• The Hockeyroos and the USA in 2014 at the World Cup in The Hague. A new annual series will be played between the two teams starting 2017 (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
From 2017, the Hockeyroos will play an annual series with the USA Women's National Hockey Team.

30 Mar 2016 - 4:11 PM  UPDATED 30 Mar 2016 - 4:36 PM

Get ready for some more world class hockey to follow with a new annual series between the Hockeyroos and the USA Women's National Team starting in 2017.

Alternating locations each year, the first series kicks off in the USA late-2017 at the team's "Home of Hockey" in Philadelphia.

Each series will include between four to six games, available for TV broadcast both here and the USA and live-streamed globally.

"Currently ranked 7th, the USA team is making waves with an exciting brand of hockey," Cam Vale, Chief Executive of Hockey Australia said. 

"We are committed to creating exciting and innovating new content in Australia and playing overseas. 

"The interest we anticipate from broadcasters and commercial partners will contribute to the increasing profile of our own athletes.”

USA Field Hockey Executive Director, Simon Hoskins was equally excited about the new agreement. 

“Australia is a such a force in international hockey. We can guarantee world class hockey to spectators at the home of hockey and broadcast viewers across America.

“Our women’s national team contains an incredible set of athletes and we now will benefit from the long term planning as we look to share our sport and our Olympic team with America to ever larger audiences,” said Hoskins.

Hockey Australia will invite venues around Australia to discuss hosting the series here in 2018 and 2020.  

The agreement between Australia and USA will run for four years and is similar to other agreements Hockey Australia has signed with India, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore in the last 13 months.  

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