(Photo: © FIH / Vino John)

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) released the match schedule for the first of the WorldHockey Olympic Qualifiers. The men’s tournament in North Shore City, Auckland, New Zealand (2-10 February 2008) is the first of a total number of six WorldHockey Olympic Qualifiers.

In New Zealand, six men’s teams will compete for one spot for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Besides host New Zealand, Argentina, France, Ireland, Trinidad &Tobago and USA will participate. The WorldHockey Olympic Qualifier will be opened with the match between France and Ireland on Saturday 2 February 2008. The tournament is a six teams’ single round robin event which will be concluded with a final between the best two teams from the preliminary round on Sunday 10 February 2008. The winner of this final will earn a place in the hockey tournament of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The match schedules for the other five WorldHockey Olympic Qualifiers will be released in due time.

Calendar WorldHockey Olympic Qualifiers for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games:

  • 2-10 February 2008: WorldHockey Olympic Qualifier, men (ARG, FRA, IRL, NZL, TRT, USA), North Shore City, Auckland (NZL)
  • 1-9 March 2008: WorldHockey Olympic Qualifier, men (AUT, BAN, CHI, GBR, IND, MEX), Santiago (CHI)
  • 5-13 April 2008: WorldHockey Olympic Qualifier, men (GER, JPN, MAS, POL, SUI, +1 TBC) Kakamigahara, Gifu (JPN)
  • 12-20 April 2008: WorldHockey Olympic Qualifier, women (AZE, BLR, CHI, ESP, KEN, UKR) Baku (AZE).
  • 19-27 April 2008: WorldHockey Olympic Qualifier, women (AHO, BEL, FRA, IND, RUS, USA), Kazan (RUS)
  • 26 April-4 May: WorldHockey Olympic Qualifier, women (CAN, IRL, ITA, KOR, MAS, URU), Victoria B.C. (Canada)

The match schedule for the WorldHockey Olympic Qualifier men in North Shore City, Auckland (NZL):

Date

 

Time

 

Match

 

 

Sat 02 Feb 2008

12h00

 

France

v.

Ireland

 

14h00

 

New Zealand

v.

Trinidad & Tobago

 

16h00

 

Argentina

v.

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun 03 Feb 2008

13h15

 

New Zealand

v.

Ireland

 

15h15

 

USA

v.

France

 

17h15

 

Argentina

v.

Trinidad & Tobago

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon 04 Feb 2008

 

Rest Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tue 05 Feb 2008

14h00

 

Ireland

v.

Trinidad& Tobago

 

16h00

 

France

v.

Argentina

 

18h00

 

USA

v.

New Zealand

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed 06 Feb 2008

14h00

 

Trinidad & Tobago

v.

France

 

16h00

 

New Zealand

v.

Argentina

 

18h00

 

Ireland

v.

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thu 07 Feb 2008

 

Rest Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fri 08 Feb 2008

 

Rest Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat 09 Feb 2008

10h15

 

Trinidad & Tobago

v.

USA

 

12h15

 

Argentina

v.

Ireland

 

14h15

 

France

v.

New Zealand

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun 10 Feb 2008

09h45

 

5th

v.

6th

 

12h15

 

3rd

v.

4th

 

14h45

 

1st

v.

2nd