Although you may not realize it, field hockey is one of the oldest and longest running sports in the world. It first emerged as "field hockey" in Britain, but traces of the game were found in early civilization. The game was popular among young school players, and resembled the Greek sport of hurling before it got its name.
Although field hockey is regarded as a women's sport, it is very popular among people of all ages. It is especially prominent in college levels. In fact, in 1980, field hockey was recognized as an Olympic event.
Field hockey is a competitive outdoor sport between two teams, each with 11 players. It is played on a field, otherwise known as a pitch, that is typically 100 yards x 60 yards. It resembles many other competitive outdoor sports- the object of the game is to successfully hit the game ball with the field hockey sticks off of the ground and into your goal before defenders can stop you. The game ball is small, only 9 inches in circumference, and requires a lot of control to maintain possession throughout the game.
Field hockey, like regular hockey, can often be a contact sport. Since field hockey can be a very aggressive, players wear protective equipment and referees are able to make calls against players who commit fouls. Like other competitive sports, the goal is to score the most goals by the end of the game.