Field hockey, called just “hockey” outside of the United States and Canada, is traditionally played in an 11v11 game format. It is played by men and women in the Olympic Games on a 100-yard by 60-yard field. All high schools and colleges in the United States play 11v11 full-field.
Field hockey is considered the third most popular and widely played team sport in the world. It is played in more than 135 countries and is the most gender equal sport. The rules and equipment are exactly the same for men and women.
In the United States, more that 1,800 high schools field varsity girl’s field hockey teams. Almost 300 NCAA colleges and universities boast women’s varsity teams across the Division I, II and III levels, and the sport is scholarship based at select Division I and II schools. In addition, almost 200 college or universities field club teams for intramural and competitive interscholastic co-ed play.
A full-field with 11v11 play is way too big for young boys and girls just beginning the game. See GAME ON for official small-sided game rules and adapt them as needed to suit the needs of beginner athletes and facilities availability.
USA Field Hockey offers 11v11 play at national events for the U-14, U-16, U-19 and adult age divisions.