Field Hockey Fun Facts! Did you know...?
1. Field hockey is ranked as the third most popular sport in the world with over 2 billion fans; behind cricket (2.5 billion fans) and soccer (3.5 billion fans)
2. In North America field hockey is a female-dominated sport, while across the globe it is male-dominated.
3. Field hockey is your ticket to college. It is said that field hockey sends more athletes to college with scholarships proportionately than any other sport.
4. At the 2012 London Olympic Games, field hockey was the third most spectated sport.
5. Men’s field hockey has the fastest swing speed out of any sport, even golf or baseball, at 103 mph. (ESPN)
6. There are no left handed sticks in field hockey and players may use only one side of the stick.
7. Celebrities Heath Ledger, Emma Watson, and Jennifer Lawrence were avid field hockey players growing up.
8. Field hockey is known as simply “hockey” everywhere else in the world.
9. Players travel more than 5 miles during the course of a field hockey match.
10. Field hockey is the national sport of Holland and Holland’s women’s team won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.
11. Field hockey is also the national sport of Pakistan and India.
12. Pennsylvania has the highest number of field hockey players in the U.S.
13. The British Army helped spread field hockey throughout the British Empire, which explains its popularity in India, Pakistan, Australia, and New Zealand.