Beijing Olympics 2008 Hockey

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.


Playing Field:
  • 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:
  • Kicker
  • Pitch
  • Stick
  • Helmet (goalie)
  • Elbow pads (Goalie)
  • Leg pads (goalie)
  • Blocker (goalie)
  • Shoe blocker
  • Shin pads
  • Shoes
  • Ball
  • Goal
  • 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.

Athlete Quote:
  • 192 men (12 teams of 16 players each)
  • 192 women (12 teams of 16 players each)
  • Total of 384 athletes