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  1. What are the EuroHockey Championships?

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    Image caption: England beat Germany in the third-place playoff in 2017

    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 women's edition includes England 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 – including Scotland, who beat Italy in the final earlier in the month.

    England are the only one of the home nations to have won the women's tournament, doing so in both 1991 and 2015 as hosts. Ireland have never finished higher than fifth in the women’s version of the tournament. The Dutch are the most successful team in the tournament, winning nine of the 17 editions to have taken place.

    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 England team

    Shona McCallin
    Image caption: Shona McCallin

    Mark Hager’s side come into the tournament “excited for the challenge” and can call upon six of the British team that won gold in Rio in 2016.

    Shona McCallin, who is one of six England players who triumphed at the Olympics, is back in action after suffering a severe concussion in February last year, while Hollie Pearne-Webb captains the side.

    England finished third in 2017 and have never failed to reach the semi-finals of the tournament.

    You can read more and see the full squad here.

  3. The Ireland team

    Elizabeth Colvin and Shirley McCay
    Image caption: Elizabeth Colvin and Shirley McCay

    Newly-appointed head coach Sean Dancer has named an experienced side for the EuroHockey Championships, and will be hoping that his team can replicate the form that saw them reach the finals of the FIH World Cup in 2018.

    Although Ireland will be missing defender Megan Frazer through injury, they can call upon many of their World Cup squad including captain Katie Mullan and Shirley McCay, who has played over 250 times for the Irish in midfield.

    You can read more and see the full squad here.

  4. 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 women’s matches you can watch on the BBC.

    Saturday 18 August

    10:15-12:15 - England v Ireland, BBC Sport website and app & Connected TV

    Monday 19 August

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

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

    Wednesday 21 August

    09:00-11:00 - England v Belarus, BBC Sport website and app & Connected TV

    11:15-13:15 - Ireland v Germany, BBC Sport website and app & Connected TV

    Friday 23 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

    Sunday 25 August

    15:00-17:00 – Women’s final, BBC Sport website and app & Connected TV

  5. How to get into hockey

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    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.