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Hockey: Korea fired up for Women’s Junior World Cup

hwlKorea will lead the Asian charge at the women’s Hockey Junior World Cup, which will be held in Mönchengladbach, Germany from July 27-August 4.

 

China and India are the continent’s other representatives in the 16-team field, but Korea have the strongest history in the tournament, having won gold in 2001 and 2005, silver in 1989 and bronze four years ago in the USA.

 

The Junior World Cup is held once every four years and is – for nearly every player in the event – the first major international competition of their career.

 

The 16 teams will be split into four pools of four teams. Following the preliminary round robin, teams will either move into a placement round for the bottom eight finishers or onto a quarterfinal, semi-final and final round. In total, every team is guaranteed six games.

 

Korea are in Pool A with the defending champions, the Netherlands, as well as 2009 hosts USA and Ghana. China are in Pool B with Argentina, South Africa and Canada. India feature in Pool C with New Zealand, Australia and Russia, while England, Germany, Belgium and Spain make up a competitive Pool D.

 

In August, the Korea men’s national team will defend their 2009 title at the ninth Men’s Asia Cup, which will begin in Ipoh, Malaysia on August 24. In other continental action, Toronto will play host to the Pan American Cup August 10-18 as the top-eight men’s teams converge on the Maple Leaf Nation.

 

The Women’s Asian Cup will be held in September, along with the Africa Cup of Nations and the Women’s Pan American Cup.

 

The Oceania Cup rounds out the Continental Championships in October. In addition, the EuroHockey League begins a new cycle with the 1.1 tournament starting things anew.

 

The first-ever Hockey World League Final will be held in Argentina from November 30-December 8. The tournament will determine the first-ever winner from the Hockey World League after nearly two years of build-up.

 

The 2013 hockey calendar concludes by looking ahead to the future of the game with the Men’s Junior World Cup in India from December 5-16, featuring 16 teams.

 

To view the entire FIH 2013 Calendar, please click here.

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