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The Women's Champions Trophy Explained

Dec 7, 2014

The Champions Trophy tournament is hosted every two years and features the top 8 teams in the world from either the latest World Cup or Olympic Games. This means that if the tournament is held in 2014, then the teams competing may not necessarily be in the top 8 at the current time. For example, the teams competing in this year’s tournament are teams who finished in the top 8 from the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The teams are placed in two pools for the beginning stage of the tournament, but no matter your ranking out of pool play, you move onto the quarterfinals of the event. This means that even if you do not perform well in pool play, you will still have a chance to move onto the quarterfinals of the tournament. At the end of the tournament, the team who finishes last will be dropped from the field and will be replaced by the winner of the Champions Challenge. This competition has been taking place for years and is said to be the Champions Trophy for the B-Nations. For example, Team USA won the Champions Challenge this past spring and will have the chance to compete in the Champions Trophy in 2016.

The tournament is currently going on and features the following teams, Argentina, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, China, Japan, England, and Germany. In the recent World Cup, Holland, Argentina and Australia have been at the top of the world, where the rest of the teams may drop in the world rankings due to previous results in major tournaments. China, Japan, England and Germany are some of the teams who will most likely drop in the world rankings following the Champions Trophy.

England has been through some ups and downs in the past year and has faced some changes such as, new coaches, and younger players have stepped in for older players retiring. After winning the bronze at the 2012 London Olympics, England finished toward the bottom at the 2014 World Cup. They will face Japan tomorrow for the No. 7 v 8 matchup at 9:30am EST.

The No. 5 v 6 matchup features China and Germany. Both teams did not do as well as they may have hoped in the 2014 World Cup, but both teams have competed well in the Champions Trophy so far and will maintain their spot for the 2016 Champions Trophy.

The Netherlands won the gold medal at the 2014 World Cup and are currently ranked No. 1 in the world. They have had many successes throughout the years and are currently playing quality hockey. They will be facing Argentina in the upcoming Semi-finals of the Champions Trophy. Argentina finished 3rd in the most recent World Cup where they defeated the USA, they are also hosting the current Champions Trophy and are looking to win this big tournament on their home soil. You can catch the action at 5pm EST tomorrow night!

In the other semifinal matchup we will see two teams who know each other very well and compete in the Oceanic part of the world. Australia and New Zealand recently faced each other in a test series in New Zealand just a few weeks ago. The teams are ready for a rematch and both are determined to reach the final of the Champions Trophy. You can watch this matchup tomorrow at 2:30PM EST on the FIH website. You won’t want to miss this one!

If you want to watch some of the best women’s field hockey in the world, go to the following site and catch all the championship game today!
http://events.fih.ch/new/competition/344


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