Olympic Hockey Schedule Announced

The London Olympic Organizing Committee, together with the International Hockey Federation, unveiled the London 2012 Olympic Hockey competition schedule, revealing when the teams will play each other in the preliminary rounds of the tournaments on the Olympic Park.

Please click here to view a PDF of the Men's Olympic schedule.

Ashley Jackson celebrates scoring a goal for Great Britain

Please click here to view a PDF of the Women's Olympic schedule.

Alex Danson in action for Great Britain against Argentina at the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament

The first match will see Australia’s women take on neighbour New Zealand, while host Great Britain women’s first match will be against Japan. The current Olympic Champions Netherlands’ first game is against Belgium, who are making their first appearance at an Olympic Games. 

In the men’s competition, the current Olympic Champion Germany start its tournament with a match against Belgium, while Great Britain’s first match will be against Argentina. Saturday 5 August will see the top two ranked teams in each pool go head-to-head, with Germany playing the Netherlands and Great Britain playing Australia.

The first game at the Riverbank Arena takes place on Sunday 29 July, with the first semi-finals taking place on Wednesday 8 August for the women and Thursday 9 August for the men.  The women’s final is on Friday 10 August and the men’s on Saturday 11 August.

Olympic Test Event - the pink and blue pitch with 12,000 fans

London 2012 Director of Sport, Debbie Jevans said:
“The Riverbank Arena is set to stage exciting world-class sport during the Olympic Games. The Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament helped us test the venue and we will continue to work with the International Hockey Federation to fine-tune our plans before the first Olympic match takes place on the distinctive blue and pink pitches.”

Leandro Negre, President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) said:
“As the London Games approach, the excitement in the hockey world continues to build.  Now that we know the official schedule of the men’s and women’s tournaments, the dream of one of the most highly anticipated Olympic Games is quickly becoming a reality. We look forward to working with LOCOG in the next few months to make sure that everything is ready to welcome the world’s top hockey players to an unforgettable Games.”

Based on world rankings, the 12 teams in both tournaments are divided into two pools of six, and each team plays every other in their pool. The top two teams in each pool qualify for the semi-finals, with the winners then going head-to-head for the Gold medal. The other teams in the two groups play each other to determine final placings.

Women: Pool A
Netherlands (FIH world ranking – 1)
Great Britain (FIH world ranking – 4)
China (FIH world ranking – 5)
Korea (FIH world ranking – 8)
Japan (FIH world ranking – 9)
Belgium (FIH world ranking – 16)

Women: Pool B
Argentina (FIH world ranking – 2)
Germany (FIH world ranking – 3)
New Zealand (FIH world ranking – 6)
Australia (FIH world ranking – 7)
United States of America (FIH world ranking – 10)
South Africa (FIH world ranking – 12)

Men: Pool A
Australia (FIH world ranking – 1)
Great Britain (FIH world ranking – 4)
Spain (FIH world ranking – 5)
Pakistan (FIH world ranking – 8)
Argentina (FIH world ranking – 9)
South Africa (FIH world ranking – 12)

Men: Pool B
Germany (FIH world ranking – 2)
Netherlands (FIH world ranking – 3)
Korea (FIH world ranking – 6)
New Zealand (FIH world ranking – 7)
India (FIH world ranking – 10)
Belgium (FIH world ranking – 11)


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