Hockey in India


Hockey is often claimed as the National Game of India. It is widely considered that hockey was introduced in India by British. But there are not many theories to support it. But the game was widely played throughout the country. The first hockey club in India was set up in Calcutta in 1885-86 and later more clubs were established in Bombay and Punjab. Indian national field hockey team was the first non-European team to be a part of the International Hockey Federation.

Indian Hockey was the strongest team in the world after it won the first Olympic gold medal. It maintained the top position in 1960, after winning six gold medals in a row. The team had a 30-0 winning streak during this time, from their first game until losing in the 1960 gold medal final. India also won the 1975 World Cup. India is the most successful team ever in the Olympics, having won eight gold, one silver and two bronze medals till date.


After their gold medal win at the 1980 Olympics, the Indian Hockey team's performance began to decline. In 2016, the Indian men's team won its first ever silver medal in the Champions Trophy and reached the knockout stage of the Olympics for the first time in 40 years. As of 2018, the Indian team is ranked fifth in the world. With sponsorship falling down, the Government of Odisha for the first time sponsored the Indian national field hockey team, both men and women team. In a first-of-its-kind association, the state has decided to support the India's field hockey team for next five years.

Hockey India Captains

Manpreet SinghManpreet Singh

Hockey Indian Men team Captain: Manpreet Singh is the captain of the Indian hockey team. He will be leading the team for the upcoming World Cup in Bhubaneshwar (Odissa). Chinglensana Singh Kangujam has been appointed vice-captain while the squad also features PR Sreejesh and Krishan Bahadur Pathak as goalkeepers.He joined Hockey Team and played for India in 2011 at the age of 19. He represented India at the 2012 Summer Olympics and was named Asia's Junior Player of the Year in 2014.He was named in the Indian squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Rani RampalRani Rampal

Hockey Indian Women team Captain: Rani Rampal has been named as the captain of India Women team. She will be leading the 18-member squad for the prestigious 2018 women’s hockey World Cup tournaments. India’s defence will consist of Sunita Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka, Deepika, drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur and Reena Khokhar. In the midfield, Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz, Monika, Neha Goyal, Navjot Gaur.

Hockey India Team players

Hockey Men Team (Probables): Maninderjeet Singh, Sukhjeet Singh, Mohammed Raheel Mouseen, Rajkumar Pal, Abharan Sudev Belimagga, Jagdeep Dayal, Dilpreet Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Amit Gowda, Mohd Umar, Dharminder Singh, Pradeep Singh, Hardik Singh, Gurjant Singh, Krishan B Pathak, Suraj Karkera, Sumit Kumar, Simranjeet Singh, Manpreet, Nilakanta Sharma, Varun Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Anand Lakra, Vikas Dahiya, Gurinder Singh, Gagandeep Singh, Sumit, Dipsan Tirkey, Armaan Qureshi, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Ramandeep Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Amit Rohidas, Jarmanpreet Singh, Amon Mirash Tirkey, Surender Kumar, Mandeep Singh, Birendra Lakra, Akashdeep Singh, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran, Chinglensana Singh, Kangujam, Sunil Sowmarpet Vitalacharya, Khadangbam Kothajit Singh.

Hockey Women Team (Probables) : Birajani Ekka, Leelavathy Mallamada Jaya, Siddhi Singh, Lalremsiami, Anjali HR, Matri Ramwala, Nisha, Kruthika S.P, Kanika Raj, Chanchal, Nilanjali Rai, Rajwinder Kaur, Puja Yadav, Suman Devi Thoudam, Neelu Dadiya, Manmeet Kaur, Swati, Udita, Mahima Chaudhry, Shyama Tirgam, Jyoti, Sonika, Preeti Dubey, Anuja Singh, Rashmita Minz, Karishma Yadav, Manpreet Kaur, Reena Khokhar, Gurjit Kaur, Sunita Lakra, Nikki Pradhan, Priyanka Wankhede, Sonal Minz, Rajani Etimarpu, Deepika, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Vandana Katariya, Rani, Savita, Soundarya Yendala, Navneet Kaur, Lilima Minz, Navjot Kaur (Sr.), Neha Goyal, Anupa Barla, Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, Monika.

