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As the dust settles on the thrilling pre-Olympic hockey tournaments in Spain, India, and Oman, the stage is set for the 12 teams in each gender category to vie for gold at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

With Spain, Oman, and India securing their final tickets to Paris last weekend, the groups for the much-anticipated event have been drawn, revealing an exciting lineup of international hockey powerhouses.


Men’s Competition Groups:


In the men’s competition, Group A boasts a formidable lineup with the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Great Britain, France, and South Africa. Meanwhile, Group B is equally competitive, featuring Belgium, India, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, and Ireland. The draw promises intense battles and strategic matchups as these top-ranked teams vie for supremacy on the Olympic stage.


Women’s Competition Groups:


The women’s competition is no less thrilling, with Group A comprising the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Japan, China, and France. Group B, on the other hand, brings together powerhouse teams such as Australia, Argentina, Great Britain, the USA, Spain, and South Africa. The absence of seeding in the distribution of teams adds an element of unpredictability, ensuring that every match will be a test of skill, strategy, and determination.


Unseeded Distribution Based on World Rankings:


In a departure from some other competitions, the teams for the Paris 2024 Olympics have been distributed without any seeding. The conventional advantage given to host teams or historically successful teams facing seemingly weaker opponents is absent in this draw. Instead, the teams have been precisely distributed according to their positions in the International Hockey Federation (FIH) World Ranking as of 23:59 on 21 January 2024.


The distribution is as follows:


Group A: First, fourth, fifth, eighth, ninth, and twelfth


Group B: Second, third, sixth, seventh, tenth, and eleventh


This strategic approach ensures that each group is a mix of established powerhouses and rising challengers, setting the stage for a highly competitive and unpredictable tournament.


Countdown to the Competition:


Hockey enthusiasts and sports fans alike can mark their calendars for the commencement of the competition on 27 July. The men’s final is scheduled for Thursday, 8 August, while the women’s final will take place the following day on 9 August. With the draw emphasizing fairness and competitiveness, the Paris 2024 Olympic hockey tournament promises to be a spectacle of skill, determination, and national pride.




As the hockey world eagerly anticipates the Paris 2024 Olympics, the unveiled groups set the tone for a thrilling competition. The absence of seeding adds an extra layer of excitement, ensuring that every match will be a true test of each team’s mettle. With a mix of established powerhouses and emerging challengers, the stage is set for unforgettable moments on the field. As the countdown begins, hockey enthusiasts worldwide await the spectacle that the Paris 2024 Olympic hockey tournament is poised to deliver.

World Rankings:


1 Netherlands

2 Belgium

3 India

4 Germany

5 England

6 Australia

7 Argentina

8 Spain

9 France

10 New Zealand

11 Ireland

12 Korea


1 Natherlands

2 Australia

3 Argentina

4 Belgium

5 Germany

6 England

7 Spain

8 India

9 Japan

10 China

11 New Zealand

12 United States

Waseem Shahzad Qadri
Waseem Shahzad Qadri
Islamabad based Senior Journalist, TV Show Host, Media Trainer, can be follow on twitter @jaranwaliya

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