The Pools for the men’s and women’s World Cup Qualifiers have been announced, with particpating teams to get a final chance to snatch one of the five remaining places at each of this year’s showpiece events.
Seven of the 12 qualifiers for the year's marquee events have already benn decided, with the tournaments in Changzhou, China, and Rome, Italy, to fill in the remaining pieces of the World Cup puzzle.
Both tournaments will feature 12 teams, with the top five teams from each event earning the right to participate in their respective World Cups later this year.
BDO Hockey World Cup Qualifier
Courtesy of their number five world ranking, Pakistan are the top seeds for the men’s World Cup Qualifier and have been drawn to play against England, Belgium, Egypt, Canada and Ireland in Pool A.
The top five teams in
Pool B contains a strong line-up of teams including
The pool appears to be one that could produce more than its share of surprises, with emerging nations
The home team could also catch their opponents unaware in what will be the first men’s major international event to be held
Samsung Hockey World Cup Qualifier
As with the men’s qualifier, the top five teams will earn a spot at the women's Samsung Hockey World Cup to be played in
China have been drawn with Japan, England, Ukraine, Scotland and France in Pool A. Based on world rankings, Japan and England appear to be the likely challengers to the world number five.
In Pool B, top seeds
Despite being the 11th seeded team in the 12-nation tournament, home team
The match schedule for both tournaments will be released before the end of January.
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