The Canadian men’s field hockey teams are ready to get past Ireland to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The Canadian men, ranked 10th in the world, will host the 13th-ranked Irish in West Vancouver in a two-match series Oct. 26 and 27.
The winners qualify for the 12-country field at next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo.
The Olympic qualifying draw was made Monday at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The men advanced by winning the FIH Series Finals in May with a 3-2 victory over host Malaysia.
The Canadian men, in their seventh Olympic appearance, finished 11th in 2016 at the Rio Games.
Other men’s fall Olympic qualifying series see Spain vs. France in Valencia, the Netherlands vs. Pakistan in Amsterdam, India vs. Russia in Bhubaneswar, New Zealand vs. South Korea in Stratford, Germany vs. Austria in Moenchengladbach and Britain vs. Malaysia in London.
Host Japan, top-ranked Australia, No. 2 Belgium, No. 4 Argentina and No. 14 South Africa have already qualified for the Olympic men’s field.