Argentina women's national field hockey team

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NicknameLas Leonas (The Lionesses)
AssociationConfederación Argentina de Hockey (CAH)
ConfederationPAHF (Americas)
CoachCarlos Retegui
Assistant coach(es)Mario Almada, Santiago Capurro and Fernando Ferrara
ManagerSilvia Suppa and Alejandro Doherty
CaptainDelfina Merino
Most capsLuciana Aymar (376)
Top scorerNoel Barrionuevo (171)
Team colours Team colours Team colours
Team colours
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Team colours
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FIH ranking
Current 3 Increase 1 (29 June 2019)[1]
Highest1st (2003 – 2010 – 2011)
Lowest4 (2018)
Summer Olympics
Appearances7 (first in 1988)
Best result2nd (20002012)
World Cup
Appearances14 (first in 1974)
Best result1st (20022010)
Pan American Games
Appearances9 (first in 1987)
Best result1st (7 times)
Pan American Cup
Appearances5 (first in 2001)
Best result1st (All editions)
Olympic medal record
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sydney Team
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens Team
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Team
Silver medal – second place 2012 London Team

The Argentina women's national field hockey team (Spanish: Selección femenina de hockey sobre césped de Argentina) is governed by the Argentine Hockey Confederation (CAH). The current coach is Carlos Retegui, who was appointed after Agustín Corradini. The team is currently third in the FIH World Rankings since july 2019 after their 4th place at the 2019 FIH Pro League.

Las Leonas (The Lionesses) have appeared in five Hockey World Cup finals, including the first final in 1974, which they lost 1–0 to the Netherlands. Argentina had to settle with second place in two more finals before winning the tournament for the first time in 2002, beating the Netherlands 4–3 in the final on penalty strokes after a 1–1 draw. Argentina, led by eight-time FIH Player of the Year Luciana Aymar won again in 2010, a 3–1 victory over the Netherlands. Argentina's World Cup winning coaches are Sergio Vigil in 2002, and Carlos Retegui in 2010.

Argentina has been very successful at the Summer Olympics, winning four consecutive medals (two silver, two bronze) since the 2000 edition, when they became the first women's team in any sport to win an Olympic medal for their country. Luciana Aymar is the only player that has participated and won those four medals. Also, after their first title in 2001 at a Champions Trophy, they have won the tournament six more times. In front of a home crowd they won the 2014–15 World League as the first international title after Aymar's retirement from the national team the previous year.

At a continental level, Argentina has dominated and won every tournament they played, including the Pan American Cup and the Pan American Games leaving the United States with second place on most events until they lost the 2011 Pan American Games final for the first time.

In July 2003, after the implementation of an official World Ranking System, Argentina reached the top of the FIH World Rankings for the first time, reaching it again in 2010 after obtaining the World Cup title and once more in late 2013.


Hockey was introduced in Argentina by English immigrants in the beginning of the 20th century, and the first women's teams were officially formed in 1909.[2] In 1997, Sergio Vigil, a former player for the men's national team, was appointed coach. Under his leadership, Las Leonas achieved their first World Hockey Cup title, their first Olympic medals, their first Champions Trophy medals, and many other achievements. The team went from having a rather limited audience to becoming a national sensation, with some of the players even appearing as models in advertising campaigns.


Throughout its history, the team has developed a reputation for being tenacious even when a match appears to be lost. For this reason, a lioness was chosen as their symbol when the team qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics. During the second round of games, Argentina played against the powerful Dutch team, and they chose this occasion to place the image of a lioness on their shirts for the first time.

The image was designed by then-player Inés Arrondo together with Vigil's sister-in-law.[3] Argentina won that match, went on to win the silver medal, and Las Leonas were born. Subsequently, the junior (under 21) team is called Las Leoncitas ("the baby lionesses" or "the lioness cubs").

The lioness logo was redesigned in 2006 by the team kit supplier, Adidas, along with Confederación Argentina de Hockey and even some of the most representative players. This is slightly different from the original, showing the lioness' tail pretending to be a hockey stick while holding a ball.[4]

The nickname also falls in line with an unwritten Argentine tradition of naming national teams after big cats: the men's field hockey team is called Los Leones ("The Lions"), the men's rugby union team is called Los Pumas ("The Pumas"), and the women's volleyball team is known as Las Panteras ("The Panthers").

