By Dunn Goodwin – Dealmakerz
In February, the Winter Olympics take place, where Swedish women’s crowns hope to go now. Before that, the team must win a qualifying match to play on Swedish soil. It is now clear that these matches will take place in Lulea.
Sweden have not played in any international championships since the 2019 women’s crown, as the P-WC have been suspended for two consecutive years on the women’s side. The team now has a new opportunity to enter the good room by taking part in the Olympics, which will replace the World Cup next year.
To reach a place in the tournament, the team must first perform well in the qualifying matches to be decided in Louvre in the fall. The national teams of France and Slovakia will try to reach the Olympic spot here along with another team. The teams will all meet each other between November 11-14, and the country with the most points in its meetings will travel to Beijing next year.
– With the canceled World Cup for Tomkronorna in the 2020/2021 season, Olympic qualification has been a clear target for the Swedish Ice Hockey Association and executive staff during the meetings we have held. Olof Astblom, tournament manager of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association, says in a statement on their website that it is encouraging to be able to co-host the event and the Olympic qualifiers at home, in conjunction with Lule Hockey, who has shown a commitment to women’s and women’s hockey.
But before Sweden can begin its qualifying journey, low-ranking teams must do everything they can to reach a place in the Olympics.
This is how the women’s qualifiers for the 2022 Olympics play out
Qualifying Match 1 – 26-29 August 2021
Participating teams: Iceland, Hong Kong, Bulgaria and Lithuania
Qualifying Matches 2 – 7-10 October 2021
Group F: Korea, Great Britain, Slovenia and Qualifier 1
Group G: Italy, Kazakhstan, Spain and Chinese Taipei
Group H: Netherlands, Poland, Mexico and Turkey
Qualifying Matches 3 – 11-14 November 2021
Group C: Winners of Czech Republic, Hungary, Norway and Qualifying Tournament 2
Group D: Winners of Germany, Denmark, Austria and Qualifying Tournament 2
Group E: Sweden, France, Slovakia and Qualifiers 2 winners
Teams already ready for the 2022 Olympics
Group A: USA, Canada, Finland, ROC and Switzerland
Group B: Three team winners from Japan, China and qualifiers3