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  1. What are the EuroHockey Championships?

    Ireland 2017
    Image caption: Ireland lost to Austria in the 2017 semi-finals

    The EuroHockey Championships take place every two years with men's and women's tournaments which involve the eight best teams from around the continent.

    This year’s contest is being held in Antwerp, Belgium and the men's edition includes England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland as they aim not only to win the coveted title but also to secure automatic qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

    While the champions will be on their way to Japan, the bottom two teams will suffer relegation to the EuroHockey Championship II, and will be replaced by the top two teams from that tournament for the 2021 edition.

    England are the only one of the home nations to have won the men's tournament, doing so in the Netherlands in 2009, but Ireland finished third in 2015, beating England 4-2 in the third-place playoff. Wales and Scotland both earned promotion from EuroHockey II in 2017. Germany are the most successful side in EuroHockey history, with eight men's titles since the competition began in 1970.

    The eight teams are divided into two pools of four, who will compete in a round robin before the top two teams from each group advance to the semi-finals. The bottom two teams in each group will drop into Pool C, where they will play off to avoid relegation.

  2. The Scotland team

    Alan Forsyth
    Image caption: Alan Forsyth

    The Blue Sticks will be without the services of Chris Grassick thanks to injury, but Gareth Hall has been able to call up many experienced players including 133-cap veteran Alan Forsyth, who captains the side.

    Talented 18-year-old Cammy Golden has been brought into the team after helping Scotland’s U21 side to win the EuroHockey Championships II last month.

    Gareth Hall’s men are contesting their first EuroHockey Championships in the top division since suffering relegation in 2005 and will be hoping to emulate the feats of their women’s team following their victorious EuroHockey Championships II campaign.

  3. EuroHockey Championships on the BBC

    All times are BST and subject to change.

    The BBC will have live coverage of all of the home nations’ matches in both the men’s and women’s competitions, as well as the semi-finals and finals.

    All of the matches will be available to watch on the BBC Sport website and app as well via the BBC iPlayer, where you can also watch the matches back on catch-up.

    Click here for the full schedule for both the men’s and women’s matches – below is the list of Scotland matches you can watch on the BBC.

    Saturday 17 August

    12:30-14:30 – Germany v Scotland, BBC Sport website and app & Connected TV

    Sunday 18 August

    14:45-16:45 – Ireland v Scotland, BBC Sport website and app & Connected TV

    Tuesday 20 August

    17:00-19:00 – Netherlands v Scotland, BBC Sport website and app & Connected TV

    Thursday 22 August

    17:00-19:00 - 1st Pool A v 2nd Pool B, BBC Sport website and app & Connected TV

    19:30-21:30 - 1st Pool B v 2nd Pool A, BBC Sport website and app & Connected TV

    Saturday 24 August

    19:30-21:30 - Men's Final, BBC Sport website and app & Connected TV

  4. How to get into hockey

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    Video caption: Emma Watson gets back to hockey

    Hockey is in some ways like football. It's an 11 a-side team game, where the aim is to score a goal in the opposing team's net.

    There are different variations of the game, so hockey is for everyone, regardless of age, ability or gender. There's also a real social side, with a culture of team bonding off the field.

    Play Hockey is a good place to start for those who are new to the game or interested in coming back to it after years away. Simply type in your postcode to locate your nearest club.