England’s men’s team now know the task ahead of them in this summer’s Hockey World League semi-final in London, and Argentina, Korea, Malaysia & China stand in our way as Bobby Crutchley’s side bid for World Cup qualification.
Our men’s team are in fine spirits after a very successful tour of South Africa last month, and are building momentum ahead of some huge hockey this summer. All of these games are at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre and tickets are on sale now.
There are some huge matches in store, including a potential quarter final against Scotland with World Cup qualification in store for the winner!
What we need to do
In order to guarantee qualification for the World Cup, we need to finish fifth or above in the tournament.
England vs China, 8pm, Thu 15 June
Our opening match sees us take on China, who we faced in 2015’s Hockey World League and earned a resounding 8-1 victory, so if we can overcome their challenge repeat that type of scoreline then we could start the tournament with great momentum.
England vs Malaysia, 4pm, Sat 17 June
Malaysia will pose a tough challenge, having won their own World League 2 tournament last month. They were third in the 2016 Asian Champions Trophy and this promises to be an exciting fixture in front of a big weekend crowd. Tickets are selling well for Showdown Saturday; the session also features Scotland against Holland so it’ll be a great day’s hockey.
England vs Argentina, 4pm, Sun 18 June
Undoubtedly the toughest test on paper comes against Rio gold medalists Argentina on Super Sunday. The day also features the great rivalry of India vs Pakistan so there is bound to be a cracking atmosphere on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
England vs Korea, 8pm, Tue 20 June
The final group game sees us take on Korea, who qualified for the tournament based on their world ranking and therefore pose a significant challenge. They were disappointed to miss out on Olympic qualification for Rio, and will be keen to bounce back
Quarter finals: Thursday 22 June
Having made it through the pool, a quarter final on 22 June would arguably be one of the biggest games of the tournament, as a victory in this match would guarantee qualification for the 2018 Hockey World Cup. Scotland are among our potential opponents from Pool B – so a huge match could be in store if it turns out to be England vs Scotland.
Semi finals: Sat 24 June
Final: Sun 25 June
The top teams from each pool will then do battle as the tournament comes to a close, culminating in the showpiece finals day on Sunday 25 June. With medals up for grabs, the teams will be going all out to secure glory.
For England games, midweek tickets start at £7.50 for U18s and £22 for adults. For weekend sessions, tickets begin at £10 for U18s and £30 adults, and all sessions include a minimum of two matches.