Hockey India Coach

Harendra Singh Harendra Singh

Harendra Singh is the current head coach of Indian Hockey Men's team. He is a Dronacharya Awardee, has been appointed as High Performance Specialist Coach for Indian Senior Women Hockey Team. He was appointed on the basis of his past performance. It should be noted that his coaching, the junior men team won the Junior Men's World Cup in 2016 (Lucknow). He was also the Chief Coach of the Senior Men Hockey team from 2008 to 2009 and National coach from 2009 to 2010. He is a Level III certified Coach.

Hockey India – President and Executive Team

Md Mushtaque AhmadMohammad Mushtaque Ahmad

Mohammad Mushtaque Ahmad is the President of Hockey India. He was elected as the President of Hockey India following the 8th Hockey India Congress and Elections. Ahmad who formerly held the Secretary-General post will now take over from outgoing President Rajinder Singh. Other members of the board include, Mr. Gyanendro Ningombam (Sr. Vice President), Mr. Rajinder Singh (Secretary General), Mr. Tapan Kumar Das (Treasurer), Ms. Asima Ali (Vice President), Mr. Bhola Nath Singh (Vice President), Ms. Asunta Lakra (Joint Secretary), Mr. Firoz Ansari (Joint Secretary).

Movies Based on Hockey in India

Unlike cricket or football, there are not many movies based on hockey in India. But there are good quality of movies, which have praised the glory of the game. Here are some of the most important movies based on hockey in India.

Chak de India

Chak De India (2007): It was a hockey film directed by Shimit Amin and produced by Aditya Chopra. The screenplay was written by Jaideep Sahni, sports scenes choreographed by Rob Miller. With Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Malvade, Sagarika Ghatge, the movie was a based on a fictional story about the Indian women's national field-hockey team, which was inspired by the team's win at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.


Harjeeta (2018): Harjeeta is a hockey based Punjabi film directed by Vijay Kumar Arora. It was inspired from true stories, starring Ammy Virk and Pankaj Tripathi. It is a story about a poor boy raised in a dysfunctional home who dreams of winning the World Cup in field hockey.


Gold: The Dream That United Our Nation (2018): It is an Indian historical sports-drama film directed by Reema Kagti. It is based upon the national hockey team's title at the 1948 Summer Olympics, starring Akshay Kumar, Mouni Roy. It is produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under the Excel Entertainment banner. The movie became the first Bollywood film ever to release in Saudi Arabia.


Soorma (2018):It is an Indian biographical sports drama film based on the life of hockey player Sandeep Singh. It is directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Sony Pictures Networks India and C.S. Films. The movie stars Diljit Dosanjh and Tapsee Pannu in lead roles. The movie plot deals with hockey player Sandeep Singh, played by Diljit Dosanjh, who was paralyzed and used a wheelchair for two years after an accidental gunshot injured him in 2006.

Hockey India Schedule (Men and Women) 2019

Date Tournament Place
Jan 07 - Jan 20 9th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2019 (B Div) Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Jan 10 - Jan 23 9th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2019 (B Div) Jabalpur, Madhya pradesh
Jan 12 - Jan 24 1st Khelo India University Games New Delhi
Jan 16 - Jan 25 53rd All India Bombay Gold Cup Hockey Tournament Mumbai
Jan 23 - Feb 01 9th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2019 (B Div) Kollam, Kerala
Jan 23 - Jan 30 All India Padma Shri Mohd. Shahid Invitational Prize Money Hockey Tournament Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Jan 31 - Feb 10 9th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2019 (A Div) Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
Jan 31 - Feb 10 9th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2019 (A Div) Kollam, Kerala
Feb 01 - Feb 10 9th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2019 (B Div) Hisar, Haryana
Feb 07 - Feb 16 12th All India Maharaja Ranjit Singh Hockey Tournament New Delhi
Feb 08 - Feb 17 9th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2019 (A Div) Hisar, Haryana
Feb 20 - Feb 24 All India Guru Nanak Dev Gold Cup Hockey Tournament Amritsar, Punjab
Mar 30 - Apr 14 36th National Games Goa
Apr 02 - Apr 11 9th Hockey India Sub Junior Women National Championship 2019 (A Div) Kokrajhar, Assam

Hockey News

Indian Hockey Committee organised some tournaments in india.

Indian Hockey Committe Tournaments

  • All India MCC Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, Chennai[T.N]

  • All India Gurmeet Memorial Hockey Tournament, Chandigarh[Punjab]

  • IndianOil Surjit Hockey Tournament, Jalandhar[Punjab]

  • All India Chhatrapati Shivaji Hockey Tournament, Delhi

  • All India Aagha Khan Hockey Tournament, Mumbai[Maharashtra]

  • All India Bombay Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, Mumbai[Maharashtra]

  • All India Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, Bhopal[M.P.]

