month’s World League Semi-Final in Rotterdam, a ticket to the World Cup was immediately handed to first reserves China.

 

China become the eighth women’s team to qualify for the World Cup, with four more places up for grabs at the upcoming Asian, Oceania, Pan American and African continental championships.

 

However, if any of the pre-qualified teams also becomes continental champion, this opens the door to the teams that finished outside the top three at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals that have not already qualified for the World Cup.

 

These teams are second reserves Japan (fifth in Rotterdam), third reserves USA (fifth in London) and fourth reserves Belgium (sixth in Rotterdam). Japan are named second reserves ahead of USA courtesy of a superior placing in the FIH World Rankings.

 

2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup – Women’s Qualifiers

Netherlands: Hosts
Australia: 1st, World League Semi-Final, London, England

England: 2nd, World League Semi-Final, London, England
Argentina: 3rd, World League Semi-Final, London, England
Germany: Continental Champions Europe
Korea: 3rd, World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam, Netherlands
New Zealand*: 4th, World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam, Netherlands
China**: 4th, World League Semi-Final, London, England

* Netherlands, who pre-qualified for the World Cup as hosts, finished second in the World League Semi-Final event in Rotterdam, so New Zealand, the highest-ranked fourth-place finisher from both Semi-Final events, earned direct qualification to the World Cup.
** China qualified as first reserve courtesy of Germany’s victory in the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships.

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