Thursday, July 25, 2024

Women’s Hockey World Cup: My dark horses, key matches and predictions

Having been a part of the FIH commentary team from the 2014 World Cup hosted in The Hague, I can certainly say that the Dutch sure know how to put on a show.

Fast forward eight years and the FIH Women’s World Cup will be split between two countries, Spain and the Netherlands and I am very curious how it will pan out logistically and hope that there are no negative effects on players’ well-being. FIFA World Cups are no stranger to being shared between countries.  

Typical questions arise in the weeks building up to a World Cup; Who will win? Who will be the surprise team of the tournament? Will there be major upsets? It’s not a tournament without an upset. 

  1. Favourites 

Mentioning gold medals one would automatically think of the Netherlands. The No 1 team in the world will be favourites going into this World Cup but they have not had an easy few months with a change of coach and rumours of unrest within the camp.

Continue reading...

Unlock our premium content and get use of our app. Use coupon OLYMPICS1 to get all our exclusive Olympic coverage until 31st August for only £6.49.

Simply select Monthly or Yearly subscription and use coupon OLYMPICS1 when prompted.

Already a subscriber to our website? Login


Top Scorers: Matla (NED/Gorzelany (ARG) 

Best Player: Oliva (ESP)/De Waard (NED) 

Best Goalkeeper: Sonntag (GER)/Succi (ARG) 

Let me know your predictions! 

What do you think? Join our forum for free and keep the discussion going

Total Hockey



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

More from Author

Masters Hockey – A diamond in the rough

A hockey player’s career is as long as one dares to...

Club hockey life in the Netherlands: A safe haven that has to be witnessed

Packed stands, party atmosphere, drinks flowing and the hustle and bustle...

The magic of the Euro Hockey League

The ‘world’s best club hockey competition’ has returned to the historic...

What is hockey’s penalty corner future?

With the FIH’s recent worldwide consultation regarding the penalty corner, and...

- A word from our sponsors -