fixtures for World League
England's men's team now know the task ahead of them in this summer's Hockey
World League semi-final in London, and Argentina, Korea, Malaysia & China
stand in our way as Bobby Crutchley's side bid for World Cup qualification.
Our men's team are in fine spirits after a very successful tour of South Africa
last month, and are building momentum ahead of some huge hockey this summer.
All of these games are at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre and tickets
are on sale now.
There are some huge matches in store, including a potential quarter final
against Scotland with World Cup qualification in store for the winner!
What we need to do
In order to guarantee qualification for the World Cup, we need to finish fifth
or above in the tournament.
England vs China, 8pm, Thu 15 June
Our opening match sees us take on China, who we faced in 2015's Hockey World
League and earned a resounding 8-1 victory, so if we can overcome their
challenge repeat that type of scoreline then we could start the tournament with
England vs Malaysia, 4pm, Sat 17 June
Malaysia will pose a tough challenge, having won their own World League 2
tournament last month. They were third in the 2016 Asian Champions Trophy and
this promises to be an exciting fixture in front of a big weekend crowd.
Tickets are selling well for Showdown Saturday; the session also features
Scotland against Holland so it'll be a great day's hockey.
England vs Argentina, 4pm, Sun 18 June
Undoubtedly the toughest test on paper comes against Rio gold medalists
Argentina on Super Sunday. The day also features the great rivalry of India vs
Pakistan so there is bound to be a cracking atmosphere on the Queen Elizabeth
England vs Korea, 8pm, Tue 20 June
The final group game sees us take on Korea, who qualified for the tournament
based on their world ranking and therefore pose a significant challenge. They
were disappointed to miss out on Olympic qualification for Rio, and will be
keen to bounce back
Quarter finals: Thursday 22 June
Having made it through the pool, a quarter final on 22 June would arguably
be one of the biggest games of the tournament, as a victory in this match would
guarantee qualification for the 2018 Hockey World Cup. Scotland are among our
potential opponents from Pool B - so a huge match could be in store if it turns
out to be England vs Scotland.
Semi finals: Sat 24 June
Final: Sun 25 June
The top teams from each pool will then do battle as the tournament comes to a
close, culminating in the showpiece finals day on Sunday 25 June. With medals up for grabs, the teams will be going all out to secure glory.
For England games, midweek tickets start at £7.50 for U18s and £22 for adults.
For weekend sessions, tickets begin at £10 for U18s and £30 adults, and all
sessions include a minimum of two matches.
We are also planning sessions with athletes from our England and GB teams, stay tuned for confirmation.
For more information on the event and to book your place, click here.