As the clock ticks down to the highly anticipated Women’s Hockey Olympic Qualifier tournament in Valencia, Spain, the Canadian field hockey community is buzzing with excitement. Scheduled for January 13-20, 2024, this crucial event will feature eight top-ranked teams vying for the coveted opportunity to secure a spot at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Canada earned its place in the tournament by finishing in the top four at the Pan American Championships in Santiago, setting the stage for an intense showdown in Spain. Placed in a pool alongside Great Britain, Spain, and Malaysia, the Canadian team faces a great test on their journey to Olympic qualification.
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.
The stakes are high, with only the top three teams from the tournament earning a ticket to Paris. The format dictates that the top two teams from each pool will advance to the semifinals, keeping their dreams alive, while the bottom two will battle for placement and bid farewell to Olympic contention. For Canada, this tournament represents the final qualification opportunity, and the team is eager to break a 30-year Olympic drought. Having last qualified for the Games over three decades ago, the Canadian women’s national team is looking forward to the challenge to make history in Valencia.
This blend of seasoned players and emerging talents has been steadily building towards this moment, exemplified by their recent appearance at the 2022 World Cup after 28 years and a program-best performance at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Simultaneously, another qualification tournament will take place in India, with the top three teams securing their places in the 12-team Olympic tournament. Joining hosts France, Australia, South Africa, Netherlands, Argentina, and China, the victors from both qualifiers will complete the elite field competing in Paris.
As the Canadian women’s field hockey team continues its journey of growth and camaraderie, eyes across the nation will be glued to the action in Spain, eagerly anticipating each moment that could propel them back onto the Olympic stage after a long and determined pursuit.
Canada’s Women’s National Team competes 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.
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