Sunday, July 14, 2013

Malaysia 3rd Reserve for World Cup..

Argentina men qualified for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup thanks to a fine display at the Hockey World League Semi Final event in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
(Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

by FIH
Following the completion of the Hockey World League Semi Finals events in Rotterdam, London and Johor Bahru, The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is pleased to bring you an update on the teams that have qualified for the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup. The joint men’s and women’s event takes place from 31st May to 15th June 2014 in The Hague, The Netherlands.    
A total of 14 teams are now confirmed for next year’s showpiece event, with many others significantly improving their chances of achieving qualification thanks to strong showings at the Hockey World League Semi Finals. More information can be found below.

Rabobank Hockey World Cup – Men’s Qualifiers
  • The Netherlands
Top 3 – World League Semi-Finals
  • Germany: 1st in Johor Bahru / World Ranking: 1
  • Argentina: 2nd in Johor Bahru / World Ranking: 10
  • England: 3rd in Johor Bahru / World Ranking: 4
  •  Belgium: 1st in Rotterdam / World Ranking: 9
  • Australia: 2nd in Rotterdam  / World Ranking: 2 
  • New Zealand: 4th in Rotterdam* / World Ranking: 5 
* The 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. 

World Cup Qualification - The Next Stage
The remaining places at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup for men will be filled by the winners of the five continental championships. However, if any of the above listed 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. These teams can be found below, in order of their placing in the Hockey World League Semi Finals.    
  • Korea: 4th in Johor Bahru / 1st reserve for World Cup
  • Spain: 5th in Rotterdam / 2nd reserve for World Cup
  • Malaysia: 5th in Johor Bahru / 3rd reserve for World Cup
  • India: 6th in Rotterdam / 4th reserve for World Cup