History of Hockey:
- Hockey is said to have originated in 2000 BC.
- Hockey officially emerged as a competition support in Europe during the nineteenth century.
- Hockey was introduced to the Olympic programme in 1908.
- Hockey for women was introduced in 1980.
- Men compete in a 12-team tournament while women compete in a 10-team tournament.
- The field of play must be rectangular.
- Length: 91.40 meters
- Width: 55.00 meters.
- Side-lines: mark the longer perimeters of the field.
- Backlines: mark the shorter perimeters of the field.
- A centre-line: is marked across the middle of the field.
- Areas referred to as the “circles” are marked inside the field around the goals.
- Penalty spots 150 mm in diameter are marked in front of the centre of each goal.
- All lines are 75 mm wide.
- Flag-posts: are placed at each corner of the field.
- Goals: are positioned outside the ?eld of play at the centre of each back-line.
Equipment For Hockey Event:
- Helmet (goalie)
- Elbow pads (Goalie)
- Leg pads (goalie)
- Blocker (goalie)
- Shoe blocker
- Shin pads
- Hand protectors "blocker" for the goalkeeper
Competition Rules For Hockey:
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) will be responsible for the following:
- Rules of Hockey and the Tournament Regulations
- Pursuant to the Olympic Charter
- Technical control and direction of Hockey in the Olympic Games.
- Appointment of International Technical Officials
Beijing Olympics 2008 Hockey Venue:
The hockey event of the 29th Olympic Games will be held at the Olympic Green Hockey Field in Beijing from August 10-23, 2008.
- 192 men (12 teams of 16 players each)
- 192 women (12 teams of 16 players each)
- Total of 384 athletes