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What is Hockey? The Game The game of hockey consists of two teams with 11 players (10 field players plus a goalkeeper) trying to score a goal by hitting the hockey ball using sticks into their opponent’s goal. An international game of hockey lasts 70 minutes with two 35 minute halves and 10 minutes for half time. Often, in local competitions, the games times are reduced to 30 or 25 minutes each way with a short break for half time. Depending on the competition, there are eight and six aside alternatives. Teams will often utilise a more defensive or attacking style of play which suits their game plan – they may even replace the goalkeeper with a field player! Players' Equipment Unique to hockey is the hockey stick. It comes in a variety of heights and weights but always has one flat side and one curved side. Playing the ball can only be done with the flat side. Use of the curved side will result in a penalty. For safety reasons, mouth guards and shin pads are required for all players. Did you know? Men's hockey was introduced at the Olympics at the 1908 Games in London. It was removed from the Games in 1924, but returned in 1928 and has been a permanent feature since. 1


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