A popular variant of field hockey is indoor field hockey, which differs in a number of respects while embodying the primary principles of hockey.
Indoor hockey is a 5-a-side variant, with a field which is reduced to approximately 40 m × 20 m (131 ft × 66 ft).
The specific goal-keeping sticks have another curve at the end of the stick, this is to give them more surface area to save the ball.
2000 BCE), and in European illuminated manuscripts and other works of the 14th through 17th centuries, showing contemporary courtly and clerical life., akin to a chaotic and sometimes long-distance version of hockey or rugby football (depending on whether sticks were used in a particular local variant), was regularly played in France and southern Britain between villages or parishes.
Throughout the Middle Ages to the Early Modern era, such games often involved the local clergy or secular aristocracy, and in some periods were limited to them by various anti-gaming edicts, or even banned altogether.
The first club, the Molesey Ladies, was founded in 1887.
and though rebuffed by the Hockey Association, women's field hockey grew rapidly around the world.
Since the 1970s, Australia, the Netherlands, and Germany have dominated at the Olympics.
Women's field hockey was first played at British universities and schools.If a tie still remains, the game enters a one-on-one competition where each team chooses 5 players to dribble from the 25 yard line down to the circle against the opposing goalie.The player has 8 seconds to score on the goalie keeping it in bounds.The governing body of hockey is the International Hockey Federation (FIH, in French), with men and women being represented internationally in competitions including the Olympic Games, World Cup, World League, Champions Trophy and Junior World Cup, with many countries running extensive junior, senior, and masters club competitions.The FIH is also responsible for organising the Hockey Rules Board and developing the rules for the sport.Players use sticks made out of wood, carbon fibre, fibre glass or a combination of carbon fibre and fibre glass in different quantities (with the higher carbon fibre stick being more expensive and less likely to break) to hit a round, hard, plastic ball.