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Hockey: India men confirm place at 2014 World Cup in Netherlands

India’s men have secured their expected place at next year’s World Cup following the completion of the Oceania Cup, where victory by Australia or New Zealand would have ensured the Indians qualified. Photo: FIH / Grant Treeby.

India’s men have secured their expected place at next year’s World Cup following the completion of the Oceania Cup, where victory by Australia or New Zealand would have ensured the Indians qualified. Photo: FIH / Grant Treeby.

November 4, 2013: India men and Belgium women have become the latest teams to qualify for next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Netherlands, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) confirmed. The 2014 World Cup takes place in the 15,000-capacity Kyocera Stadium in The Hague from May 31-June 15.

 

India and Belgium confirmed their places in next year’s showpiece event following the completion of the men’s and women’s Oceania Cup continental championships – both won by Australia – in Stratford, New Zealand.

 

Like all of the continental championships, the big prize on offer for the winners of the Oceania Cup tournaments was direct qualification to the World Cup.

 

However, with both Australian teams having already achieved World Cup qualification through the Hockey World League Semi-Finals, the door was subsequently opened to the teams that finished outside the top three at the World League Semi-Finals that had not yet qualified for the World Cup.

 

India men’s sixth place finish at the World League Semi Final in Rotterdam has proven to be enough for their participation, while the women of Belgium – sixth-place finishers in the women’s competition in Rotterdam – have also been handed their ticket to the World Cup party.

 

A total of 22 teams (11 men and 11 women) have now qualified for the World Cup, with just two more places left to fill. The remaining berths will be taken by the winners of the rescheduled Men’s and Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, which takes place from November 18-24 in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

More information about the qualifiers and the qualifying process for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup can be found below.


Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 – Men’s Qualifiers

 

Netherlands: Hosts
Germany: Continental Champions Europe
Argentina: Continental Champions Pan America
Korea: Continental Champions Asia
Australia: Continental Champions Oceania
England: 3rd place – Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johor Bahru (MAS)
Belgium: 1st place – Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED)
New Zealand: 4th place – Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED) *
Spain: 5th place – Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED). **
Malaysia: 5th place – Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johor Bahru (MAS) ***
India: 6th place – Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED) ****

* Netherlands finished third in the Hockey World League Semi-Final event in Rotterdam. As they are already pre-qualified as the host, this means that the highest ranked fourth place finisher from both Semi-Final events earns direct qualification to the Rabobank Hockey World Cup. This place goes to New Zealand, who were fourth in Rotterdam and currently sit fifth in the FIH World Rankings.
** Spain qualified as second reserve courtesy of Germany’s victory in the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships. Spain (5th in Rotterdam) were named second reserve ahead of Malaysia (5th in Johor Bahru) courtesy of a superior placing in the FIH World Rankings.
*** Malaysia qualified as third reserve courtesy of Korea’s victory in the Asia Cup 2013.
**** India qualified as fourth reserve courtesy of Australia’s victory in the Oceania Cup 2013

 

 

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 – Women’s Qualifiers

 

Netherlands: Hosts
Germany:  Continental Champions Europe
Japan: Continental Champions Asia
Australia: Continental Champions Oceania
England: 2nd place – Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final,  London (ENG)
Argentina:  3rd place – Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final,  London (ENG)
Korea: 3rd place – Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED)
New Zealand: 4th place – Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED) *
China: 4th place – Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final, London (ENG) **
USA: 5th place – Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final, London (ENG) ***
Belgium: 6th place – Rabobank Hockey World League Semi Final, Rotterdam (NED) ****

* Netherlands finished second in the Hockey World League Semi-Final event in Rotterdam.  As they are already pre-qualified as the host, this means that the highest ranked fourth place finisher from both Semi-Final events earns direct qualification to the Rabobank Hockey World Cup. This place goes to New Zealand, who were fourth in Rotterdam and currently sit third in the FIH World Rankings.
** China qualified as first reserve courtesy of Germany’s victory in the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships.
*** With second reserves Japan and the already qualified Argentina winning the respective continental championships in Asia and Pan America, the World Cup ticket was handed to third reserves USA.
**** Belgium qualified as fourth reserve courtesy of Australia’s victory in the Oceania Cup 2013

 

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