A Brief History Of Field Hockey

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Introduction

A Brief History
Field hockey originated about 4000 years ago (iSport, 2016). Ancient drawings were found by archaeologists in the Beni Hasan tombs in the Nile Valley in Egypt of men playing a simpler version of the game (Man, 2016).
In the middle ages various “hockey-like games” emerged in different European countries, “Cambuca” in England, “Shinty” in Scotland, “Jeu de mail” in France and “Het kolven” in the Netherlands (iSport, 2016). The modern hockey we know today was formed in the mid-1800s in England (BC, 2016).
The Rules
The rules of field hockey are very similar to the rules of soccer except that players must use their sticks instead of their feet to play the ball (Federation, 2015). There are 11 players on a team made up of a goalkeeper, defenders, midfielders and forwards, the only player on the field who is allowed to use their feet and hands as well as their stick is the goalkeeper (Federation, 2015). Probably the key rules differential between field hockey and soccer lies with there being no offside rule in field hockey allowing for an extremely fast, potentially high scoring and exciting game.
The Game
Field Hockey is an eleven aside game played on a pitch 100 yards by 60 yards with a ball which has a 23cm circumference (Federation, 2015). Each player has a stick with a rounded head to play the ball with and the objective is to score goals by putting the ball in the opposing team’s goal. Sticks are anywhere between 28 inches and 39 inches…
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