Senior team[edit]


Since its breakthrough in the 2000 Summer Olympics (where the team nicknamed "Las Leonas"' for the first time),[5] Argentina has won more than 20 official titles, which are detailed below:

Champions Trophy winners in 2016

Tournament records[edit]

World Cup[9]
Year Host city Position
1974 France Mandelieu, France 2nd
1976 West Germany Berlin, West Germany 2nd
1978 Spain Madrid, Spain 3rd
1981 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina 6th
1983 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 9th
1986 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands 7th
1990 Australia Sydney, Australia 9th
1994 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland 2nd
1998 Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands 4th
2002 Australia Perth, Australia 1st
2006 Spain Madrid, Spain 3rd
2010 Argentina Rosario, Argentina 1st
2014 Netherlands The Hague, Netherlands 3rd
2018 England London, England 7th
Pan American Cup[10]
Year Host city Position
2001 Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica 1st
2004 Barbados Bridgetown, Barbados 1st
2009 Bermuda Hamilton, Bermuda 1st
2013 Argentina Mendoza, Argentina 1st
2017 United States Lancaster, United States 1st
Pan American Games[11]
Year Host city Position
1987 United States Indianapolis, United States 1st
1991 Cuba Havana, Cuba 1st
1995 Argentina Mar del Plata, Argentina 1st
1999 Canada Winnipeg, Canada 1st
2003 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 1st
2007 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st
2011 Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico 2nd
2015 Canada Toronto, Canada 2nd
2019 Peru Lima, Peru 1st
South American Championship / South American Games[12]
Year Host city Position
2003 Chile Santiago, Chile 1st
2006 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina 1st
2008 Uruguay Montevideo, Uruguay 1st
2010 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st
2013 Chile Santiago, Chile 1st
2014 Chile Santiago, Chile 1st
2018 Bolivia Cochabamba, Bolivia 1st
Olympic Games[13]
Year Host city Position
1980 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union N/A
1988 South Korea Seoul, South Korea 7th
1996 United States Atlanta, United States 7th
2000 Australia Sydney, Australia 2nd
2004 Greece Athens, Greece 3rd
2008 China Beijing, China 3rd
2012 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 2nd
2016 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 7th
2020 Japan Tokyo, Japan Qualified
Pro League[14]
Year Final host city Position
2019 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 4th
World League[15]
Year Final host city Position
2012–13 Argentina San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina 4th
2014–15 Argentina Rosario, Argentina 1st
2016–17 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand 5th
Champions Trophy[16]
Year Host city Position
1995 Argentina Mar del Plata, Argentina 6th
1999 Australia Brisbane, Australia 4th
2000 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 4th
2001 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 1st
2002 Macau Macau, China 2nd
2003 Australia Sydney, Australia 4th
2004 Argentina Rosario, Argentina 3rd
2005 Australia Canberra, Australia 4th
2006 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 4th
2007 Argentina Quilmes, Argentina 2nd
2008 Germany Mönchengladbach, Germany 1st
2009 Australia Sydney, Australia 1st
2010 England Nottingham, England 1st
2011 Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands 2nd
2012 Argentina Rosario, Argentina 1st
2014 Argentina Mendoza, Argentina 1st
2016 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 1st
2018 China Changzhou, China 3rd


Current squad[edit]

The following players were called to compete between July 30th and August 10th for the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.[17][18]

Head coach: Carlos Retegui

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Belén Succi (1985-10-16) 16 October 1985 (age 33) 232 Argentina CASI
13 1GK Cristina Cosentino (reserve) (1997-12-22) 22 December 1997 (age 21) 5 Argentina Banco Nación

27 2DF Noel Barrionuevo (1984-05-16) 16 May 1984 (age 35) 326 176 Argentina Newman
25 2DF Silvina D'Elía (1986-04-25) 25 April 1986 (age 33) 243 51 Argentina GEBA
7 2DF Giselle Kañevsky (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 (age 34) 140 3 Argentina Hacoaj
32 2DF Valentina Costa Biondi (1995-09-13) 13 September 1995 (age 23) 20 2 Argentina San Fernando

