Rio 2016 Olympic Games Hockey Schedule Announced

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To mark 100 days until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games begin, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed the official match schedules for the men’s and women’s hockey events. Great Britain men and women's teams both face fierce rivals Australia in their Pools.

The women will start their campaign taking on Australia, followed by India, world number two Argentina, Japan and then USA.

Great Britain men take on Belgium as their opening fixture followed by New Zealand, Brazil, world number ones Australia and finally Spain.

Running from 6-19 August at Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio De Janiero, Brazil, the events will feature 12 men’s and 12 women’s international hockey teams who qualified through the Hockey World League and Continental Championships.

Two pitches will host both events and, for the first time in an Olympic hockey competition, Quarter-Finals will be played. With no classification games taking place, only the top four teams from each pool will qualify for the knock-out stages.

The winners of the Quarter-Finals will qualify for the Semi-Finals which will determine who will play in the gold and bronze medal matches. The men’s medal matches are scheduled for Thursday 18 August and the women’s the following day, on Friday 19 August.

The hockey schedules were agreed by FIH, Rio 2016, Olympic Broadcast Services (OBS) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The FIH Competitions Committee also played a crucial role in the development of the schedule along with representatives from all continents and the FIH Athletes’ Committee.

Speaking about the schedules, Michael Green, Chair of the FIH Athletes’ Committee, said: “The Olympic schedule is a complex jigsaw reflecting the desire to keep an equitable spread of times and pitch allocation for all teams across both genders alongside the specific needs of the global broadcasters. We believe this schedule will provide players, viewers and fans alike with an exciting Olympic hockey event to showcase and promote our sport across the world.”

*Please note the times below are Brazilian time who are 4 hours behind the UK

Women’s Schedule

Pool A

Pool B

Netherlands

Argentina

New Zealand

Australia

China

Great Britain

Germany

USA

Korea

Japan

Spain

India

 

Date

Time

Matches

Saturday
6th August

20:30

Great Britain

v

Australia

Monday
8th August

18:00

India

v

Great Britain

Wednesday
10th August

13:30

Great Britain

v

Argentina

Thursday
11th August

20:30

Japan

v

Great Britain

Saturday
13th August

18:00

Great Britain

v

USA

 

Quarter Finals – Monday 15th August

Semi-Finals – Wednesday 17th August

Final & Bronze Medal match – Friday 19th August

You can find the full schedule for the women’s competition here.

 

Men’s Schedule

Pool A

Pool B

Australia

Netherlands

Great Britain

Germany

Belgium

Argentina

New Zealand

India

Spain

Ireland

Brazil

Canada

 

Date

Time

Matches

Saturday 6th August

12:30

Belgium

v

Great Britain

Sunday 7th August

17:00

Great Britain

v

New Zealand

Tuesday 9th August

18:00

Brazil

v

Great Britain

Wednesday 10th August

20:30

Great Britain

v

Australia

Friday 12th August

17:00

Great Britain

v

Spain

 

Quarter Finals - Sunday 14th August 

Semi-Finals - Tuesday 16th August 

Final & Bronze Medal match - Thursday 18th August 

You can find the full schedule for the men’s competition here.


You can catch Great Britain before they head off to Rio in London in June. They face Australia  in the Hockey Champions Trophy. Don't miss out and get your tickets now! 

 
Competition Format
The hockey competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games comprises women's and men's events, with the same format and rules for both. In the preliminary round 12 teams are divided into two pools of six teams.
Each team plays every other team in its pool. The two pools were determined by the FIH protocol on pool composition based on the FIH World Ranking as at 1 January 2016 as follows: Pool A: Seed 1; 4; 5; 8; 9; 12 Pool B: Seed 2; 3; 6; 7; 10; 11 The top four teams in each pool proceed to the Quarter-Finals, with the remaining four teams eliminated at this stage.
The winners of the Quarter-Finals progress to the Semi-Finals, the winners of which meet in the gold medal match. The losers of the Semi-Finals will play for the bronze medal.