It has been compared to the Olympic Games, and the Women’s Hockey World Cup is set to give fans something to feast their eyes on from 21st July through to 5th August 2018. This World Cup will be the biggest hockey event ever to take place in the UK and will play out at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Hockey is an excellent sport to watch live and it attracts a huge number of spectators due to its fast paced action and adrenalin infused game play. The World Cup looks set to showcase the sport at its best, and players from the Olympic squads will be taking on each other in a quest for the title of champion.
Branding and promotional events take on a front seat where sponsors like brands, sports and hockey equipment stores and manufacturers come forward to be a part of this event worldwide.
Massive Demand for Tickets
The demand for tickets for this event is already at an all time high and to ensure that a fair process is enforced, a ticket ballot will be opened during September. Fans simply need to register for the ballot and select the sessions they’d like to attend and hope that their names are picked.
The ballot system is a result of the response to the Hockey Family priority ticket sale that went live in 2017, and an unprecedented 21,000 tickets were snapped up in two weeks. In order to ensure that fans all have an equal opportunity to watch the matches and to put a halt to ticket scalpers, the ballot was decided upon as the most desirable option.
Top Teams Take to the Field
As yet, the full World Cup schedule has yet to be finalised as not all teams have completed the qualifying rounds. So far, England, the Netherlands, USA, Australia, Argentina, Germany, New Zealand, China, South Africa and South Korea have made their way through to the World Cup.
A Revamped Trophy
For many years, the men’s Hockey World Cup trophy eclipsed the women’s equivalent, but now, the women’s trophy is undergoing a makeover. The International Hockey Federation has commissioned an extensive reworking of the trophy and it’s being given a completely new look. The new trophy will feature inspiration from the Cup’s heritage and will include Scottish Celtic designs and thistles. It’s set to give the event extra prestige and to level the field between the women’s and men’s events.
Facts and Stats
The 2018 Women’s World Cup Hockey will be the 13th edition of this competition and over the course of its lifespan, 29 nations have participated in a total of 535 games. An estimated 1700 goals have been scored in this time, averaging out at three goals for every match played.
After netball, this World Cup is the longest standing women’s event and the Netherlands is the team to beat. The Netherlands has won the Cup a record seven times and has a win rate of a phenomenal 77.78 per cent. As 2018 draws closer, hockey fans are gearing up for a tournament that promises plenty of action.