~The United States will begin their FIH Pro League campaign against The Netherlands on 3rd February~
Bhubaneswar, 29th January 2024: The United States Women’s Hockey Team landed at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on Monday to begin their FIH Hockey Pro League 2023/24 campaign. Having secured a spot at the Paris 2024 Olympics at the recently concluded FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Ranchi 2024, the United States are now focused on securing a FIH Hockey World Cup 2026 spot through the FIH Hockey Pro League 2023/24.
The FIH Hockey Pro League 2023/24 (Women) is scheduled to take place at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar from 3rd to 9th February, before moving to the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela, where the league will continue from 12th to 18th February. Five national teams – India, China, the United States of America, the Netherlands, and Australia – will participate in the India leg of the FIH Pro League 2023/24, facing each other once in Bhubaneswar and once in Rourkela.
The United States will face the Netherlands in the opening game of the FIH Hockey Pro League 2023/24 on 3 February. Their second game will be against Australia on 6 February, followed by a clash with China on 7 February. They will then face India in the last match of the Bhubaneshwar leg on 9 February.
Their previous encounter with the Indian Women’s Hockey Team was in the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Ranchi 2024 which the United States won by 1-0. Capitalising on the early momentum they triumphed against Italy and New Zealand to top Pool B. A 2-1 victory against Japan in the Semi-Final guaranteed their qualification for Paris 2024 Olympics. Their only loss came in Final where they lost 0-2 to Germany.
Shedding light on the way forward for the team, Captain Amanda Gollini said,” We are looking forward to getting back into it, obviously coming off the Olympic Qualifiers, we got the result that we wanted. Now we’ve set some new goals to prepare for the year ahead. The one thing we want to continue from the last tournament is taking it one game at a time, that helped us succeed and I think that’s something we are looking forward to repeating in the FIH Pro League.”
“The Pro League is very important in the lead up to the Paris 2024 Olympics, it presents us with a wonderful opportunity to prepare for the Olympics. But it is imperative that we trust the process, take it one game at a time, and not get ahead of ourselves,” she elaborated.
All matches of the FIH Hockey Pro League 2023/24 will be streamed on JioCinema, additionally, all India matches will be telecast on Sports18 – Khel.
By Hockey India