All twelve of the Hockey Premier League's male teams have confirmed their participation for the ninth edition of the ABN AMRO Cup. Among the twelve teams are three that were promoted to the Premier League this season: Qui Vive, Tilburg, and Almere. The ABN AMRO Cup's first round will will be hosted by the Dutch hockey clubs Athena, Rosmalen, Klein Zwitserland, and Abcoude on Thursday 1 September. The second round, including the final, will be played at HC Rotterdam on 3 and 4 September.
After eight prior editions, the ABN AMRO Cup has become the traditional kick-off of the Premier League season. Teams are competing to win the Jan Hagendijk Trophy, which is currently in the hands Amsterdam's defending team.
Newly contending in the ninth edition are Qui Vive, Tilburg, and Almere, all three of which are freshly promoted into the Premier League. For Almere and Qui Vive, this will be their very first chance to participate in the ABN AMRO Cup. The preliminaries will be played on Thursday 1 September at four clubs across the Netherlands, all sponsored by ABN AMRO: HC Athena (Amsterdam), MHC Rosmalen, HC Klein Zwitserland (The Hague), and HV Abcoude. During the day, all kinds of activities will be available for the youth teams, after which they can enjoy watching the ABN AMRO Cup matches.
On Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September, just like last year, the second round and the finals will take place at HC Rotterdam. All twelve clubs will deliver some action on both days. The tournament programme will be complemented by all kinds of side activities, including clinics and the ABN AMRO Test Centre. There will also be a Meet & Greet and a press conference with ABN AMRO's hockey ambassadors, who will have made it back just in time from Rio with the Olympic hockey team.
All ABN AMRO Cup days are free of admission.