France is back to the World Cup after 28 years. They performed twice at the World Cup. The team participated in the inaugural event in 1971 and nineteen years later at the 1990 competition in Lahore, Pakistan.

They are the lowest ranked team [20] but that doesn’t mean any team can take them lightly.

Head Coach Jeroen Delmee – himself a double Olympic gold medallist with the Netherlands – believes his side are capable of throwing a surprise on the higher ranked nations.

Grouped in Pool A with Olympic Champions Argentina, Spain and New Zealand, France will need to win at least one match to move up to the crossovers.

“I don’t think there is a huge difference between us, Spain and New Zealand. We could possibly produce a surprise result in our group.” Head Coach Jeroen Delmee

France will compete in their third World Cup.They competed in the 1971 and 1990 editions, finishing seventh on both occasions.

“We have skilful and creative players. Besides that we have a young team with players that want to give it their best in their first ever World Cup. We also have a good penalty corner routine and a good goalkeeper,” stated the coach.

The team will begin their campaign against New Zealand on 29 November 2018 and are banking on their experienced players to ensure good fight against higher ranked teams.

“Defensive discipline is the key for us. We will play teams that are assumed to be better then us.” added Delmee.