2 choppy matches in the quarter-final against Poland (5/0 – Scorers: Timothée Clément (x2), Blaise Rogeau, Gaspard Baumgarten and Maximilien Branicki ) and in the semi-final against Austria (4/1 – Scorers: Victor Charlet, François Goyet, Etienne Tynevez and Maximilien Branicki ) allowed the Blues to join the qualifiers for the World Cup organized for the second consecutive time in India in 2023 (1) .
1 st objective achieved with the qualification for the 2023 World Cup on a particular format in which it was important not to miss either in the quarter or in the semi-finals. “ The boys did it and we have mastered these 2 games so important for the future of the group , underlines Frédéric Be, coach of the Blues. The very serious work we did during the 20 days of preparation leading up to the Cardiff tournament paid off ”.
Even if the French coach is pleased with this result, the result of the last match against Wales disappointed him: ” It is always better to end a tournament with a victory”. France is ranked higher than the Wales (15 th place for 13 th place for the Blues .
“The final Sunday against the host country not leave us a lot of frustration … We clearly dominated our opponent in every department game, except in the realization of the many opportunities we had. The Welsh were very realistic (no entry into our circle in 1 st half time, 2 shots on goal and a PC for a 2/1 victory). This must serve as a lesson to us and we must gain in realism in front of the goal and on PC ”.
From mid-November to the end of March 2022, the France team will start a big daily physical preparation and weekly group sessions. “ French internationals are not going to be idle between our weekly gatherings and training in their various clubs. This in-depth work is essential to take a new physical course and to tackle our next summer deadlines in the best possible conditions ”.
Indeed, let us recall that the qualifications for the 2023 European Cup will take place at the end of August 2022 on a model substantially identical to those for the World Cup that we have just played (2) .
“ Until then, we will be increasing the number of internships and gatherings to pass this new milestone. A first internship is scheduled in Spain for the second week of January 2022 with matches to be confirmed against Spain, the Netherlands and Great Britain. The year 2022 is an important year which should serve as a springboard for the World Cup in India (January 2023) and, of course, the Paris Olympics 15 months later ”.
The World Cup will take place from January 13 to 29, 2023 in Bhubaneswar & Rourkela in India.
France will participate in a qualifying tournament at the end of August 2022 to try to stay in Group A during the 2023 European Cup.