1st October 2017: The European Hockey Federation (EHF) and the Euro Hockey League (EHL) are pleased to confirm the fixture schedule for next Easter’s KO16/KO8 competition in HC Rotterdam as the knock-out phase of the world’s premier club hockey tournament kicks in.

It promises to be a spectacular event with 16 of the continent’s best club sides going in full pursuit of the Alain Danet Trophy with a series of mouth-watering ties on the cards.

Friday 30 March sees English club Holcombe and Spanish side Real Club de Polo open the weekend’s action at 12.45h (CET) before Belgian newcomers Herakles make their debut against Atlètic Terrassa (15.00h).

Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles face recently crowned Russian champions Dinamo Kazan at 17.15h before the marquee tie of the day features a rematch between 2016 champions SV Kampong and 2017 winners KTHC Rot Weiss Köln at 19.30h.

Saturday’s action begins with the return of Ireland’s Three Rock Rovers to the competition after a nine-year absence to face the ROUND1 surprise package Saint Germain at 11.30h.

Racing Club de France take on Uhlenhorst Mülheim in the next tie at 13.45h before hosts HC Rotterdam take on German champions Mannheimer HC at 16.00h.

The KO16 closes out with a battle between EHL royalty with KHC Dragons facing two-time champions HC Bloemendaal at 18.15h.

In addition to top class hockey, the fan experience promises to be one a special one following sold out dates last year for the KO16 in Eindhoven. To that end, tickets for the KO16/KO8 will go on sale on Thursday 2 November at 12.00h (CET) via the EHL website.

Online prices for adults will be €20 per day and €65 for a four day “Passepartout” which offers access to all four days of the KO16/KO8. These prices will be discounted if bought before February 1 2018 with daily tickets €17 and a Passepartout €55. Tickets will be more expensive when purchased at the gate on match days.

Youth tickets for age five to 16 will be available online for €12.50 (discounted to €10 until February 1 2018) and €40 for a Passepartout (€32.50 on the early bird offer).

EHL 2017-2018      KO16 and KO8 match schedule

30 March-2 April 2018 at HC Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NED)

Friday 30 March  

M1     12.45h        KO16 Holcombe HC vs Real Club de Polo

M2     15.00h        KO16 Royal Herakles HC vs Atlètic Terrassa HC

M3     17.15h        KO16 Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles vs Dinamo Kazan

M4     19.30h        KO16 SV Kampong vs KTHC Rot Weiss Köln

Saturday 31 March

M5     11.30h        KO16 Saint Germain HC vs Three Rock Rovers

M6     13.45h        KO16 RC de France vs HTC Uhlenhorst Mülheim

M7     16.00h        KO16 HC Rotterdam vs Mannheimer HC

M8     18.15h        KO16 KHC Dragons vs HC Bloemendaal

Sunday 1 April

M9     10.30h        KO8 ranking match – Loser M1 vs Loser M2

M10   12.45h        KO8 ranking match – Loser M4 vs Loser M3

M11   15.00h        KO8 Winner M4 vs Winner M3

M12   17.15h        KO8 Winner M1 vs Winner M2

Monday 2 April

M13   09.15h        KO8 ranking match – Loser M8 vs Loser M5

M14   11.30h        KO8 ranking match – Loser M6 vs Loser M7

M15   13.45h        KO8 Winner M8 vs Winner M5

M16   16.00h        KO8 Winner M6 vs Winner M7

Note: Match times and schedule subject to change due to the requirements of television or other factors as determined by EHL.

KO16 = KNOCK OUT 16 (ROUND 2)

KO8 = KNOCK OUT 8 (ROUND 3 / QUARTER FINALS)

KO8 ranking match = losing teams of KO16 matches