PLAY-OFFS ZONE EUROPE – FROM APRIL 30 TO MAY 8 2022
POLO CLUB DU DOMAINE DE CHANTILLY
From April 30th to May 8th, the Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly will host the play-offs of the European zone. Ten days during which five nations – France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland – will try to win two precious entries for the Federation of International Polo (FIP) World Polo Championship which will take place in the United States in Palm Beach County from 26 October to 6 November 2022
The first two games will take place on Saturday 30 April. The French team, whose selection will be announced at the end of March, will kick off the tournament. The games will take place every other day until Sunday 8 May, in a festive setting on the main field of the Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly. At the end of these qualifiers, the two top ranked teams will go to the World Cup in Palm Beach. Hopefully our men in blue will succeed that day! There will also be lunches, game commentary, entertainment and a village for everyone to enjoy.
„We are proud to host the play-offs for the Europe zone of the 12th FIP Polo World Championship in France. It will certainly be an exceptional event for French polo fans, but also for all those who wish to discover our sport in the exceptional setting of the Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly“, says Jean-Edouard Mazery, President of the French Polo Federation.
„After hosting the FIP World Championship in 2004, the Chantilly Polo Club will welcome the Zone C play-offs for the second time. We are delighted and honored to host this high-level event and hope that it will strengthen furthermore the presence and reputation of our club in the world „, says Arnaud de Chênevarin, President of the Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly.
More than twenty-five nations will compete in five different zones or regions in order to qualify for the world championship. In the end, only eight international teams will be allowed to participate in the final phase of this highly anticipated event. As the host country, the United States are automatically qualified, as is the title defender Argentina. Another team that has already qualified is Uruguay, who postponed the Zone B play-offs in January in Punta Del Este.
The FIP World Polo Championship is hosted every three or four years by a different country, with the last one having been held in Australia in 2017. Due to the global pandemic, the tournament scheduled for 2020 has been moved to Palm Beach County in 2022, making this only the second time in history that the tournament will be held in the United States.