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With its team ethic, high-octane action and plenty of goals, hockey has been thrilling the Olympic audience since London 1908, with women’s teams joining in at Moscow 1980. In Rio, there are men’s and women’s competitions.
Spectator's Guide - Hockey
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Schedule & Results

Hockey

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About

About

Aim of the game

Two teams of 11 players use sticks to control, dribble, pass and shoot a ball – the side that scores the most goals wins

Why should you watch this?

One of the oldest Olympic sports, hockey boasts great skill and bravery, plenty of goals, clever tactics and thrilling penalty shoot-outs

International Federation

Olympic debut

London 1908

Rules
  • Flick

    Flick

    To pass the ball in the air with a flick of the stick

  • Obstruction

    Obstruction

    A foul in which the player uses their stick or body to shield the ball from an opponent

  • Push-pass

    Push-pass

    Technique used for more accurate passes and shots along the ground, in which the player pushes the ball rather than hitting hit

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  • The first record of the sport is from Ancient Egypt, 4000 years ago

    The first record of the sport is from Ancient Egypt, 4000 years ago

  • The first recorded club was the Blackheath Hockey Club, formed in Britain in 1861

    The first recorded club was the Blackheath Hockey Club, formed in Britain in 1861

  • Pakistan’s men defeated India 1-0 in the final of the Rome 1960 Games, ending India’s 32-year run as Olympic champions

    Pakistan’s men defeated India 1-0 in the final of the Rome 1960 Games, ending India’s 32-year run as Olympic champions

  • The Zimbabwe team took the first gold when the women's game debuted at the Moscow 1980 Games

    The Zimbabwe team took the first gold when the women's game debuted at the Moscow 1980 Games

  • At the London 2012 Games, the Dutch women became three-time Olympic champions, beating Argentina in the final

    At the London 2012 Games, the Dutch women became three-time Olympic champions, beating Argentina in the final

  • India’s men won six consecutive Olympic titles between 1928 and 1956, remaining undefeated for 30 matches, and scoring 197 goals along the way

    India’s men won six consecutive Olympic titles between 1928 and 1956, remaining undefeated for 30 matches, and scoring 197 goals along the way

  • Argentina is the only South American country to have won an Olympic medal in hockey, their women’s team having claimed two silvers and two bronzes

    Argentina is the only South American country to have won an Olympic medal in hockey, their women’s team having claimed two silvers and two bronzes

  • Hockey is the only team sport to have had Olympic medal-winners from every continent

    Hockey is the only team sport to have had Olympic medal-winners from every continent

  • Until 1970, Olympic hockey matches were played on grass. The switch to synthetic surfaces made the game faster

    Until 1970, Olympic hockey matches were played on grass. The switch to synthetic surfaces made the game faster

  • The match format has been changed for Rio 2016, with four quarters of 15 minutes replacing the two 35-minute halves used at London 2012

    The match format has been changed for Rio 2016, with four quarters of 15 minutes replacing the two 35-minute halves used at London 2012

Duration

Matches are divided into four 15-minute quarters.

Teams

Each team has 11 players including the goalkeeper, who is the only person allowed to touch the ball with their body. He or she uses protective pads on the head, chest, legs and arms.

Goals

Goals may only be scored from within the designated semi-circle, marked with a radius of 14.63m from the middle of the base line. A hockey goal is 2.14m high and 3.66m wide.

Short Corner

Unintentional fouls committed by the defending team within the shooting circle are penalised with a short corner (also known as a penalty corner), in which the ball is passed to the edge of the area from a position marked on the base line and must exit and re-enter the area for a resulting goal to be valid.

Equipment

Made of carbon fibre, Kevlar, and fibreglass, hockey sticks weigh between 250 and 700 grams, and cannot be more than 5cm in diameter.

Made of hard plastic and cork, a hockey ball weighs about 160g and is 2.3cm in circumference.

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Stats

Top Medalists

Men
IND
IND
8 1 2 11
GBR
GBR
3 2 4 9
NED
NED
2 4 3 9
Women
NED
NED
3 1 3 7
ARG
ARG
0 2 2 4
AUS
AUS
3 0 0 3

Countries

Athletes

Athletes & Teams

Gender

Gender
Woman 50
Men 50
Women
Men

Age Range

Age Range
Under 15 0
16 - 20 4
21 - 25 37
26 - 30 44
31 - 40 16
Over 40 0
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