The 8th edition of the Women’s Junior Asia Cup is set to take place in Kakamigahara, Japan. The Cup will start on the 2nd of June and conclude on 11th June 2023 as announced by the Asian Hockey Federation.
Ten junior national teams from around Asia will participate in this tournament. The contestants include India, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong China, Chinese Taipei, Uzbekistan and Indonesia. For this Junior championship, there is an age appropriation in place which requires all the participating athletes to have born on or after 1 Jan 2002 making them 21 years old or less.
The top five teams India, China, Korea, Japan and Malaysia got an automatic qualification based on their world rankings; Kazakhstan, Hong Kong China, Chinese Taipei, Uzbekistan and Indonesia won their qualification from the Women’s Junior AHF Cup held in Taldykorgan Kazakhstan in October 2022.
Top three teams from the title tournament will qualify to FIH Women’s Junior Hockey World Cup 2023.
“The Asian Junior Competitions aim to set a benchmark, creating a significant exposure and developmental opportunity for our young athletes in Asia. We aspire our youth to experience only the best.” said the President Asian Hockey Dato Fumio Ogura.