In the heart of Muscat, Oman, the stage is set for the Men’s Hockey Olympic Qualifier tournament, that kicks off on January 15, 2024. The 17th world-ranked Canadian Red Caribou aim to secure a spot at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Eight top ranked teams, including Canada, will vie for the top three positions that guarantee a ticket to the Olympic stage in Paris. Canada earned their spot in the FIH Olympic Qualifier tournament by defeating USA and winning the bronze medal at the Pan American Championships in Santiago just over a month ago.
All tournament matches will be available on FIH Watch.Hockey. The FIH is currently offering the FIH+ Pass, which gives you access to all Junior World Cup matches for the men’s and women’s tournament as well as all men’s and women’s Olympic Qualifiers. By purchasing this package, you’ll have access to all of Team Canada’s matches for the next four events. Learn more and purchase here.
Six teams have already automatically qualified for the Olympic Games, by way of winning their respective continental qualifiers — Argentina (Pan Am), India (Asia), South Africa (Africa), Australia (Oceania), Netherlands (Europe), France (Host Nation). Simultaneous to this event, there is an identical qualifier event in Valencia, Spain with eight other teams vying for three spots. Canada has been put in a group alongside Chile(22), Germany(5), and New Zealand(11). The top two teams from each pool will advance to the semifinals, keeping their Olympic dreams alive, while the bottom two will be eliminated, and play for consolation placement in subsequent matches. This tournament marks Canada’s final opportunity to secure an Olympic bid. The stakes are high, and the pressure is on as only the top three from each event will join the six already qualified teams.
Canada’s men’s national team is no stranger to the Olympic stage, having qualified for the previous two Games (Tokyo 2020 and Rio 2016). Fresh off a bronze triumph at the Pan American Games, where they bested the USA in an exciting bronze medal match, the team is riding a wave of momentum and critical experience. The squad, a blend of experience and youth, has been preparing for this moment for over a year. The Pan American Games served as a crucial learning curve for several athletes, marking their initiation into major competitions.
The Canadian field hockey community will have lots to cheer for in the middle of January, as both the men’s and women’s national team play in respective qualifiers. The men’s national team will centralize for carding camp November 20-25 and continue centralized training up until the tournament in Oman. Roster announcements and other information will be available in the middle of December.
Team Canada plays at the 2023 Pan American Games. Photos/Yan Huckendubler
Field Hockey Canada would like to invite you to our first annual, holiday hooray! This event will be a celebration that will gather our local community during the holiday season for a night of socialization and fun, while simultaneously fundraising to support our Senior Teams, as they head off to the Olympic Qualifiers in January 2024.
Our National Team Athletes, will be present to engage with you throughout the evening!
If you aren’t able to attend the event, please consider buying a “Supporters Ticket” to show your support for the team! Where all proceeds from your ticket will go towards the teams directly.
Field Hockey Canada encourages local, provincial and national sponsors to get involved with our ‘Join our Journey’ sponsorship campaign. The initiative is inclusive of the entire Canadian field hockey community and gives organizations and companies the opportunity to join Field Hockey Canada on the journey to international success at all levels.
With your support as part of our team, we can achieve even more and in doing so amplify your voice and business too through our local, national and international communities.
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