The cr me de la cr me of girls’s hockey might be in motion when prime 16 sides of the world will struggle for the coveted FIH World Cup crown with report eight-time winners Netherlands eyeing a hat-trick of titles and India aiming for a primary.
Defending champions Netherlands, who could be co-hosting the match together with Spain from July 1 to 17, are essentially the most dominant outfit in ladies’s hockey, having gained the world title eight occasions whereas ending runner-up on 4 events.
The Dutch ladies even have 4 Olympic gold, two silver and three bronze of their kitty, making them favourites to defend the title.
Argentina, Australia and Germany are a distant second, having gained the match twice every.
The match, nonetheless, will kick begin with a Pool C recreation between hosts Spain and Canada in Pool C, whose finest end was a second spot within the 1983 version in Kuala Lumpur.
The 16 groups within the match are divided in 4 swimming pools of 4 groups every.The highest 4 sides from every pool will immediately qualify for the quarterfinals, whereas the second and third positioned groups will characteristic within the crossovers.
Within the crossovers, the second positioned staff of Pool A will play in opposition to third of Pool D and vice versa, whereas second of Pool B will face third of Pool C and vice versa for the remaining 4 quarterfinal spots.
Pool A consists of Germany, Chile, final version’s runners-up Eire and Netherlands, Pool B has India, China, England and New Zealand. Pool C contains Argentina, Canada, Korea and Spain and Pool D is made up of Australia, Belgium, Japan and South Africa.
Going into the match, Netherlands could be brimming with confidence after profitable the FIH Professional League, the place Belgium completed second and India ended a creditable third of their debut season.
Though India’s finest efficiency within the match was a fourth place end on the inaugural version in 1974, they are going to be no pushovers on this version of the occasion as they’ve been on an increase after attaining a historic fourth in final yr’s Tokyo Olympics.
Indian ladies’s staff achieved its best-ever sixth place on this planet rankings in Might this yr and gave some prime groups of the world a run for his or her cash within the FIH Professional League to complete on the rostrum forward of sides like Argentina, Australia and England.
And the Janneke Schopman-coached Indian aspect could be dreaming of registering its identify within the report books by ending on the highest 4 on this match, which is certainly not unimaginable. India will begin their marketing campaign in opposition to England on Sunday.
Whereas the Netherlands leg of the match might be hosted by Amstelveen, the semifinal and closing of the match are scheduled to be performed right here.