The final teams booked their tickets to the Olympics by winning their respective series at the FIH Olympic Qualifiers. In total, fourteen men’s and fourteen women’s teams faced off against each other to determine the final seven nations to qualify to the Olympics. The higher ranked nation hosted their opponent for two matches where the team with the better aggregate score qualified to the Olympics. The first matches began on October 25th while the final match ended on November 3rd 2019.
Both Germany and Great Britain hosted their men’s and women’s teams in Monchengladbach and London respectively. For Germany, the men hosted Austria and the women’s faced Italy while for Great Britain the men played against Malaysia while the women hosted Chile. The other two series were held in Strafford, New Zealand where the men played against South Korea and in Dublin, Ireland where the women faced Canada.
The first set of matches saw both Germany and Great Britain pick up a pair of victories with the men defeating Austria 5-0 and Malaysia 4-1 respectively while the women’s won their matches against Italy 2-0 and Chile 3-0 respectively. Additionally, a late goal by Simon Child gave New Zealand a 3-2 victory over South Korea while both Ireland and Canada drew their opening match 0-0.
Germany and Great Britain men and women booked their tickets to the Olympics after the second match as the German men and women defeated Austria 5-3 (10-3 aggregate) and Italy 7-0 (9-0 aggregate) respectively while Great Britain’s men and women won against Malaysia 5-2 (9-3 aggregate) and Chile 2-1 (5-1 aggregate) respectively. New Zealand had an easier time defeating South Korea during their second match as they won 3-0 to win the aggregate 6-2. The second Ireland vs. Canada match also ended in a scoreless draw meaning a shoot-out was required to decide the final Olympic qualifier. After tying three all, the sudden death shoot-out was won by Ireland in a 4-3 fashion.
This concludes the qualifiers for field hockey as all 12 men and 12 women’s teams have been decided.