Amazing Facts about Field Hockey
(Last Updated On: December 31, 2016)
Some Amazing Facts about Field Hockey
- The modern game grew from Scotland in the early 19th century.
- The original name of Field Hockey is “Shinty”.
- Ice Hockey is the most popular sport of Canada, but most of the Canadians do not know anything about Field Hockey.
- Field Hockey can be played both indoors and outdoors. Outdoor hockey has 10 players plus a goalkeeper for each team, whereas in the indoor hockey there are 4 players plus a goalkeeper for each team.
- Players can be substituted as many times and at any time in the game.
- There are only right handed hockey sticks. The left handed hockey sticks are not allowed.
- There are two referees on the hockey field officiating the game.
- When a player is blocked, intentionally or unintentionally, it is called an obstruction.
- The stroke which has gone inside the goal post from outside of the 16 yard semi circle does not count as a goal.
- Unlike Soccer, there is no Off-Side rule in Field Hockey.
- To consider a field hockey game as an official game, it must be played on FIH approved turf which can be grass, astro turf or water based turf.
- There is only one water based turf in the world which is available at the Cassie Campbell Community Center in Brampton town in Ontario, Canada.
- There are more field hockey players in college than in any sports in the world.
- In the 2012 London Olympics, Field Hockey was the 3rd most watched sport.
- Field Hockey has the fastest speed of swing, even more than golf and baseball.
- Field Hockey is played by over a 3, 000, 000 players spread over 100 countries and 5 continents.
- There are three different ways to score in Field Hockey – field goal, penalty corner and penalty stroke.
- Along with Soccer and Cricket, Field Hockey is the 3rd most watched sport of the world.
- Field Hockey is an Olympic Sport. It is also played in other tournaments and major sporting events.
- The major Field Hockey Tournaments are The FIH Hockey World Cup, The Olympics, The Commonwealth Games, The Asian Games, Champions Trophy and Sultan Azlanshah Trophy.
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