The Kookaburras and Hockeyroos have qualified to go for gold at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) have jointly announced today the 20 national teams that will participate in the upcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Gmaes hockey tournaments scheduled from 29 July to 8 August at the University of Birmingham, England.
The Hockeyroos and Kookaburras have recently named their 2022 squads and now can start preparations on the other nations they will be taking on for the gold medals.
Australian team Chef de Mission Petria Thomas OAM said it was exciting to have another two teams qualified for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
“We welcome the formal announcement of the qualification of our hockey teams for the Games,” Thomas said.
“Our Hockeyroos and Kookaburras join the Australian women’s T20 cricket team, our Australian men’s and women’s Basketball 3×3 teams and our netball team in having their qualification confirmed and we are also beginning to see athletes setting individual qualification performances for the Games, which is all bringing the countdown to the Games into a sharp focus… there are now less than 150 days to go.”
“Australia has enjoyed a tremendous history in hockey at the Commonwealth Games, with our men’s side winning six consecutive gold medals, while our women’s side have won four of the six gold medals that have been contested at the Games.
“I know the Aussie hockey squads in Birmingham will be giving it their all to add their own chapters to this storied legacy.”
Australia, Canada, England, Ghana, India, Kenya, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Wales
Australia, Canada, England, Ghana, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Wales
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth competition schedule is available here, with the detailed hockey match schedule will be released soon.
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“With such an impressive line-up, we’re looking forward, together with fans around the world, to hockey tournaments which will once again belong to the greatest events to enjoy at the upcoming Commonwealth Games,” FIH CEO Thierry Weil said.
“On behalf of FIH, I’d like to thank the Commonwealth Games Federation for their intense preparations as well as their support. And I wish already all teams every success in Birmingham!”
“We are delighted that 20 outstanding teams have confirmed their spots for the Birmingham 2022 hockey tournament. We have an incredible line up for both the men’s and women’s competition and hockey fans across the Commonwealth are set to see a truly world class competition in Birmingham,” CGF CEO Katie Sadleir said.
“I would like to thank the International Hockey Federation for their ongoing support and we look forward to working closely with them and Birmingham 2022 to stage a tournament that will showcase the very best of Commonwealth sport.”
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Hockey has been part of the Commonwealth Games since 1998.
Australian Men have won all six editions!
In the Women’s tournament, Australia is also leading the all-time records with four Gold medals, followed by India and New Zealand (one each), with the Black Sticks winning the last Commonwealth Games hockey tournament at the Gold Coast 2018 Games.
“It’s great news that we now know all of the hockey teams that will be taking part in Birmingham 2022. We are currently finalising the match schedule for the men’s and women’s tournaments, and we are looking forward to unveiling this information very soon,” Director of Sport for Birmingham 2022 Matt Kidson said.
“The University of Birmingham will be an excellent venue for hockey and a new pitch has just been installed at our training venue at Wyndley Leisure Centre, so we will have world-class facilities available for all of the teams.”
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place from 28 July to 8 August 2022.
To be in the stands in Birmingham supporting the Australian Team, for the first time Australian families and fans will be able to access group tickets for all events at the Commonwealth Games.
The Family & Fans Tour ensures Australian families and fans can sit and cheer together, stay together and play together at the Birmingham Games.
Tour packages are available; however, numbers are limited.
Bookings are now open, learn more about the Family & Fans Tour below.