Ireland will host the women’s 2022 EuroHockey Championship qualifier event next summer between August 21st and 27th.
The Men’s tournament will take place at the same time with Ireland heading to Calais in France.
These tournaments are new on the international calendar with the winners of each event qualifying for the top tier of European action in 2023 in Monchengladbach. That tournament, in turn, will potentially offer a high quota of Olympic qualifying berths.
They will be one of four men’s and four women’s tournaments to finalise the level at which countries will play the following year.
Aside from the winners earning their ticket to the top table, the second and third-placed finishers in each tournament will play in the 2023 EuroHockey Trophy; the fourth and fifth sides going to the third tier with the remaining teams going into the fourth tier.
No decision has been made yet on where the games will be played.
UCD’s Belfield pitch and that at the Sport Ireland Campus are both at the required standard to host international tournaments. The last major tournament to be held here took place in Banbridge in 2019.
Energia Park in Donnybrook is another option with a rolled out pitch as was the case for the Olympic Qualifiers that were played in November 2019 before two sell out crowds that were larger than could be accommodated in the regular hockey arenas.
The 12th ranked Irish women will be the top seed for their event taking on Poland (27th), the Czech Republic (24th), Turkey (33rd) and Finland (unranked).
The 14th ranked men will face France – 13th in the world – as well as Ukraine (28th), Turkey (44th), Lithuania (62nd) and Slovenia (71st).
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