The Olympic qualifications for Paris 2024 should be played at home and away. Seven playoff games over two innings were played for Tokyo Hockey places, with the highest-ranked teams having an advantage at home.
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But the FIH wants to make it more even for the next Olympics, by giving the lower-ranked teams some advantage. Inside the games reported that ties would also take place in March, rather than October-November, giving time for nations to sell tickets. Weil, a former marketing director at FIFA, praised the quality of the Tokyo 2020 qualifiers, which were well received by fans, players and those on social media.
“I have to admit that when I got there I was pretty skeptical, mainly because we only had six weeks from the day we know who will play for the qualifications, to organize them, which is an extremely short period “, he added.
For countries that may never have organized such a thing – like Canada, for example – it was short enough to put it in place and put it in place. Also, from a business perspective, to make a business impact or sell it within six weeks – you can just forget about it.
The home and away format means that some nations may not see commercial value in the pop-up locations that were for women’s matches in Ireland. It is obvious that Big Stadium Hockey has a place in the sport and it will, therefore, be interesting to see if the nations will always look for options to bring other matches to the site around the qualifications.
Two-legged, one-off matches for the 2020 Olympics have proven popular. There were notable crowds in Vancouver for the Canada-Ireland men’s qualifier, while Hockey Ireland used the playing field for their women’s games against Canada.