Lausanne, Switzerland: The FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup Spain & Netherlands 2022 will get underway from July 1 with a total of 16 teams participating in the competition.
Four teams competing in Pool A bring with them a range of styles and experiences that will provide some fascinating match-ups.
Pool A gets underway on Saturday 2 July in the Wagener Stadium in Amstelveen.
Chile (World Ranking 17), Germany (WR:6), Ireland (WR: 12) and Netherlands (WR:1) will be getting their World Cup campaigns underway on 2 July in the Wagener Hockey Stadium in Amstelveen.
Germany will face Chile at 16:30 (local time), while Netherlands and Ireland will have a re-match of the 2018 World Cup final when they meet at 19:30 (local time).
Chile’s first ever appearance at the World Cup comes courtesy of a second place finish at the Pan American Cup.
The team, known as Las Diablas, beat USA in the semi-final of the Pan American Cup in Santiago on shoot-out and the celebrations of the home crowd and the delight of the players demonstrated just what this achievement means.
For players such as Claudia Schuler, the goalkeeper who starred in that shoot-out, Camila Caram and Manuela Urroz, this has been a long time coming.
All three have more than 200 caps apiece and bring a wealth of experience with them.
Add into the mix the fire-power of Denise Losada-Krimerman and the energy of newer squad members such as Francisca Parra and Fernanda Arrieta and you know that the South American side could be a disruptive force at this event.
Coach Sergio Vigil has a great coaching pedigree as he steered Argentina to gold in the 2002 Women’s World Cup in Perth, Australia.