|Governing Body:||Fédération Internationale de Hockey (FIH)|
Field hockey is one of the most popular and oldest ball and stick game played around the world. It is a fast paced exciting team sport played by two teams each consisting of 11 players on the field. The origin of the game dates back to the middle ages in England, Scotland and the Netherlands.
The highest governing body of the game is International Hockey federation having headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
To score more goals than the opponent. The players have to use the flat face of the stick to hit the ball and to shoot it past the goalkeeper into the opponent’s cage.
The game consists of two teams. Each team of 11 players is allowed on the field, including a goalkeeper. Substitutions are allowed at any time of the play except during penalty corners.
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The measurements & dimensions of the field are laid down by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). The game is played on a 100yd x 60yd rectangular field. The field is divided into four sections of 25 yards each. At each end of the field is a goal which is 7 ft. high and 12 ft. wide.
Traditionally the game was played on the grass surface, but with time and evolution in the game it is now mandatory for the entire International and most of the national competitions to play on synthetic pitches which is known as ‘turf’.