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FIELD HOCKEY

How to select a stick? Terminology Player Positions Umpire Signals

Player Positions

In the game of Field Hockey two teams of eleven players are on the field at one time. The team consists of ten field players and one goalie. The field players can be put into the general categories  of attackers, defenders and midfielders.  Basically, the attackers are on attack, the defenders are generally on defense, and the midfielders do a little of each. 

Player Position Responsibility
 Forwards/Inners
(Attackers)

Work with the wings to make up the front line of the offensive attack. Inners generally play in the center of the field, and are the team’s primary goal scorers
Left/Right Wings
(Attackers)
Play along left and right side of the field on the front line of the offense. Wings advance the ball down the sidelines and pass it toward the middle of the field in efforts to set up scoring opportunities.
Midfielders Considered the most versatile players on the field as they play both offense and defense. Links are generally positioned between the forwards and the defenders. They are mainly responsible for moving the ball from the defense up to the forwards so they can score.
Fullbacks and Sweeper (Defenders) They play in their team’s defensive half in front of the goalkeeper. Defenders help keep the ball out of the striking circle by sending it up to the midfielders. They are the final line of defense before the goalie. 

Goalkeeper

Plays directly in front of the goal to block shots by the opposing players. The goalie is the only player on the field allowed to touch the ball with any part of her body, but can do so only when she is inside her own striking circle.
 

Sample Lineup

  Teams may line up in varying “formations” usually consisting of four forward-line players, three midfielders, three defenders, and one goalkeeper. Substitutions may take place at anytime.   Below is a sample lineup.