  • All India Jawaharlal Nehru Hockey Tournament, Delhi

  • All India Lal Bahadur Shastri Hockey Tournament, Delhi

  • All India Sanjay Hockey Tournament, Delhi

  • All India K D singh Babu Memorial Invitational Prize Money Hockey Tournament, Lucknow[U.P.]

  • All India Ramesh Chander Memorial Hockey Tournament, Jalandhar[Punjab]

  • All India Liberals Hockey Tournament, Nabha

  • Indian-Hockey-Team-Incheon
  • All India Shri Shadilal Rajendra Lal Memorial Hockey Tournament, Shamli[U.P.]

  • All India Indira Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, Jammu[J & K]

  • All India Beighton Cup Hockey Tournament, Kolkata[W.B]

  • All India G.P.Kuppuswami Naidu Hockey Tournament, Kovilpatti[T.N.]

  • Senior National Hockey Tournament

  • Junior National Hockey Tournament

  • Sub-junior National Hockey Tournament

  • Amarjeet Singh Bola Memorial Hockey Tournament Chakdana,Nawanshahr,Punjab

  • Bundel Khand All India Hockey Tournament, Charkhari Mahoba (U.P.)

  • Republic All India Hockey Tournament, Katni, M.P.

  • All India Hockey Tournament,Damoh,M.P.

  • All India Hockey Tournament,Indore,M.P.

  • All India Hockey Tournament,Mhow,M.P.

  • All India Hockey Tournament,Ujjain,M.P.

  • Indian-Ice-Hockey-Team
  • All India Hockey Tournament,Tikamgarh,M.P.

  • All India Hockey Tournament,Ratlam,M.P.

  • All India Hockey Tournament,Khargon,M.P.

  • All India Hockey Tournament,Hoshangabad,M.P.

  • All India Hockey Tournament,Balaghat,M.P.

  • Bhagat Singh All India Hockey Tournament,Gwalior,M.P.

  • Kodava Hockey Festival

  • Dr. B.R.Ambedkar All India Hockey Tournament(under-16 Boys),Nagpur

  • Mahanth Raja Sarweshwer Das memoriol All India Hockey Tournament,Rajnandgaon,C.G.

Medals of Indian Field Hockey Team

Tournament Gold Silver Bronze Total
Olympic 8 1 2 11
Asian Games 2 9 2 13
Asia Cup 2 4 1 7
World Cup 1 1 1 3
Champions Trophy 0 0 1 1

Eight teams to vie for top honours in Beighton Cup hockey meet

    Updated On : Dec 18,2018   12:16 am
Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) Eight top teams, along with seven local outfits, will vie for top honours in the 122nd edition of Beighton Cup, the oldest hockey tournament of the country, starting December 23 at SAI Sports Complex here, it was announced on Monday. View More..

It's written in the stars, World Champions Belgium say after victory

    Updated On : Dec 16,2018   10:52 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 16 (IANS) The Belgium team, which created history by emerging the champions in the hockey men's world cup after thrashing the Netherlands in a penalty shootout, on Sunday said it was written in the stars. View More..

Belgium crowned 2018 hockey World Cup champions (Third Lead)

    Updated On : Dec 16,2018   9:20 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 16 (IANS) Olympic silver medallists Belgium clinched their maiden World Cup title after beating three-time champions Netherlands in sudden death after the shootout in the pulsating gold medal match at the Kalinga Stadium here on Sunday. View More..

Belgium win FIH Hockey World Cup

    Updated On : Dec 16,2018   8:54 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 16 (IANS) Olympic silver medallists Belgium edged past three-time champions Netherlands 0(3)-0(2) via sudden death to win the FIH Hockey World Cup title at the Kalinga Stadium here on Sunday. View More..

Belgium win FIH Hockey World Cup

    Updated On : Dec 16,2018   8:48 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 16 (IANS) Olympic silver medallists Belgium won the FIH Hockey World Cup here on Sunday, beating the Netherlands. View More..

Belgium win FIH Hockey World Cup

    Updated On : Dec 16,2018   8:46 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 16 (IANS) Olympic silver medallists Belgium won the FIH Hockey World Cup here on Sunday. View More..

