Who will Englandís teams face at the Euros?

Who will England’s teams face at the Euros?
The EuroHockey Championship gets underway on Friday 16 August as hosts Belgium face Spain at 7:30pm BST, but when do England’s men’s and women’s teams take to the field?

The men’s side are the first of England’s teams to appear when they face Wales at 10:15am BST on Saturday 17 August whilst England’s women face Ireland the following day at 10:15am BST.

There was success for the men’s and women’s teams at the previous edition of the competition in 2017 as both came away with bronze medals. With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics around the corner, a gold medal at this year’s EuroHockey Championship will secure automatic qualification to the Games. Should the England teams not secure the title at the competition, Great Britain will compete in a two-legged Olympic Qualifier later this year where the victor will make it to the Games.

Men’s fixtures:
Aug 17: England v Wales – 10:15am BST
Aug 18: England v Belgium – 5pm BST
Aug 20: Spain v England – 12:30pm BST
The semi-final matches (as well as Pool C games – competed by the teams who finished 3rd or 4th in Pool A & B) will take place on August 22 with the final, bronze medal match and final Pool C games happening on August 24.

Women’s fixtures:
Aug 18: England v Ireland – 10:15am BST
Aug 19: Germany v England – 12:30pm BST
Aug 21: England v Belarus – 9am BST

The semi-final matches (as well as Pool C games) will take place on August 23 with the final, bronze medal match and final Pool C games happening on August 25.

The men’s and women’s squads for the competition have been announced, click HERE to find out which 18 players have been selected for each team.

From 19-21 August the Euro ParaHockey Championships will also take place in Antwerp alongside the senior event. It is for players with learning disabilities and include representatives from a host of different European countries. 

Two Flyerz Teams from England are competing, with Flyerz Hockey the name given to disability hockey in England; that is ever growing in popularity as more and more clubs offer Flyerz Hockey across England.

The final day of the Euro ParaHockey Championships 2019 and closing ceremony will take place on the Belfius EuroHockey Championship pitch, in between the morning and afternoon sessions.

The Flyerz Teams from England aim to emulate Midlands Mencap who represented England in the ParaHockey Campionships 2017, bringing home gold after defeating Spain in the final our in Amsterdam.