FIH confirms pools for Olympic Games

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The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed that Spain women and New Zealand men have officially accepted invitations to participate in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games hockey events.

This now confirms the 12 team line-ups for both the men’s and women’s hockey events for next year’s Olympics, and following last week’s FIH World Rankings update, the pools are now set.

Great Britain’s Women have been handed a tough task, being placed in the same pool as World No2 Argentina and old sparring partner Australia as well as a reunion with former Assistant Coach Craig Parnham and his USA side. Japan and India make up the rest of the pool.

In women’s Pool A, defending Olympic and reigning world champions Netherlands, will face 2015 Hockey World League runners up New Zealand (ranked 4 in the World Rankings); China (5); Germany (8); Korea (9) and Spain (14).

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Great Britain’s men, currently ranked fourth in the world, will, like the women, renew hostilities with their sporting foes from Down Under and face reigning World and Hockey World League champions Australia, currently number one in the FIH World rankings. European rivals Belgium are also in Great Britain’s pool alongside New Zealand, Spain and hosts Brazil.

In Pool B of the men’s event, world number two ranked Netherlands will play defending Olympic champions Germany (3); Argentina (6); India (7); Ireland (12) and Canada (14).

The full match schedule for all the pool games and play-off stages will be confirmed later in February.

Spain women and New Zealand men were invited to participate following the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee’s (SASCOC) decision to reject invitations for South Africa’s men’s and women’s hockey teams.

To find out more about how the teams have qualified for Rio 2016, click here for the men and here for the women.

To download the FIH Qualification System for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad – Rio 2016, click here.

To see the latest FIH World Rankings, click here.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games Hockey Events Pools

Women

Pool A Pool B
Netherlands (1) Argentina (2)
New Zealand (4) Australia (3)
China (5) Great Britain (6)
Germany (8) USA (7)
Korea (9) Japan (10)
Spain (14) India (13)

Men

Pool A Pool B
Australia (1) Netherlands (2)
Great Britain (4) Germany (3)
Belgium (5) Argentina (6)
New Zealand (8) India (7)
Spain (11) Ireland (12)
Brazil (32) Canada (14)

You can see Great Britain's women in action on home soil for one last time before they head off to Rio for the Olympics. They take on the best of the best in the Champions Trophy at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. All the event and ticketing information can be found here.