Ireland will host the World League 2 competition for Women between 14th – 22nd March 2015 at the National Hockey Stadium, in UCD. The league which serves as part of the Olympic Qualification process for Rio 2016 pits Ireland (15th) in Pool A against Canada (22nd) , Ukraine (24th) and Turkey (39th). Pool B is comprised of Belarus (19th) , Chile (20th), Austria (26th) and Lithuania (34th).
The tournament will take place over 9 days (6 match days) with both a pool and knock out stage.
Pool A: Pool B:
|Saturday 14th March||1||10.15||Belarus v Austria|
|2||12.30||Chile v Lithuania|
|3||14.45||Ireland v Ukraine|
|4||17.00||Canada v Turkey|
|Sunday 15th March||5||14.45||Austria v Lithuania|
|6||13.00||Chile v Belarus|
|7||15.15||Canada v Ireland|
|8||17.30||Ukraine v Turkey|
|Monday 16th March||Rest Day|
|Tuesday 17th March||9||10.15||Belarus v Lithuania|
|10||12.30||Austria v Chile|
|11||14.45||Ireland v Turkey|
|12||17.00||Ukraine v Canada|
|Wednesday 18th March||Rest Day|
|Thursday 19th March||13||10.30||QF1|
|Friday 20th March||Rest Day|
|Saturday 21st March||17||9.30||5/8|
|19||14.30||Semi Final 1|
|20||17.00||Semi Final 2|
|Sunday 22nd March||21||9.30||Loser M17 v Loser M18|
|22||12.00||Winner M17 v Winner M18|
|23||14.30||Loser M19 v Loser M20|
|24||17.00||Winner M19 v Winner M20|
World League Format & OLYMPIC Qualification
World League 2: There will be 3 ‘World League 2’ tournaments of 8 teams. The format will be 2 pools of 4 with classification matches.
Men: The top 3 from each of the 3 tournaments will qualify for World League 3 those 9 teams will join 1-11 world ranked team to make up the 20 teams of World League 3,
Women: The top 2 from each of the 3 tournaments will qualify for World League 3 and will be joined by highest ranked team who placed 3rd from the 3 tournaments. These 7 teams will join 1-11 world ranked teams plus hosts Spain and Belgium to make up the 20 teams of World League 3.
World League 3: These are the semi-finals which will be global. There will be 2 ‘World League 3’ tournaments of 10 teams. The format will be 2 pools of 5 with classification matches.
Men & Women: Semi-finalist from each of the World League 3 tournaments will compete in World League 4 to make up the 8 teams of World League 4.
World League 4: The finals. One tournament of 8 teams. The format will be 2 pools of 4 with classification matches
Olympic Qualification Through World League
· The Host (subject to IOC agreement for Olympic Games)
· The 5 Continental Champions
· 6 / 7 from the Hockey World League (depending on Host also being Continental Champion)