Dragflick Newsdesk : While the Honamas have to wait until mid-January 2023 for their World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India, the Danas under the new national coach Valentin Altenburg will have the World Cup in the summer from July 1st to 17th. It will be the first world championship to be hosted by two European nations.
Whether splitting the tournament into the Amstelveen (Wagener Stadium, 9,000 spectators) and Terrassa (Estadi Olympic, 11,500 spectators) locations represents a sensible solution for an international hockey tournament, especially in times of climate change, is certainly a controversial discussion because it is for fans and teams and officials, increased travel expenses arise and infrastructure (e.g. TV production) also has to be organized twice.
With the hockey-crazy suburbs of Amsterdam and Barcelona, two absolute strongholds of our sport are definitely the epicentres of this Women’s World Cup.
In addition to the two host nations, three other European nations have already qualified for this World Cup thanks to their placements at the 2021 European Championship, above all the Danas as runner-up European champions, but also Belgium and England in third and fourth place.
Of the other qualifying tournaments, only the European one has so far been played in October. Ireland, the runner-up world champion in 2018, prevailed. The Africa Cup of Nations (1 qualifier), the Panamerican Cup (3) and the Asia Cup (4) will all take place in the second half of January 2022. The Oceania Cup (2) will take place in New Zealand in April.
However, two German women already have their tickets for the World Cup tournament in Spain and the Netherlands. Our Olympic referee Michelle Meister is one of the 18 international referees nominated by the FIH for the tournament. And Sonja Schwede, who is also already used at the Olympics, will be there as Tournament Official.
Tickets for the World Cup are not available at the moment, as so far the schedule only states that the Spaniards will play in the preliminary round in Terrassa and the Dutch in Amstelveen. When the detailed schedule is published by the FIH in the spring, we will report on it here immediately.