Both India and Ireland, who qualified for the FIH World League Semi-Finals through Hockey World League 2 New Delhi in February 2013, will travel to Rotterdam, Netherlands from 13th – 23rd June 2013 .
The other teams at Rotterdam competition will be Australia, Netherlands, New Zealand and Spain, who qualified by FIH Rankings, while two others yet to be determined i.e. the winner of the upcoming World League 2 tournament in France and the highest ranked second place team from the French or Russia World League 2 competition.
According to a press release, The IHA received confirmation from the FIH that Andrew Meredith’s Mens Team will feature in Rotterdam FIH World League Semi Finals. Ireland’s ‘Green Machine’ qualified for the FIH World League Semi-Finals following exceptional performances in India at FIH World League 2 in February. Ireland finished second in the group behind hosts India who only narrowly beat the Green Machine 3-2 in a tight affair in New Delhi and the two sides may face each other yet again in the Semi-Finals.
Ireland Coach Andrew Meredith’s preparations for World League Semi-Finals are well underway already and will include the Irish coach and his staff attending and analysing the first three rounds of the Irish Hockey League action which begins this weekend before naming a 24 man squad (+ four reserves) for the World League Semi-Finals on 15th April 2013.
The other World League 2 Semi Finals will take place a week later in Johor Bahru in Malaysia and will feature Germany, England, Pakistan, Korea, Argentina, South Africa, Malaysia and the winner of the Russian hosted World League 2 tournament.
A total of seven teams will qualify from the FIH World League Semi Finals for the Finals to be played from 10th to 18th February 2014 in New Delhi, for which India is qualified automatically by the virtue of hosts.