2018–19 Women's Hockey Series

The 2018–19 Women's Hockey Series was the inaugural season of the Hockey Series, a field hockey championship for women's national teams. The tournament started in June 2018 and finished in June 2019.[1]

2018–19 Women's Hockey Series
Tournament details
Teams42 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)10 (in 10 host cities)
Final positions
Champions South Korea
 India
 Spain
Tournament statistics
Matches played130
Goals scored801 (6.16 per match)

FormatEdit

The Hockey Series was open to national teams that were not playing in the Pro League.

The Hockey Series took place in two rounds, the Open and the Finals. The nine highest-ranked teams in the FIH World Rankings (as of 9 June 2017) skipped the Open and advanced directly to the Finals. All other national teams played in the Hockey Series Open, which features six regional events with up to six teams each. Fifteen teams qualified from the Hockey Series Open to the Hockey Series Finals, for a total of 24 teams in the Finals. Those teams played in three events, with eight teams per event (three automatic qualifiers and five that advanced from the Open).[2]

The top two placed teams in each of the Finals events qualified for the 2019 FIH Olympic Qualifiers.[3] In this qualification event, they were joined by the top four placed teams from the Pro League, and the two highest ranked teams not already qualified. The teams were drawn and played a two-legged tie to determine six qualified nations for the Olympic Games.

ScheduleEdit

Open eventsEdit

Dates Location Teams Hockey series finals
quotas
Hockey series finals
qualifier(s)
5–10 June 2018 Salamanca, Mexico   Canada
  Guatemala
  Mexico
  Panama
  Puerto Rico
2   Canada
  Mexico
23 June – 1 July 2018 Singapore   Hong Kong
  Indonesia
  Kazakhstan
  Malaysia
  Singapore
  Thailand
2   Malaysia
  Thailand
6–8 July 2018 Wattignies, France   Austria
  Belarus
  France
  Russia
3   Belarus
  France
  Russia
13–18 August 2018 Port Vila, Vanuatu   Fiji
  Solomon Islands
  Tonga
  Vanuatu
1   Fiji
21–26 August 2018 Vilnius, Lithuania   Czech Republic
  Lithuania
  Turkey
  Ukraine
  Wales
3   Czech Republic
  Ukraine
  Wales
18–23 September 2018 Santiago, Chile   Bolivia
  Brazil
  Chile
  Paraguay
  Peru
  Uruguay
2   Chile
  Uruguay
7–9 December 2018 Bulawayo, Zimbabwe   Namibia
  Zambia
  Zimbabwe
1   Namibia
1   Singapore
Total 15

Finals eventsEdit

The pools and venues were announced on 23 October 2018 with one team from Africa still to qualify.[4]

Dates Location Teams Qualified Olympic Qualification
Events Quotas
Olympic Qualification
Event Qualifiers
By Ranking From Hockey
Series Open
8–16 June 2019 Banbridge, Ireland   Ireland
  South Korea
  Scotland
  Czech Republic
  France
  Malaysia
  Singapore
  Ukraine
2   Ireland
  South Korea
15–23 June 2019 Hiroshima, Japan   India
  Japan[a]
  Poland
  Chile
  Fiji
  Mexico
  Russia
  Uruguay
1[b]   India
19–27 June 2019 Valencia, Spain   Italy
  Spain
  South Africa
  Belarus
  Canada
  Namibia
  Thailand
  Wales
2   Canada
  Spain
Total 5

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Japan cannot qualify for the Olympic Qualifiers because they have already qualified as hosts and winners of the Asian Games.
  2. ^ Because Japan finished in the top two and cannot qualify for the Olympic Qualifiers only one team qualified.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pakistan and Vanuatu to host Hockey Series Open events". FIH.ch. Retrieved 18 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Hockey Series Q&A
  3. ^ Olympic qualification system
  4. ^ "Pools and venues confirmed for 2019 FIH Series Finals". fih.ch. International Hockey Federation. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)