United States women's national field hockey team

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United States
United States
Association USA Field Hockey
Confederation PAHF (Americas)
Coach Janneke Schopman
Assistant coach Phil Edwards
Nick Shedd
Manager Maren Langford
FIH ranking 12 Decrease (August 2018)
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The United States women's national field hockey team,[1][2] coached by Janneke Schopman since 2017, made its first international appearance in 1920 when a touring team visited England, coached by Constance M.K. Applebee. The team made several international appearances in the early 20th Century, leading to the United States hosting the eighth International Federation of Women's Hockey Associations Tournament in 1963. Once the IFWHA merged with its counterpart on the men's side, the United States' first appearance at an FIH-sanctioned tournament was the 1983 Women's Hockey World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where the Americans ended up in sixth place. They have won bronze at the Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics and bronze at the 1994 World Cup.[3][4]


Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games[edit]

During the 1984 Summer Olympics, the team won their first international prize, a bronze medal. This happened after The Netherlands defeated Australia (2–0) in the final match of the round-robin tournament and Australia and the United States were left tied for third place with identical records: two wins, two losses, one draw, and nine goals scored and seven goals conceded. Following the Holland-Australia match, the United States players came down from the stands and competed with the Australians in a penalty shoot-out to decide the bronze medal. The US won the shootout (10–5) to claim America's first Olympic medal in women's field hockey.[5]

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games[edit]

The Olympic qualifying squad placed first in the second series of games during the 2008 Women's Hockey Olympic Qualifier. The team finished in eighth place in the 2008 Summer Olympics. They lost to Germany 4-2 to end their run in the Olympic Games.[6]

London 2012 Olympic Games[edit]

The USWNT qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games after defeating Argentina 4-2 at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. The U.S. had high hopes of finishing their rocky 2012 Olympic campaign on a high note. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen for Team USA as the final match at Riverbank Arena in London’s Olympic Park ended with a disappointing 2-1 loss to Belgium, leaving the U.S. with a last place finish in the tournament.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games[edit]

In similar fashion to qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the USWNT defeated Argentina at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada to punch their ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In pool play the USWNT toppled both global hockey powerhouses Argentina (2nd FIH World Ranked) and Australia (3rd FIH World Ranked) with the same score of 2-1. Continuing in their preliminary schedule the USA rose above Japan 6-1 as well as India with a score of 3-0. Great Britain was USA’s final pool play competitor who defeated the USWNT dashing their near spotless record with a 2-1 win. In quartefinal play, Germany was able to grab one more goal than the USWNT to develop a 2-1 score, bringing USA's Olympic Games campaign to a close. The team finished in fifth place overall.

Tournament history[edit]

The team in 2016

A red box around indicates tournaments played in the United States

Competition 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total
Hockey World Cup 1 1
Summer Olympics 1 1
Pan American Games 2 5 1 8
Pan American Cup 4 1 5
Champions Trophy 2 2
Total 2 9 6 17

Summer Olympics[edit]

Year Position
Los Angeles 1984 3rd place
Seoul 1988 8th place
Atlanta 1996 5th place
Beijing 2008 8th place
London 2012 12th place
Rio de Janeiro 2016 5th place
Total 6/10

World Cup[edit]

Year Position
Malaysia 1983 6th place
Netherlands 1986 9th place
Australia 1990 12th place
Ireland 1994 3rd place
Netherlands 1998 8th place
Australia 2002 9th place
Spain 2006 6th place
Netherlands 2014 4th place
England 2018 14th place
Total 8/13

World League[edit]

Year Position
Argentina 2012–13 10th place
Argentina 2014–15 9th place
New Zealand 2016–17 7th place

Pan American Games[edit]

Year Position
United States 1987 2nd place
Cuba 1991 3rd place
Argentina 1995 2nd place
Canada 1999 2nd place
Dominican Republic 2003 2nd place
Brazil 2007 2nd place
Mexico 2011 1st place
Canada 2015 1st place
Total 8/8

Pan American Cup[edit]

Year Position
Jamaica 2001 2nd place
Barbados 2004 2nd place
Bermuda 2009 2nd place
Argentina 2013 2nd place
USA 2017 3rd place
Total 5/5

Champions Trophy[edit]

Year Position
Argentina 1995 3rd place
Germany 1997 6th place
England 2016 3rd place
Total 3/21

Champions Challenge[edit]

Year Position
South Africa 2002 5th place
Italy 2003 5th place
United States 2005 5th place
Azerbaijan 2007 4th place
Ireland 2011 2nd place
Ireland 2012 2nd place
Scotland 2014 1st place
Total 7/8


Current squad[edit]

Roster for the 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup.[7]

Head coach: Janneke Schopman

Notable players[edit]



Netherlands Test Series[edit]

Canada Test Series[edit]

Chile Test Series[edit]

Argentina Test Series[edit]

Women's Hockey World Cup[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]