London 2012 Field Hockey Celebrated With Google Doodle

    August 1, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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At this year’s Olympic Games, twelve men’s and twelve women’s teams are competing for medals in the sport of field hockey. Men’s field hockey debuted as part of the Olympics way back in 1908, while women’s field hockey didn’t earn a spot in the rotation of sports until 1980, when the Games were held in Moscow.

An interesting mix of ice hockey and soccer, field hockey is played 11 v. 11 for two 35-minute halves, with the objective of hitting or “flicking” the ball into the opponent’s goal with sticks. Much of the terminology and rules of the game are reminiscent of soccer, however kicking of the ball is not permitted. In many parts of the world, the sport is simply referred to as “hockey.” But in countries where a sport like ice hockey is the norm, it takes on the name of “field hockey.”

The Olympic field hockey is set up in a two tournament format – one for the women and one for the men. Each gender has been divided into two pools of six teams, with the top two teams in each pool moving on the semifinals for a heads up match to determine who will face off in the gold medal match.

In all, 192 men and 192 women will participate in field hockey at the London 2012 Games.

All of the field hockey games this year are being played at London’s Riverbank Arena, which wasn’t completed until the beginning of this year. Riverbank Arena boasts a blue pitch (playing area), and it’s the first time in history that Olympic field hockey is being played on anything other than a green pitch.

On Tuesday, the United States women’s team pulled off a stunner, beating favored Argentina 1-0. It marked only the second time that the U.S. had ever beaten Argentina in major competitions.

Today’s Google Doodle is the 6th since the Game began on Friday. Google is celebrating a different sport each day with their Doodles.

[Image courtesy London2012 site]
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    • Gail

      Playing ‘goalie’ was always my favorite position to play…

    • john

      Hey yooo f*king non-english speaking inbred, go learn some english.” then talk.

  • Isabella Greene

    So excited for the hockey olympic games!!!!! Go South Africa!!!!!

  • Josh Actor

    Joshua, get your facts straight! The US women’s team has beaten the Argentinians more than once before; only one had been at a major tournament.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/josh-wolford Josh Wolford

      corrected. thanks.

  • Susan

    Always a big fan of Google Doodles, both their creativity and artistic/technical merits, I find these Olympics doodles to be exceedingly amateurish and unattractive. Is there a subliminal message?

  • Googler

    SO…is the 2nd “O” in GOOGLE her Boobs? And the 2nd “G” is her Butt?

  • Jane Smith

    Is Google racist? This would have never pasted the Melissa Mayer test. It appears in the most recent ‘Google Doodle’ that the company has utilized the bust of a Black woman as the second “o” and her rump as the “g” in the background “Google.”

  • P Bach

    The Olympic Google doodles suck…The one they did for Memorial day sucked even more. F You Google.

  • Sophie

    And then they were beaten 7-0 in the prelims by RSA. Wow.