Field Hockey is one of the most popular games played in India in the category of team sports and is recognized as the country’s national sport. It is the main variant of the game of hockey and as a result is often just referred to as “hockey” in India. The game gets the term “Field Hockey” in countries like Canada where the term hockey refers mainly to Ice Hockey. This game is considered to be an important sport and features several world renowned tournaments and championship series such as the Hockey World Cup and the Champions Trophy. The sport is also featured in main stream international sports competitions like the Olympic Games and also in the Commonwealth Games.
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How Field Hockey Is Played
Hockey or Field hockey is a team sport that can be played both outdoors and indoors and features 6 players on each team. The game is played using special hockey sticks and a small hard ball much like the size of a cricket ball. The objective of the game is for the team to score a goal by hitting the ball into the goal of the opposing team.
The sticks used vary depending on then court that is being used, For instance, ice hockey features ice sticks, while most Field hockey games use wooden sticks. The court is 40 meters x 20 meters is most cases, and features shooting circles of 9 meters.
According to the rules of the game, hockey players are not allowed to raise or hit the ball outside the confines of the circle.
Field Hockey in India
Hockey enjoys a strong presence in India and the Indian hockey team is reputed to be one of the strongest in the world, having won 8 gold medals and 1 silver medal in the Olympics. The team also has 2 bronze medals to its credit gained in the Olympics.
The International Hockey Federation and the Indian Olympic Association work together with a specially appointed National election committee to manage the team and Indian hockey. Both the Indian men’s hockey team and the women’s hockey team are managed by the committee. However, the title of the Indian Hockey Team is used by the national men’s hockey team. The International Hockey Federation is the mina governing body for hockey all over the world and the rules established by it are followed rigorously
Hockey India and Premier Hockey League
Hockey India is the name of the federation that governs hockey in India. The federation has been the organization responsible for hosting the Premier Hockey League or the PHL in 2005 for the first time. Unfortunately this league has been disbanded and the competitions stopped in 2008.
There are several national filed hockey tournaments that take place all over India. Some of the tournaments hosted in India at national levels include the All India Hockey Tournament, the All India MCC Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, the All India Beighton Cup Hockey Tournament, the All India Gurmeet Memorial Hockey Tournament and the All India Bombay Gold Cup Hockey Tournament. India also hosts events for juniors and occasionally senior players.