Great Britain’s women’s and men’s teams have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after winning their FIH Olympic 2020 Qualifiers in London. Olympic followers from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympics Hockey followers can book Olympic Hockey Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.
Here are the details as we have them for the games in Tokyo Olympic.
When do the games take place?
The men’s event takes place from Sat 25 July to Thu 6 August 2020. The women’s tournament runs one day longer, until Fri 7 August.
When is the scheduled announced?
The full schedule will be published in December.
Who are qualified for the games?
Women’s tournament: Japan, Argentina, South Africa, Netherlands, and New Zealand all qualified after winning their continental championships (Japan also qualified as hosts). Then Great Britain, Australia, China, Germany, India, Spain, and Ireland secured their spots via the two-legged qualifiers. All of the top ten sides in the world will be in Japan.
Men’s tournament: Japan, Argentina, South Africa, Belgium, and Australia all qualified after winning their continental championships (Japan also qualified as hosts). Canada, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Germany, and Great Britain all secured their spots through the qualifiers. As with the women’s, the top ten-ranked men’s sides in the world have all qualified.
How is the tournament structured?
There will be two pools, each with six teams. The top four teams in each pool progress to the quarter-finals and there are then semifinals, plus a final and bronze medal match. Men’s teams are set to play five pool matches in seven days, while women’s teams play five in eight days. The hockey tournament is one of the longest across all Olympic games.
How will the teams in each pool be decided, is there a draw?
The pools will be unwavering on world ranking – there is not a draw.
How many players are in each squad?
Olympic teams only contain 16 players (plus two non-playing reserves) as opposed to the 18 we normally choose from in other tournaments.
Where will games take place?
All matches will be at Oi Hockey Stadium, which has been described as the most sustainable in Olympic history. There are two pitches which hold up to 10,000 and 5,000 fans correspondingly. The turf was designed to support Tokyo’s carbon-neutral targets as well as the International Hockey Federation’s commitments to sustainable hockey.
How has GB performed at the previous Olympics?
The women will take to the pitch in Tokyo as reigning Olympic champions, having famously beaten The Netherlands via a shootout to take a dramatic gold in Rio 2016. That followed a bronze medal on home turf in London 2012. Women’s hockey wasn’t included the last time the Olympics visited Tokyo Olympic back in 1964, while their only other medal was a bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Sports.
GB’s men will be hoping to finish significantly higher than their ninth-place finish from Rio 2016 and have experienced Olympic success in East Asia, having secured a famous gold at Seoul ’88. They will also be hoping to commemorate the centenary of their first Olympic title (England won the inaugural event in 1908) as they took the title during the 1920 Antwerp Games. They have also claimed silver in London in 1948 and bronzes in 1952 (Helsinki) and 1984 (LA).
Which games will GB play before the Olympics?
The FIH Pro League returns in 2020, with away sports starting in Australia in February. In May and June, we have four big weekends of Pro League hockey in London, with some big sides coming to these shores, including defending men’s Olympic champions Argentina and powerhouses India. Seven of the eight teams coming to London next year will also be in Tokyo Olympic.