Origins

Early variations of hockey can be dated back to 200 BC in Ancient Greece, however the modern game grew from British schools in the 19th century. The game was modified by various London clubs seeing the change from a rubber cube to a sphere ball and the introduction of the shooting circles. The first international hockey match took place between Ireland and Wales in 1895.

The Hockey Association was founded in 1886 and Hockey was introduced into the Olympics in 1908.

Popularity

The popularity of women’s hockey increased rapidly around the world leading to the establishment of the Fédération Internationale de Hockey sur Gazon (FIH) in 1924 and later the International Federation of Women’s Hockey Associations (IFWHA) in 1927. Almost 43 years later men’s hockey was recognised under the FIH in 1970 and has surged in popularity since. Today England Hockey reports more registered men’s teams than women’s.

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