London to host women’s hockey World League semi-final

LONDON, February 26 – London has been selected to host a women’s hockey World League semi-final in June.

Alongside England, Olympic silver medallists Argentina, Australia and China all gain automatic qualification to the round, given their top eight ranking.

The remaining four women’s teams will be decided following the completion of the World League Round 2 in Brazil in March.

The tournament will be held at the University of Westminster’s Quintin Hogg Memorial Sports Ground in Chiswick, London from June 22-30, 2013. The same venue has hosted the London Cup for the past two years. 

England captain, three-times Olympian Kate Walsh said: “Having the World League in London will be fantastic for players and spectators alike.

“The support during the Olympics was incredible and we are delighted to have gained a lot of new fans who will be able to come and watch us in action again. Home support can make all the difference to our performances and we can’t wait to recreate the Riverbank atmosphere all over again.

“Hosting this tournament really shows the legacy of London 2012 starting to take shape for our sport.”

Continuing their support of the England women’s team, Investec will be the headline sponsor for the week-long tournament. But hosting this event means that the next London Cup will take place in 2014.

England Hockey chief executive, Sally Munday said: “Following the success of hockey at the Olympic Games last summer we have seen unprecedented interest from people wanting to play and watch our sport.

“The Investec World League semi final provides the perfect opportunity for the British public to see many of our Olympians on home turf again after our women’s team captured the love of the nation last summer.

“As the only British team to win a medal at the London Games we are looking to continue the increase in publicity for women’s sport and our aspiration to inspire a generation.”

International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Leandro Negre said: “I am delighted that the Investec World League semi final tournament will be played in England. This is a great start to the London 2012 hockey legacy for the country. I would especially like to thank England Hockey for stepping in at short notice to host such an important FIH event.”

Germany had originally been scheduled to hold the tournament, but withdrew because of financial problems.

Tickets for the Investec World League Semi Final will go on sale on Monday March 4 at 9am.