USA women confirmed their place in the hockey event at Rio 2016 at the Pan Am Games this morning
USA women won their semi-final match at the Pan Am Games and will meet Argentina in the final
Qualification criteria means that USA take their place in the line-up of teams going to Rio
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have confirmed that USA women have qualified for the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
USA women beat Canada in their semi-final match last week, to confirm their place in the final of the Pan Am Games hockey event and ultimately their place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Argentina women won the other semi-final in Toronto and have already qualified for Rio through the Hockey World League Semi-Finals.
With both teams in the final, qualification for USA women is guaranteed, either as winner of the Pan Am Games (Continental Champions) or the next highest ranked placed team from the Hockey World League Semi-Finals should the Continental Champion already have qualified.
USA women join the eight teams already qualified for Rio 2016. Korea as Asian Games Champions and Great Britain, China, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and Argentina through the Hockey World League Semi-Finals. New Zealand women also joined the line up yesterday.
Host Nation Brazil women failed to meet the qualification criteria and their place went to New Zealand as the next highest ranked placed team at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals.
The remaining three Olympic places (women) will not be finalised until after the Continental Championships which finish in October this year. For more information on the qualifying process and to track who has qualified, click here for the men and here for the women.