4 3MF Rosario Luchetti © (1984-06-04) 4 June 1984 (age 35) 277 40 Argentina Belgrano
22 3MF Eugenia Trinchinetti (1997-07-17) 17 July 1997 (age 22) 88 13 Argentina San Fernando
2 3MF Sofía Toccalino (1997-03-20) 20 March 1997 (age 22) 75 6 Argentina St. Catherine's
5 3MF Agostina Alonso (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 23) 71 5 Argentina Banco Nación
18 3MF Victoria Sauze (1991-07-21) 21 July 1991 (age 28) 66 2 Argentina River Plate
23 3MF Micaela Retegui (1996-04-23) 23 April 1996 (age 23) 23 5 Argentina San Fernando

11 4FW Carla Rebecchi (1984-09-07) 7 September 1984 (age 34) 305 162 Argentina Ciudad
19 4FW Agustina Albertario (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 26) 149 45 Argentina Lomas
15 4FW María José Granatto (1995-04-21) 21 April 1995 (age 24) 114 66 Argentina Santa Bárbara
28 4FW Julieta Jankunas (1999-01-20) 20 January 1999 (age 20) 85 42 Argentina Ciudad
21 4FW Victoria Granatto (1991-04-09) 9 April 1991 (age 28) 18 5 Argentina Santa Bárbara
9 4FW Priscila Jardel (reserve) (1996-01-16) 16 January 1996 (age 23) 16 7 Argentina River Plate

Recent call-ups[edit]

These players were called-up in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Florencia Mutio (1984-11-20) 20 November 1984 (age 34) 67 Argentina San Fernando (2019-05-22)22 May 2019, v.  Germany

DF Victoria Miranda (2000-06-05) 5 June 2000 (age 19) 9 0 Argentina Ciudad (2019-05-22)22 May 2019, v.  Germany
DF Agustina Habif (1992-03-08) 8 March 1992 (age 27) 152 12 Argentina GEBA (2019-05-18)18 May 2019, v.  Great Britain
DF Bianca Donati (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 24) 35 2 Argentina River Plate (2019-05-18)18 May 2019, v.  Great Britain
DF Victoria Zuloaga (1988-02-14) 14 February 1988 (age 31) 75 6 Argentina Mar del Plata Club (2019-04-13)13 April 2019, v.  New Zealand
DF Julia Gomes Fantasia (1992-04-30) 30 April 1992 (age 27) 152 26 Argentina GEBA (2018-11-25)25 November 2018, v.  China
DF Agustina Gorzelany (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 (age 23) 36 6 Argentina San Martín (2018-11-25)25 November 2018, v.  China

MF Florencia Habif (1993-08-22) 22 August 1993 (age 26) 197 21 Argentina GEBA (2019-06-29)29 June 2019, v.  Germany
MF Lucina von der Heyde (1997-01-24) 24 January 1997 (age 22) 91 13 Argentina River Plate (2019-06-29)29 June 2019, v.  Germany
MF Celina di Santo (2000-02-23) 23 February 2000 (age 19) 10 0 Argentina Lomas (2019-06-29)29 June 2019, v.  Germany
MF Paula Ortíz (1997-04-16) 16 April 1997 (age 22) 84 7 Argentina San Martín (2019-05-04)4 May 2019, v.  Australia
MF Rocío Sánchez Moccia (1988-08-02) 2 August 1988 (age 31) 233 15 Argentina Liceo Naval (2018-11-25)25 November 2018, v.  China

FW Delfina Merino (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 29) 283 90 Netherlands SCHC (2019-03-16)16 March 2019, v.  Australia
FW Martina Cavallero (1990-05-07) 7 May 1990 (age 29) 202 43 Germany Mannheimer HC (2018-11-25)25 November 2018, v.  China
FW Milagros Fernández Ladra (1997-02-27) 27 February 1997 (age 22) 28 9 Argentina Banco Nación (2018-11-25)25 November 2018, v.  China

Past players[edit]

Not in use jersey numbers[edit]

Luciana Aymar, eight-time FIH Player of the Year Award, is considered as the best female hockey player of all time [19][20]

When Luciana Aymar (eight-time FIH Player of the Year Award winner and regarded as the best player in the history of the sport)[21][19][20], retired from the national team in 2014 after 376 international matches played, some of Aymar's teammates (such as Carla Rebecchi) asked the Confederation for the retirement of her iconic number 8 worn by her during 17 years with the national team.[22] Nevertheless, the number is not officially retired by the CAH, although it has not been assigned to other players since.


