(Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Following the completion of the Men’s Pan American Cup 2013 in Brampton, Canada, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) can reveal that Korea are the latest team to be confirmed as qualifiers for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014.  The hugely anticipated joint men’s and women’s event takes place at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague, Netherlands from 31st May to 15th June next year.  

Korea – who just missed out on direct World Cup qualification by finishing fourth at the recent Hockey World League Semi-Final in Johor Bahru, Malaysia – were promoted from first reserves to guaranteed participants courtesy of Argentina’s success in the Pan American continental championship on Saturday.

Like all of the continental championships, the big prize on offer at the Men’s Pan American Cup was direct qualification for next year’s Hockey World Cup. However, with Argentina having already achieved World Cup qualification thanks to a second place finish at last month’s Hockey World League Semi-Final in Johor Bahru, a World Cup ticket was immediately handed to first reserves Korea. 

Korea become the eighth men’s team to qualify for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup, with four more places up for grabs at the upcoming continental championships in Europe, Asia, Oceania and Africa. Seven women’s teams have also been confirmed for the event, with the five remaining places currently available through the continental championships.

More information about the World Cup qualifiers and qualifying process can be found below.

The FIH has put together two simple graphics showing the qualification process for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup. To see them, please click on the below links.

Rabobank Hockey World Cup Qualification Process – Men. (Updated 18 August 2013).

Rabobank Hockey World Cup Qualification Process - Women. 

Further information about the World Cup qualifiers and qualifying process can also be found below.


Rabobank Hockey World Cup – Men’s Qualifiers
 

Netherlands: Hosts.
Germany: 1st place – Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johor Bahru (MAS)
Argentina: Pan American champions
England: 3rd place – Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johor Bahru (MAS)
Belgium: 1st place – Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED)
Australia: 2nd place – Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED)
New Zealand: 4th place – Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED) *
Korea: 4th place – Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johor Bahru (MAS).**

* Netherlands finished third in the Hockey World League Semi-Final event in Rotterdam.  As they are already pre-qualified as the host, this means that the highest ranked fourth place finisher from both Semi-Final events earns direct qualification to the Rabobank Hockey World Cup. This place goes to New Zealand, who were fourth in Rotterdam and currently sit fifth in the FIH World Rankings. 
** Korea qualified for World Cup as first reserve courtesy of Argentina’s victory in the Pan American Cup.


World Cup Qualification - The Next Stage

The remaining places at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup for men will be filled by the winners of the final four continental championships. However, if any of the above listed teams also becomes continental champion it will open the door to the teams that finished outside the top three at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals that have not yet qualified for the World Cup. These teams can be found below, in order of their placing in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals.    

Spain: 5th in Rotterdam / 2nd reserve for World Cup *
Malaysia: 5th in Johor Bahru / 3rd reserve for World Cup *
India: 6th in Rotterdam / 4th reserve for World Cup

* Spain named second reserve ahead of Malaysia courtesy of a superior placing in the FIH World Rankings.


Rabobank Hockey World Cup – Women’s Qualifiers.

Netherlands: Hosts
Australia: 1st place – Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final,  London (ENG)
England: 2nd place – Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final,  London (ENG)
Argentina: 3rd place – Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final,  London (ENG)
Germany: 1st place -  Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED)
Korea: 3rd place -  Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED)
New Zealand: 4th place -  Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED) *

* Netherlands finished second in the Hockey World League Semi-Final event in Rotterdam.  As they are already pre-qualified as the host, this means that the highest ranked fourth place finisher from both Semi-Final events earns direct qualification to the Rabobank Hockey World Cup. This place goes to New Zealand, who were fourth in Rotterdam and currently sit third in the FIH World Rankings. 


World Cup Qualification - The Next Stage
The remaining places at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup for women will be filled by the winners of the five continental championships. However, if any of the above listed teams also becomes continental champion, this opens the door to the teams that finished outside the top three (minus New Zealand) at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals. These teams can be found below, in order of their placing in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals.   

China: 4th in London / 1st reserve for World Cup
Japan: 5th in Rotterdam / 2nd reserve for World Cup *
USA: 5th in London / 3rd reserve for World Cup *
Belgium: 6th in Rotterdam / 4th reserve for World Cup

* Japan named second reserve ahead of USA courtesy of a superior placing in the FIH World Rankings.