We were determined to win match against England: Australia

    Updated On : Dec 16,2018   7:54 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 16 (IANS) Australia coach Colin Batch, whose side clinched the bronze medal at the Hockey Men's World Cup after registering a massive 8-1 win against England here on Sunday, said they were determined to win the match. View More..

Hockey WC: Australia thrash England to settle for bronze

    Updated On : Dec 16,2018   6:38 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 16 (IANS) Tom Craig scored thrice while Jeremy Hayward's brace helped Australia thrash England 8-1 in the bronze medal match of the Hockey World Cup here on Sunday. View More..

Netherlands look forward to play final vs Belgium

    Updated On : Dec 15,2018   10:00 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 (IANS) The Netherlands, which entered the final of men's hockey world cup in a thrilling victory against defending champion Australia, on Saturday said they are looking forward to play against Belgium on Sunday. View More..

Netherlands outsmart Australia to enter hockey World Cup final

    Updated On : Dec 15,2018   9:02 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 (IANS) Three-time champions Netherlands stormed into the final of the hockey World Cup after going past Australia 2(3)-2(4) via sudden death in the pulsating second semi-final at the Kalinga Stadium here on Saturday. View More..

Utilisation of chances helped us against England: Belgium team

    Updated On : Dec 15,2018   8:16 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 (IANS) The Belgium team, which stormed into final by beating England 6-0 in the men's hockey World Cup semi-finals here on Saturday, believed utilising most of their chances led to their first ever progress to the final. View More..

Batra slams head coach Harendra

    Updated On : Dec 15,2018   6:50 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 (IANS) Head coach Harendra Singhs criticism of the referees decision in Indias 1-2 loss to the Netherlands in the World Cup quarter-final didnt go down too well with International Hockey Federation (FIH) President Narinder Batra as he hinted at yet another knee-jerk sacking. View More..

FIH to hold Junior Hockey World Cup every two years

    Updated On : Dec 15,2018   6:08 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 (IANS) The International Hockey Federation (FIH) said on Saturday that the Junior Hockey World Cup will be held every two years. View More..

FIH World CUp: Belgium hammer England to enter final

    Updated On : Dec 15,2018   5:40 pm
Bhubaneshwar, Dec 15 (IANS) Belgium thrashed a disjointed England 6-0 to enter the final of the men's hockey World Cup for the first time here on Saturday. View More..

Do we have a substitute to match Sreejesh? asks ex-India captain Somaya (IANS Interview)

    Updated On : Dec 15,2018   2:38 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 (IANS) India's premature exit from the ongoing men's hockey World Cup has raised a few questions, especially on the most experienced player in the current outfit, goalkeeper P.R.Sreejesh, who was held responsible for leaking the deciding goal in the 1-2 loss to the Netherlands in the pulsating quarter-final, a couple of days ago. View More..

No drastic changes needed after World Cup exit: Merwyn Fernandes

    Updated On : Dec 14,2018   1:16 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 14 (IANS) In the past few years, every time the Indian hockey team has fared poorly in a major tournament, the axe usually fell on the head coach, a fear former stars have after the hosts crashed out of the 2018 World Cup with a heartbreaking quarter-final loss to the Netherlands here. View More..

Indian hockey team blames umpires for defeat against Netherlands

    Updated On : Dec 14,2018   12:06 am
Bhubaneswar, Dec 14 (IANS) Indian hockey team on Thursday questioned the decisions of umpires for the heartbreaking defeat against the Netherlands in the quarter final of the men's hockey World Cup here. View More..

India crash out of hockey World Cup after loss to Netherlands

    Updated On : Dec 13,2018   9:18 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 13 (IANS) India's 43-year long wait to reach a hockey World Cup semi-final continued after going down 1-2 to the Netherlands at the jam-packed Kalinga Stadium here on Thursday. View More..

Belgium players, coach credit disciplined approach for beating Germany

    Updated On : Dec 13,2018   8:00 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 13 (IANS) Having stormed into the semi-finals by beating title contenders Germany here on Thursday, the Belgium players and coach said their disciplined approach helped them beat a tough opponent in the quarter-finals. View More..

Hockey World Cup: Belgium down Germany, to face England in semis

    Updated On : Dec 13,2018   6:42 pm
Bhubaneswar, Dec 13 (IANS) Olympic silver medallist Belgium edged out two-time champions Germany 2-1 in a keenly contested quarter-final at the men's hockey World Cup here on Thursday. View More..