Women's EuroHockey Nations Championship

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Women's EuroHockey Championship
Most recent season or competition:
2019 Women's EuroHockey Nations Championship
SportField hockey
Founded1984; 36 years ago (1984)
Inaugural season1984
No. of teams8
ContinentEHF (Europe)
Most recent
champion(s)
 Netherlands (10th title)
(2019)
Most titles Netherlands (10 titles)
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toEuroHockey Championship II

The Women's EuroHockey Nations Championship is an international women's field hockey competition organized by the European Hockey Federation (EHF) for the top eight European national teams. It is the top division of the EuroHockey Championships. The inaugural tournament took place in 1984. When the tournament is held close to the Summer Olympic games or the Women's Hockey World Cup, the winner of the tournament is awarded a place in those competitions.

Format[edit]

The tournament is played in Divisions normally consisting of eight teams. The top division, containing the eight best national teams, is called the EuroHockey Nations Championship, below which there is the EuroHockey Championship II, then the EuroHockey Championship III, then the EuroHockey Championship IV, and so on.

Qualification[edit]

National teams qualify for a division based on their performance in the previous competition. Each time the competition is held, it is with each division's previous top two teams promoted (assuming there is a higher division), and its previous bottom two teams demoted (assuming there is a lower division).

Summary[edit]

Assuming divisions consisting of the standard 8 teams, the teams are separated into two pools of four teams. In each pool (pool A and B) the teams play one match against each of the other teams in their pool (three in total). The teams then go on to play classification matches based on their relative ranking from these pool matches to determine their final tournament position.

Details[edit]

In each pool, A and B, all the teams play each other once, with points awarded as follows:

  • 3 points for a win
  • 1 point for a draw
  • 0 points for a loss

Upon completion of these matches, each team in the pool is ranked according to the number of points each has accumulated. If any teams in the pool have the same rank, then these teams are ranked:

  • According to the number of matches they won, or else, if equal
  • According to respective goal difference ('goals for' less 'goals against'), or else
  • According to 'goals for', or else
  • If only two teams are involved, according to the result of the match played between those teams, or else
  • According to the results of a penalty stroke competition between those teams, or else
  • This procedure is repeated using the penalty stroke result until the teams can be ranked

Once the relative ranking of the teams in pools A and B is settled, the semi-finals proceed with two games as follows:

  • Second Pool A v First Pool B
  • First Pool A v Second Pool B

The winners of these matches then play a match against each other for 1st and 2nd places (the final) and the losing teams play a match against each other for 3rd and 4th places (Bronze medal match).

The third and fourth placed teams in each pool are placed in Pool C (the Relegation Pool) in order to determine fifth to eighth places. Each team plays one match against the two teams that they did not previously play. The results from those games and from the game that was previously played against the other team in their original pool are used to rank each team according to the ranking procedure used in Pool A and B.

Dates[edit]

The senior (men's and women's) Nations tournaments are held over seven to eight consecutive days (including rest days) some time during the last two weeks of July and the first four weeks of August every odd numbered year (2009, 2011, etc.).

Summaries[edit]

Year Host Final Third Place
Winner Score Runner-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
1984
Details
Lille, France
Netherlands
2–0
Soviet Union

West Germany
1–0
England
1987
Details
London, England
Netherlands
2–2
(3–1)
Penalty strokes

England

Soviet Union
2–1
West Germany
1991
Details
Brussels, Belgium
England
2–1
Germany

Soviet Union
3–2
Netherlands
1995
Details
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Netherlands
2–2
(4–1)
Penalty strokes

Spain

Germany
1–0
England
1999
Details
Cologne, Germany
Netherlands
2–1
Germany

England
5–0
Russia
2003
Details
Barcelona, Spain
Netherlands
5–0
Spain

Germany
3–1
England
2005
Details
Dublin, Ireland
Netherlands
2–1
Germany

England
4–0
Spain
2007
Details
Manchester, England
Germany
2–0
Netherlands

England
3–2
Spain
2009
Details
Amstelveen, Netherlands
Netherlands
3–2
Germany

England
2–1
Spain
2011
Details
Mönchengladbach, Germany
Netherlands
3–0
Germany

England
2–1
Spain
2013
Details
Boom, Belgium
Germany
4–4
(2–0)
Penalty shootout

England

Netherlands
3–1
Belgium
2015
Details
London, England
England
2–2
(3–1)
Penalty shootout

Netherlands

Germany
5–1
Spain
2017
Details
Amstelveen, Netherlands
Netherlands
3–0
Belgium

England
2–0
Germany
2019
Details
Antwerp, Belgium
Netherlands
2–0
Germany

Spain
1–1
(3–2)
Penalty shootout

England
2021
Details
Amstelveen, Netherlands

Top four statistics[edit]

Team Champions Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
 Netherlands 10 (1984, 1987, 1995*, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2009*, 2011, 2017*, 2019) 2 (2007, 2015) 1 (2013) 1 (1991)
 Germany[a] 2 (2007, 2013) 6 (1991, 1999*, 2005, 2009, 2011*, 2019) 4 (1984, 1995, 2003, 2015) 2 (1987, 2017)
 England 2 (1991, 2015*) 2 (1987*, 2013) 6 (1999, 2005, 2007*, 2009, 2011, 2017) 4 (1984, 1995, 2003, 2019)
 Spain 2 (1995, 2003*) 1 (2019) 5 (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015)
 Soviet Union 1 (1984) 2 (1987, 1991)
 Belgium 1 (2017) 1 (2013*)
 Russia 1 (1999)
* = host

Team appearances[edit]

Team France
1984
England
1987
Belgium
1991
Netherlands
1995
Germany
1999
Spain
2003
Republic of Ireland
2005
England
2007
Netherlands
2009
Germany
2011
Belgium
2013
England
2015
Netherlands
2017
Belgium
2019
Netherlands
2021
Total
 Austria 11th 12th 2
 Azerbaijan 9th 5th 6th 7th 4
 Belarus Part of the Soviet Union 8th 8th 2
 Belgium 8th 9th 7th 11th 11th 5th 4th 5th 2nd 6th Q 10
 Czech Republic Part of Czechoslovakia 10th 12th 7th 3
 Czechoslovakia 9th Defunct 1
 England 4th 2nd 1st 4th 3rd 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 3rd 4th Q 15
 France 10th 10th 10th 7th 10th 8th 8th 7
 Germany[a] 3rd 4th 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 4th 2nd Q 15
 Ireland 5th 7th 8th 8th 9th 6th 5th 6th 5th 6th 7th 6th 5th Q 13
 Italy 12th 11th 9th 11th 7th 8th 7th Q 8
 Lithuania 8th 1
 Netherlands 1st 1st 4th 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 1st 1st Q 15
 Poland 8th 1
 Russia Part of the Soviet Union 5th 4th 10th 7th 7th 5
 Scotland 6th 6th 5th 6th 6th 7th 7th 8th 6th 6th 8th Q 12
 Soviet Union 2nd 3rd 3rd Defunct 3
 Spain 7th 5th 6th 2nd 5th 2nd 4th 4th 4th 4th 5th 4th 5th 3rd Q 15
 Sweden 12th 1
 Ukraine Part of the Soviet Union 7th 5th 6th 8th 4
 Wales 8th 9th 12th 3
Total 12 10 12 12 12 12 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 Source[1]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Includes results representing West Germany between 1970 and 1990

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Competitions Archive". p. 20. Retrieved 25 August 2018.