Period Captain Vice-captain
1997–2002 Karina Masotta Magdalena Aicega
2003–2005 Magdalena Aicega Cecilia Rognoni
2006–2008 Luciana Aymar
2009–2014 Luciana Aymar Rosario Luchetti
2014–2015 Macarena Rodríguez Carla Rebecchi
2015–2017 Carla Rebecchi Belén Succi
2017–2018 Belén Succi Delfina Merino
2019–Present Delfina Merino Rosario Luchetti


Sergio Vigil, with whom Las Leonas won 7 titles and 2 Olympic medals.
Period Name
1986–1991 Miguel MacCormik
1991–1997 Rodolfo Mendoza
1997–2004 Sergio Vigil
2004–2009 Gabriel Minadeo
2009–2012 Carlos Retegui
2012–2013 Marcelo Garraffo
2013 Emanuel Roggero
2013–2014 Carlos Retegui (2nd cycle)
2014–2015 Santiago Capurro
2015–2017 Gabriel Minadeo (2nd cycle)
2017–2018 Agustín Corradini
2018–Present Carlos Retegui (3rd cycle)

Junior and youth team[edit]

Tournament records[edit]

Junior World Cup
Year Host city Position
1989 Canada Ottawa, Canada 6th
1993 Spain Terrassa, Spain 1st
1997 South Korea Seongnam, South Korea 3rd
2001 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina 2nd
2005 Chile Santiago, Chile 5th
2009 United States Boston, United States 2nd
2013 Germany Mönchengladbach, Germany 2nd
2016 Chile Santiago, Chile 1st
Youth Olympic Games
Year Host city Position
2010 Singapore Singapore 2nd
2014 China Nanjing, China 3rd
2018 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina 1st
Pan American Junior Championship[23]
Year Host city Position
1988 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina 1st
1992 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela 1st
1997 Chile Santiago, Chile 1st
2000 Barbados Bridgetown, Barbados 1st
2005 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico 1st
2008 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico 3rd
2012 Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico 1st
2016 Trinidad and Tobago Tacarigua, Trinidad and Tobago 1st
Pan American Youth Championship
Year Host city Position
2010 Uruguay Montevideo, Uruguay 1st[24]
2014 Uruguay Montevideo, Uruguay 1st
2018 Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico 1st

Current squad[edit]

Head Coach: Hernán Zago


See also[edit]


  • The team alternates between light blue and black skirt/socks when using their main kit, even during the same tournament, apparently arbitrarily. For example, during the 2010 World Cup, see photos from Day 1 (black), Day 3 (light blue) and Day 6 (black).


  1. ^ "FIH Hero World Rankings June 2019 – Women" (PDF). FIH. 29 June 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  2. ^ (in Spanish) History of the Argentine Hockey Confederation Archived 11 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ (in Spanish) Interview with Inés Arrondo Archived 19 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine by DeporTEA Press, 10 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link), 29 September 2006.
  5. ^ "El nacimiento de Las Leonas", CanchaLlena, 24 September 2010
  6. ^ "Igual son de oro", Clarín, 30 September 2000
  7. ^ "Las Leonas perdieron y tuvieron que conformarse con la de plata" by Sabrina Faija, Clarín, 12 August 2012
  8. ^ ""Las Leonas son campeonas mundiales y un verdadero orgullo de la Argentina", Los Andes, 11 September 2010". Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Home – FIH".
  10. ^ "Pan American Cups".
  11. ^ "Pan American Games".
  12. ^ "South American Championships".
  13. ^ "Home – FIH".
  14. ^ "FIH confirms Spain men and Belgium women join Hockey Pro League". FIH.
  15. ^ "Home – FIH".
  16. ^ "Home – FIH".
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  18. ^
  19. ^ a b Top 10 greatest field hockey players, The Telegraph, 5 Jan 2015
  20. ^ a b It's all about Aymar by Melina Gaspar, on The Hockey Family, 10 Aug 2017
  21. ^ Luciana Aymar profile on CAH website
  22. ^ Rebecchi pidió retirar la camiseta número 8, Télam, 8 Dec 2014
  23. ^ "Pan American Junior Championships".
  24. ^ "PAHF – 2010 Pan American Youth Championship – Women".

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