Champions Trophy '99: Qualification system, possibilties for 2000

6/5/99 -- Brussels, Belgium

Each year, the men's Champions Trophy brings together the world's six best men's hockey teams. And the women's Champions Trophy, previously a bi-annual tournament, becomes an annual event starting from 1999.

Here is how the teams qualify, and a quick look at the possible scenarios for the field during the 2000 men's and women's Champions Trophies (Amstelveen, Netherlands), depending on what happens in Brisbane during the 1999 men's and women's Champions Trophies.

Automatic qualifiers: Olympic Champion, World Champion, Champions Trophy holder and
Host country.

The additional teams needed to make up the field of six are based on the ranking of the previous World Cup or Olympic Games, whichever is more recent.

The qualification system changes slightly for consecutive Champions Trophies with no World Cup or Olympic Games intervening. The team that placed sixth in the previous Champions Trophy is dropped from the competition, unless it is the host of the next Champions Trophy, and is replaced by the next highest ranked World Cup or Olympic team. The dropped team then becomes the first reserve team.

So: If the Netherlands finishes sixth in the men's Champions Trophy in Brisbane, the field for the 2000 men's Champions Trophy will be exactly the same as the 1999 event, since the Netherlands is the host country for 2000. But if the Dutch men finish in any spot except sixth, the sixth place team will drop out and be replaced by Germany.

If the Netherlands finishes sixth in the women's Champions Trophy in Brisbane, the field for the 2000 women's Champions Trophy will be exactly the same as the 1999 event, since the Netherlands is the host country for 2000. But if the Dutch women finish in any spot except sixth, the sixth place team will drop out and be replaced by South Africa.

For additional information:
Mary Coyle, FIH Communications Manager
+32 2 219 4537 (phone)
+32 2 219 2761 (fax)
[email protected] (e-mail)

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Last modified: 6/5/99