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HISTORY

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Hockey is one of the oldest known ball and stick games. The roots of hockey are buried deep in antiquity. Historical records show that a crude form of hockey was played in Egypt 4,000 years ago, and in Ethiopia around 1,000 BC. Various museums offer evidence that a form of the game was played by Romans and Greeks, and by the Aztec Indians in South America several centuries before Columbus landed in the New World. The modern game of hockey evolved in England in the mid-18th century, primarily around schools. 

The first Olympic Hockey Competition for men was held in London in 1908 with England, Ireland and Scotland competing separately. After having made its first appearance in the 1908 Games, hockey was subsequently dropped from the 1912 Stockholm Games, and reappeared in 1920 in Antwerp before being omitted again in Paris in 1924.

WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT?

Hockey is a fast, intense game played by two opposing teams made up of attackers, midfielders, defenders and a goalkeeper.

Players use curved sticks to advance the ball towards the other team’s goal. The team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins.

Each team has 16 players, only 11 of which are permitted on the pitch at any one time. The remaining five players, the substitutes, can be used an unlimited number of times in the course of a game.

Matches are played over two 35 minute halves. If the score is tied at the end of the game a shoot-out competition will commence.

THE MOST COMMON RULES

Suspension card: Suspension cards are given for warnings and suspensions. A green card results in international games gives you an automatic two-minute suspension, a yellow card is a minimum five minute suspension and a red card is an immediate suspension.

Shooting circle: A D-shaped arc in front of each goal. Goals can only be scored from within the shooting circle.

Penalty corner: These are awarded for a variety of different infringements by the defending team. Penalty corners are taken from the back line, 10m either side of the nearest goalpost, and only five players are allowed to defend penalty corners.

DO YOU WANT TO JOIN THE SPORT IN FINLAND?

Finnish Hockey Association welcomes all foreign hockey players, fans and supporters to join the sport in Finland. We play two separate seasons here; summer season (Field Hockey) from May to September and winter season (Indoor Hockey) from November to March. During the winter months we arrange indoor practices to prepare for the outdoor season, which usually starts around the beginning of May and runs until the end of September.

Whether you are an experienced hockey player, a back garden ace, or a complete beginner you will find that Finnish Hockey Association will be able to cater for your playing needs. 

Use our contact form on our contacts page or send us an e-mail directly if you are interested in playing hockey or just need some information about this wonderful game.

We look forward to hearing from you!

FINNISH FIELD HOCKEY NEWS:

February 2015

HC Kilppari finished 2nd place in EuroHockey Indoor Club Challenge II (Kamchia Bulgaria). This means that Finnish club team received a historically promotion to EuroHockey Indoor Club Challenge I for next indoor season!

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September 2014

HC Kilppari from Turku won Finnish men Championship in field hockey 2014.

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View the whole story: 

http://www.eurohockey.org/featured/finland-hc-kilppari-turku-won-finnish-championship-season-2014/

May 2014 

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HT-85 from Hämeenlinna won under 12-boys field hockey tournament in Finland.

View the whole story:

http://www.punjabiinholland.com/news/6383-ht-85-hmeenlinna-won-under-12-boys-field-hockey-tournament-in-finland.aspx

May 2014 

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New hockey pitch construction work started in Seinäjoki!

View the whole story:

http://www.punjabiinholland.com/news/6382-new-hockey-pitch-construction-works-started-in-seinjoki.aspx

March 2014

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EHF Coaches 4 Europe (C4E) was launched in 2013-2014. 2 coaches from Finland (Anssi Ojala & Tommi Rantala) are also taking a part of this course:

"C4E -program seems really interesting. This will bring a lot of value to our finnish club teams, says Anssi Ojala.

View the whole story:

http://eurohockey.org/welcome/coaches-4-europe-c4e/

March 2014

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HC Kilppari (Turku) won the Finnish Championship of season 2013-2014 in Indoor Hockey.