Men and Women match schedule is announced

The EHF and KNHB are delighted to announce the fixture schedule for the EuroHockey Championships 2017, Men and Women. For the second time, the Championship will open on the Friday evening with hosts Netherlands women taking on Spain at 20.00. 24hs later in the men’s competition, the reigning Champions Netherlands also face Spain.

The competition will run over 10 days from the 18th – 27th August, as the teams compete to be crowned European Champions and earn a slot at the World Cup in 2018. There are many mouth-watering ties during the Pool games which will be followed by the classification matches.

In the Men’s Pool A in addition to Spain, Netherlands face Belgium and newly promoted Austria. In Pool B, Germany face England, Ireland and Poland (who are making their first appearance at the Championships since Boom in 2013).

In addition to Spain, the Dutch ladies will face Belgium and and Czech Republic (who are making their first apperance at the Championships since the 12 team event in Cologne in 1999). In Pool B regining Champions England face Germany, Ireland and Scotland.

The match schedule is being announced early so that fans can start to make their travel plans ahead and tickets will go on sale in late September, we will announce the exact date soon!

For the 4th time running at the EuroHockey Championships the Euro ParaHockey finals will be played on the Championship pitch on Wednesday 23rd.

Angus Kirkland, Director General of the EHF said “We are delighted to be able to announce the match schedule for the EuroHockey Championships 2017.  With Europe having many of the Worlds top Nations it is once again sure to be a feast of world class hockey with our top nations battling it out to be crowned Champions of Europe.  It is also fantastic to be back in the Netherlands for the first major Championships since the 2014 World Cup.  We know from the World Cup the support this event will receive from fans both from the Netherlands and abroad will be incredible! We are very much looking forward to working with our colleagues in the KNHB over the coming 13 months on this exciting event”

Erik Gerritsen, CEO KNHB: “The EuroHockey Championships 2017 is a major event in which athletes are central and the fans are an important part of the overall experience. Apart from the Championships being dominated by top hockey, we are very proud that the focus will also be on sharing knowledge. I am confident that these Championships will contribute to the popularity of hockey in general and the development of the sport of hockey. I’m pleased to be working with the EHF and the City of Amsterdam and we look forward to welcoming the teams and the fans into our new Wagener stadium.”