Argentina women's national field hockey team

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Nickname Las Leonas (The Lionesses)
Association Confederación Argentina de Hockey (CAH)
Confederation PAHF (Americas)
Coach Gabriel Minadeo
Manager Matías Vila
Captain TBD
Most caps Luciana Aymar (376)
Top scorer Noel Barrionuevo (167)
FIH ranking 3 Decrease
Team colours Team colours Team colours
Team colours
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First kit
Team colours Team colours Team colours
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Second kit
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) represents Argentina in international field hockey competitions.

The governing body is the Argentine Hockey Confederation (CAH). The current coach is Gabriel Minadeo, who was appointed after the resignation of Santiago Capurro in October 2015, and the team is currently third in the FIH World Rankings since August 2016 after their 7th place at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[1]

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 managers 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 every time 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 rugby union team is called Los Pumas ("The Pumas"), and the women's volleyball team is known as Las Panteras ("The Panthers").


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]

Senior team[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 TBD
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 Qualified
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 TBD
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
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 TBD
World League[14]
Year Round Host city Position
2012–13 Semifinal England London, England 3rd
Final Argentina San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina 4th
2014–15 Semifinal Spain Valencia, Spain 4th
Final Argentina Rosario, Argentina 1st
2016–17 Semifinals South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa Qualified
Champions Trophy[15]
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 Qualified

Junior team[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 Qualified
Pan American Junior Championship[16]
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[17]
2014 Uruguay Montevideo, Uruguay 1st


The following is the Argentina roster in the women's field hockey tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Head coach: Gabriel Minadeo

Current squad[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1 GK Belén Succi (1985-10-16) 16 October 1985 (age 31) - Buenos Aires 142 Argentina CASI
31 GK Florencia Mutio (1984-11-20) 20 November 1984 (age 32) - Paraná 28 Argentina San Fernando
3 DF Victoria Zuloaga (1988-02-14) 14 February 1988 (age 29) - Buenos Aires 33 Argentina Mar del Plata Club
14 DF Agustina Habif (1992-03-08) 8 March 1992 (age 25) - Buenos Aires 51 Argentina GEBA
16 DF Florencia Habif (1993-08-22) 22 August 1993 (age 23) - Buenos Aires 111 Netherlands Mannheimer HC
27 DF Noel Barrionuevo (1984-05-16) 16 May 1984 (age 32) - Buenos Aires 244 Argentina Ciudad de Buenos Aires
29 DF Julia Gomes Fantasia (1992-04-30) 30 April 1992 (age 24) - Puerto Madryn 64 Argentina GEBA
17 MF Rocío Sánchez Moccia (1988-08-02) 2 August 1988 (age 28) - Buenos Aires 142 Spain Club de Campo
18 MF Pilar Romang (reserve) (1992-07-09) 9 July 1992 (age 24) - Buenos Aires 57 Netherlands MOP
20 MF Lucina von der Heyde (1997-01-24) 24 January 1997 (age 20) - Posadas 0 Argentina River Plate
23 MF Pilar Campoy (1990-10-06) 6 October 1990 (age 26) - Vicente López 10 Argentina Hacoaj
25 MF Gabriela Aguirre (1986-02-19) 19 February 1986 (age 31) - Salta 36 Argentina Banco Provincia
26 MF Paula Ortiz (reserve) (1997-04-16) 16 April 1997 (age 19) - Pablo Podestá 15 Argentina San Martín
7 FW Martina Cavallero (1990-05-07) 7 May 1990 (age 26) - Morón 125 Argentina Hurling Club
11 FW Carla Rebecchi (c) (1984-09-07) 7 September 1984 (age 32) - Buenos Aires 251 Argentina Ciudad de Buenos Aires
12 FW Delfina Merino (1989-10-15) 15 October 1989 (age 27) - Vicente López 194 Netherlands SCHC
15 FW María José Granatto (1995-04-21) 21 April 1995 (age 21) - La Plata 6 Argentina Santa Bárbara
19 FW Agustina Albertario (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 24) - Adrogué 64 Belgium KHC Leuven

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
6 MF Jimena Cedrés (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 24) 41 Netherlands HC Rotterdam
9 FW Carla Dupuy (1988-09-18) 18 September 1988 (age 28) 77 Spain UD Taburiente

Past players[edit]

Not in use jersey numbers[edit]

Although not officially retired, these numbers have not been assigned to other players since then.


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


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 María Paz Ferrari
2012–2013 Marcelo Garraffo
2013 Emanuel Roggero
2013–2014 Carlos Retegui
2014–2015 Santiago Capurro
2015–Present Gabriel Minadeo

Junior Squad[edit]

The following was the Argentina roster in the 2016 Women's Hockey Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile.[18]

Head coach: Agustín Corradini


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).


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Argentina Gonzalo Quesada
Olimpia de Oro
Succeeded by
Argentina José Cóceres