|Continental competitions are abundant in '99|
This pre-Olympic year has seen hectic activity on the Continental level, with most Continental Cups or Games being held, including those in the Federations of Africa, Europe, Pan Am and Oceania.
The 13th Pan American Games were held in July in Winnipeg, Canada, with the Candian men downing Argentina, 1-0, in the final to take the continental title and automatically qualify for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. In the women's competition, Argentina defeated the USA, 5-2, in the final and also claimed their automatic ticket to the Olympic hockey tournament.
August saw the 5th European Nations Cup for Women played in Cologne, Germany, where the Netherlands' women defeated hosts Germany, 2-1. In the 8th European Nations Cup for Men held in September in Padova, Italy, it was also the Netherlands and Germany in the final, but with a different outcome. After playing to a 3-3 draw in regulation time, the Germans emerged victorious in the penalty stroke competition by a score of 5-4, which required seven players from each side stepping up to the spot. Both the Dutch ladies and German men automatically qualify for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the 2002 World Cups. Meanwhile, although likely disappointed with the loss, the Netherlands' men are automatically qualified for both the World Cup and Olympic Games as reigning champions of both.
In September it was the 7th All Africa Games held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The hosts were most happy at the conclusion as both the men and women from South Africa captured the titles. The men did so by finishing on top of the six-team, one-pool competition, while the ladies faced a final playoff match after a four-team one-pool competition. South Africa defeated Zimbabwe in the final, 8-0. Both teams are automatically qualified for the Sydney Olympic Games.
Finally, the 2nd Oceania Cup for Women also took place in September, with the matches played in both Dunedin, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia. Australia won the first two of the three-match series to secure the title. The teams decided to play the third match as well, which the Austalians won for good measure. While the Oceania Cup title automatically qualifies Australia for the Sydney Olympics, the Hockeyroos were already qualified both as hosts and defending Olympic Champions.