FIELD HOCKEY VS ICE HOCKEY
1.NUMBERS OF PLAYERS:
Ice hockey can have 20 players,of which six players are on ice at a time,provided there are no penalties.Of these,five plays on the ice , while one is goaltender.
In field hockey there are 16 players of which there are 11 players on the field. Field hockey has no specific positions in the team,while ice hockey has rules about the percentage of goal keepers to on ice players.
2.SIZE OF THE PLAYING AREA:
The size of the field in field hockey and the rink in ice hockey are also made to specific measurements. Ice hockey is often played indoors since it is easy to maintain the ice that way. Field hockey is played outside.
Ice hockey uses a lot protective equipment including shin guards, shoulder and elbow guards, padded pants, helmets and gloves.
Field hockey uses less gear and some players optionally wear goggles and shin pads.
Ice hockey is predominantly played in Canada and the United States while in warmer climates, field hockey is more common.
As the name suggests , field hockey is played on gravel,grass or artificial turf while ice hockey is obviously played on ice.Field hockey goals are larger than in ice hockey and the field is twice the size of the rink.
Field hockey is played with a hard ball, while ice hockey uses a three inch rubber disc or “puck” which is frozen before the game to avoid bouncing and friction.
Field hockey sticks are shaped like the letter “J” and made of composite wood, glass fiber or carbon fiber.Ice hockey is played with long sticks shaped liked the letter “L”and made of wood, composites or graphite with blade at the bottom that lies flat on the ice. The playing ends of these sticks are different from each other.
Ice hockey has more stringent rules and more timeouts than field hockey.The actual mechanics of playing the game are also very different. Despite the similarity in names and objectives , no one who has ever watched the two sports would confuse the people.