Field Hockey Trivia
The sport is played by competitors from Germany, Netherlands, England, Ireland, Poland, Azerbaijan, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Korea, India, Argentina etc. According to 2009 international poll, Netherlands ranks the first, Argentina - the second, and China - the third.
On the national level, the International Board of Field Hockey organizes various competitions:
- for men: World Cup
- for women: World Cup Qualifiers
- for men and women: Nations Championship, Nations Trophy, Nations Challenge (Europe), Oceania Cup, Asian Games, Pan American Games, Olympic Games
Some of the most important competitions at the club level are in:
1) Europe: Club Champions Cup - Challenge, Cup Winners Cup - for women
Euro Hockey League, Club Trophy, and Club Challenge - Men
2) Surrey Cup (North America), Asian Clubs Champions Cup (Asia)
Few of the best field hockey club teams are HC's Hertogenbosch (Netherlands), UHC Hamburg (Germany), Amsterdam H & BC (Netherlands), Atasport (Azerbaijan), Surrey Lions.
The winners of the Euro Hockey League get 20,000 Euros, the runner-up club - 10,000 Euros, and the third positioned one - 5,000 Euros. On top of this, the player that played the best receives a cheque worth 5,000 Euros.
This sport has been attracting more and more fans around the world. Recently, a movie based on hockey called "Chak De India" was released in Bollywood which was a hit.