This article contains some valuable tips which can be used to
develop field hockey drills, field hockey plays, and assist with
field hockey coaching.
Field Hockey field of play
Diagram of a hockey field
Most hockey field dimensions were originally fixed using whole
numbers of imperial measures and are expressed as such in this
article. It is, nevertheless, the metric measurements shown in
parenthesis which are the current official dimensions of the field
of play as laid down by the International
Hockey Federation (FIH) in the "Rules of Hockey 2005".
The game is played between two teams of eleven players on a 100
× 60 yard (91.4 m × 55 m) rectangular field. At each end there is a
goal 7 feet (2.14 m) high and 12 feet (3.66 m) wide, and a
semi-circle 16 yards (14.63 m) from the goal known as the
shooting circle (or D or arc), with a dotted
line 5 yards (5 m) from the semi-circle, as well as lines across
the field 25 yards (22.9 m) from each end-line and in the center of
the field. A spot, called the penalty spot, is placed 7 yards (6.4
m) from the center of each goal.
Traditional grass pitches are far less common in modern hockey
with most hockey being played on synthetic surfaces. Since the
1970's sand based pitches were favoured as they dramatically speed
up the pace of the game. However, in recent years there has been a
massive increase in the number of 'water based' artificial turfs.
Indeed, international hockey is now predominantly played on this
surface as it requires a greater level of ball control due to the
less predictable nature of the surface.