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Ice hockey and field hockey are the two varieties. Two teams of 11 players—ten infield players and one goalkeeper—compete against one another in the sport of field hockey at the Olympic Summer Games. The object of the game is to score as many goals as possible into the opposing team’s net. Players hit a hard ball that is slightly bigger than a tennis ball with a stick that has a rounded end.


Who invented hockey, where did it happen, and when?

For thousands of years, people have played hockey in different forms in Egypt (4,000 BC), Ethiopia (1,000 BC), and Iran (2,000 BC). While the game was played in various forms by the Romans, Greeks, and Aztecs, the current version first appeared in England in the middle of the 19th century.

The first official set of rules for hockey was established in 1876 when the first Hockey Association was founded in the UK. Nine clubs that were founding members of the association brought it back ten years after it had only lasted six years.

What hockey rules are in place?

There are four 15-minute periods in a 60-minute hockey match. Eleven players take the field, but substitutes are allowed to enter at any point and as often as they’d like.

A hard ball is hit by players with a hooked stick in the direction of a 3.66-by-2.14-meter goal. The goals, which measure 91 by 55 meters, are encircled by a D-shaped shooting area that is the only spot from which a goal may be scored.

In the event that a knockout stage match ends in a draw, a penalty shootout is used.

A hockey game lasts how long?

Four quarters of fifteen minutes each make up the whole sixty minutes of a field hockey match.

The Olympics and hockey

Germany, France, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales were the six competitors in the first Olympic hockey competition for men, which took place in London in 1908.

Hockey was eliminated from the Stockholm Games in 1912 but was added back to Antwerp in 1920. It was then removed once more in Paris in 1924.

After founding the French National Hockey Association in 1920, Paul Léautey went on to found the International Hockey Federation (FIH), the world governing body, four years later. This guarantee saw hockey become a regular feature of the Olympics starting in Amsterdam in 1928.

Zimbabwe won the inaugural women’s hockey tournament in Moscow in 1980, the year it was introduced.

The best hockey players to follow

Eva de Goede has represented the Netherlands women in the final five Olympic cycles, including four of them in Beijing (2008), London (2012), Tokyo 2020, and Rio (2016). Argentina is a team to watch, having won silver or bronze in the last five Olympic Games, with the seasoned Agustina Albertarrio—a silver medallist from Tokyo 2020—being especially important. Great Britain and Germany broke those winning cycles for the Dutch women in Rio 2016 and Athens 2004, respectively.

Eddie Ockenden of Australia has won numerous gold medals in the men’s division over his career, including two World Cup golds and seven Champions Trophy top spots.

Formerly dominating India, which won eight gold medals and six straight titles in the men’s division between 1928 and 1956, has made way for a more global distribution of the spoils as champions from Tokyo 2020, Argentina, the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium have all claimed Olympic titles since 1992.

Regulations and structure of the Paris 2024 hockey competition

The 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris’ field hockey competitions are slated to take place at Stade Yves-du-Manoir, a venue that dates back to the 1924 Summer Olympics, from July 27 to August 9, 2024.

There will be twenty-four teams competing in their respective tournaments—twelve for men and women.

Both a preliminary round and thrilling knockout rounds for the quarterfinals, semifinals, bronze medal, and gold medal matches comprise the competition’s two phases.




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