FIH Champions Trophy is an intenational competition that ranks with the World Cup and the Olympics. The 8 countries will participate in this competitoin, including high ranked countries, a champion in the Champions Challenge, and guest countries. The 1st round is a round-robin tournament between 2 groups and the 2nd is a tournament that determines the rank.
Argentina FIH Champions Trophy is the prelude to the London Olympics. For Sakura Japan, this competition will be an important stage to have matches with strong national teams before the preliminary round for it.
|Name||FIH Champions Trophy 2012|
Rosario World Cup Stadium
(Time difference between Japan : -12 hours)
|Host||International Hockey Federation (FIH)|
|Japan National Team||Candidates to represent Japan in the Champions Trophy ( to be prepared)|
|Period||January 28 – February 5, 2012|
1st Round : Pool A
1st Round : Pool B
|№||Rank in the last/Qualification||Rank in the world||London Olympics|
|2nd placed (Host Country)||2||◯|
|New Zealand||3rd placed||6||◯|
|Great Britain||5th placed||4||◯|
|Japan||6th placed in 2008
1st in the Champions Challenge
- Ranking is sited at the time of FIH October 2011.
- Australia (7th rank) and the United States (10th rank) have been already qualified for the London Olympics
Sakura Japan – Game Schedule
※ Time is local. ( ) is Japanese time.
12:30- Jan 28 (3:00- Jan 29)
|2||15:00- Jan 29 (0:30 Jan 30)||Japan||1-2
|3||12:30- Jan 31 (0:30- Feb 1)||Japan||1-4
5th to 8th placed match
5th placed match
extra time (2nd half) 1-0
- Great Britain
- New Zealand