Even a little kid can tell the difference between two games from thehockey family—grass hockey and ice hockey. The most obvious distinction is hidden in the names of these kinds of sports—they are played on different surfaces. However, there are lots of other differences that go beyond the type of playing surface. And they are obvious only to the devoted and initiated hockey-lovers.
Every ice hockey team consists of only six players: one goaltender, two defensive players and three forwards (also known as the attacking line). In field hockey, there are eleven players who fight for a puck: one goaltender, five forwards, two halves and three fullbacks. The number of players in a field hockey team can vary depending on theplaying strategy or the level of the game (whether it is a championship of a simple friendly play). Field hockey has already conquered popularity in 70 countries all over the world.
Duration and place
An ice hockey game lasts one hour. It contains three periods, each twenty minutes long. Of course, ice hockey gamestake place on a surface that is covered with ice. A field hockey game is onlyten minutes longerthan its ice equivalent—it lasts 70 minutes. The play is divided into two halves (35 minutes each). Teams compete on a 60×100 yard field. The playing area is covered with grass.
Even though the purpose of both games is the same, playing equipment in these kinds of sports differs. Firstly, in ice hockey players try to shoot a puck—a little disk that is made of rubber—into the opponent’s net. Onthe grass surface, playing with such an object would be very complicated. That is why field hockey players use a rubber ball.
Secondly, theice and grasshockey goals look slightly different. In field hockey, sportsmen try to defend and attacka goal that is 7×12 feet, and in ice hockey it is 4×6 feet. Tools that help to move a puck or a ball during the game are very similar—curved sticks of different length.
And finally, it is necessary to mention that ice hockey is a high-injury sport. That is why players wear additional protective equipment to avoid serious injuries. Such equipment is especially useful when players bump into each other at very high speed.
The roots of field hockey go back to 510 BC. According to chronicles, even ancient Greeks and Aztecs enjoyed playing field hockey. The modern form of this exciting game appeared in the middle ofthe 19th century in Great Britain. The concept of ice hockey, on the other hand, was created in 1877.
These two games are considered to be the most breathtaking sports activities nowadays. They say every man should watch a live hockey match (ice or grass—it does not matter) at least once in a lifetime to experiencethe unforgettable emotions.