How field hockey has evolved to this day?
Officially field hockey began in London in the early 19th century, when the Blackheath Football and Hockey Club were created in 1861. Then in 1871 the Teddington Hockey Club was formed. Later in 1875 the English Association of Hockey was founded, and in 1894 the Irish Association of Hockey was founded, and they began to dispute several international games until the sport was included in the Olympic Games of 1908. India and Pakistan dominated this sport for several decades.
In 1901 Constance Applebee introduced hockey in the US while taking a summer course at Harvard University. The enthusiasm for field hockey spread rapidly in schools, and in 1920 it began to expand into public universities. In 1922 the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA) was created to promote and manage women's hockey. Meanwhile, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) was created in Paris in 1924 to coordinate and promote international competitions, as well as to regulate the sport rules.
Male field hockey began in the United States in 1928 with a match between the Westchester Hockey Club and the Germantown Cricket Club, and the same year the American Hockey Association (FHAA) was created to manage men's hockey promotion in the US. Both associations merged (1993) forming the American Association of Field Hockey (USFHA). The US men's team competed in their first Olympic Games in 1932 in Los Angeles, where they won the bronze medal in a three-team tournament. Today, field hockey is an Olympic sport that has 121 national federations, has world championships in Europe, South America, North America, and Pan American Games, as well as the leagues of each country. Today, countries such as Germany, Argentina, Australia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom internationally dominate field hockey, and it’s growing in the US with a prestigious and competitive level.
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