World hockey has revealed the qualification pathway for Paris 2024 across both genders, which will see only one quota place on offer from continental championships and eight-team Olympic qualifying tournaments to determine the rest.
Five teams will qualify automatically from continental competitions this year at African Hockey Road to Paris, Pan American Games, Asian Games 2023, EuroHockey Championship and the Oceania Cup.
Should France win EuroHockey 2023, the second placed nation will not subsequently qualify, but the quota place will be allocated to the FIH Hockey Olympic qualification tournaments.
Eight men and women nations will then compete at two FIH Hockey Olympic qualification tournaments, held in early 2024. This replaces the previous format where two-leg matches took place to determine places. Six teams will qualify, which will then make up the 12 teams for Paris 2024 across each gender.
The number of teams from each continent participating in these tournaments will be based on quotas determined according to the FIH world rankings Jan 31.
Women’s Olympic Qualifiers
Africa: 0, Asia: 4, Europe: 8, Oceania: 1, Pan America: 3
Men’s Olympic Qualifiers
Africa: 1, Asia: 5, Europe: 7, Oceania: 1, Pan America: 2
The teams invited to participate in the qualifiers will be based on their performance at the Continental Championships.
The qualification process was first discussed in 2021 as the FIH mulled over whether to keep the play-off structure. Bidding process for hosting the 2024 tournaments will be released this month.
Twelve teams per gender will play at Paris 2024, with each squad consisting of 16 athletes.