History Of Field Hockey

History Of Field Hockey

Lilly Fischer, Staff Writer

Field Hockey is a world wide sport played by both men and women and is offered in many schools around the world, but what is the origin of this underrated activity? Field Hockey originated in England and other European countries in the 1800s, although it can be traced back to the earliest civilizations of the world. The first known club was formed in 1849 in South-East London.

The game of Field Hockey was first brought to the United States in the early 19th century by a woman named Constance M.K. Applebee, although it is played in more than 100 countries around the world. The influence of Constance Applebee brought the sport to many different high schools and colleges world wide.

The sport was originally designed for men as it was considered “too dangerous” for female participation. Despite this discrimination, women quickly became active in this sport. In the United States and Canada today, Field Hockey is mainly practiced as a women’s sport though outside of these countries it is prestigiously a male sport. The sport was added to the Olympics for males in 1908 starting in London. As for women, the sport was first recognized in the Moscow Olympics in 1980.

The current best Field Hockey player in the world in 2022 is Felice Albers. Albers was able to help carry her team to the world championship this year and won an Olympic gold medal for her accomplishments. She officially made her first national team in the summer of 2019 and has since then has scored 16 times in international matches. She has been named the player of the year by the International Hockey Federation. She is a great role model for young women looking to pursue a dream in playing the sport of field hockey.