Hockey hits the sand during the Rabobank World Cup

18th May 2014

Not only will the Rabobank Hockey World Cup feature some of the best hockey has to offer on the turf in The Hague but the beach at Scheveningen will also be the backdrop for the World Beach Hockey Festival. Across five Beach Hockey pitches, a stadium for 2000 spectators, lots of sand, sunshine and music this will be the place to be! This official side event of the Rabobank World Hockey Cup, which is supported by FIH, will be held from the 13thuntil the 15th of June.
This version of hockey features unique sticks with holes through the head and a modified ball that will work well to play the game on sand.

The packed three days will feature both the World Beach Hockey Festival Cup and the International Beach Hockey Tournament. The World Beach Hockey Festival Cup is a tournament for teams from all over the world and on the line is the first-ever World Beach Hockey title, while the International Beach Hockey Tournament will feature a variety of levels from the top to recreational.
Join the hockey celebration and be a fan at the Beach Hockey tournaments that will of include music and dancing, while all Rabobank Hockey World Cup matches will be live on multiple television screens in the Beach stadium!
The exact program of this unique Beach Hockey Festival is:
Thursday 12th of June
–    18:00 1st Qualifications of the World Beach Hockey Festival Cup
Friday 13th of June
–    11:00 Qualification rounds World Beach Hockey Festival Cup
–    17:00 Draw for the finals of the World Beach Hockey Festival Cup
–    21:00 Beach Party
Saturday 14th of June
–    10:00 Finals World Beach Hockey Festival Cup
–    11:00 International Beach Hockey Tournament
–    21:00 Final OSAKA Beach Party
Teams from Dubai, New Zealand, India, Belgium, Germany, France, England and the Netherlands have already registered. Additional interested international teams who want to compete for the first World Beach Hockey title are encouraged to still register.
For more information or to participate, e-mail:
More information about Beach Hockey can be found on

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