Great Britain, China and Germany all qualified to the Olympics from their performance at the first semi-final event for the 2014-15 Women’s Field Hockey World League. The event doubled as an Olympic qualifier for teams which have not qualified from their continental championships. The top 3, with a possible fourth depending on the results from the second semi-final qualifies to the Olympics. The first semi-final event was a 10 team tournament held in Valencia, Spain from June 10th to June 21st 2015.
The group stage was filled with many upsets, the biggest one was 14th ranked Ireland topping group B with 2-0 and 4-1 upsets over United States and South Africa respectively. Spain also had a surprising performance in the group stage as they defeated China 1-0 and tied Argentina 2-2 with a final minute goal by Carlota Petchame.
The quarterfinals however returned things to the expected as Great Britain, Germany, Argentina and China predictably defeated South Africa, Spain, United States and Ireland. The upsets did continue in the semifinals when both Great Britain and China won over Germany and Argentina via one goal games. The final was won by Great Britain where they scored two goals via penalty corners. The bronze medal game was decided from penalty shoot-outs where three misses from Argentina gave Germany the win and the final Olympic spot.
All is not over for Argentina and other nations as continental championships take priority over the World League results. Therefore if any nation in the two semi-final events wins their continental championship their spot from the World League will be reallocated to the next best ranked nation. With that in mind nations placed in fourth or fifth could still have a chance at qualifying through this process. Technically the sixth place nation will also have a chance, but they will require several results to go their way.
- Great Britain
- United States
- South Africa
- FIH. 2014-15 World League Semi-final (Spain) Results. Access on June 22 2015.