When you think about ice hockey and the great players that are involved, you think Canada, the US and maybe Russia. Other countries don’t enjoy the sport nearly as much as these do, and for a number of reasons, the main being their too busy playing hockey on the grass.
The Difference Between Ice Hockey and Field Hockey
You don’t need to be an expert to understand the fundamental difference between the two sports. One is played on a sheet of ice, while the other is played out on grass or another less brutal turf. This is likely why only countries like have learned to live with ice and snow have figured out a way to have fun with it.
While our minds are obsessing over ice hockey and the Stanley Cup, the majority of the rest of the world is making a really big deal over field hockey. This sports origins can be traced back over 4,000 years, evidenced by tomb drawings found in the Nile Valley. International events take place all over the world, all year round, with various countries and cities taking their position very seriously.
In India’s Chhattisgarh, the chief minister is so concerned about their local teams future that he has proposed an academy that focuses its attention on learning two sports, field hockey and archery. This may seem like an odd combination, but learning how to shoot a recurve bow and arrows for beginners has also become a highly coveted sport around the world. And that is not just in the warmer countries, Canadians and Americans are also going crazy over recurve bows and arrows.
Another major difference in the sports is the number of players. While in ice hockey there may be up to 12 players out in play at any given time, field hockey allows for 22, or 11 for each team. Plus in ice hockey the net is significantly smaller, adding even more challenge to the game. The shape of the puck, and the movement of the players makes ice hockey a faster paced sport overall.
While the names are similar, there is no confusing the two sports once you have become familiar with one. Ice hockey is quick and painful, with an emphasis on painful, while field hockey is laid back and not all that exciting to watch. Bear in mind that this comes from a die-hard Rangers fan.