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

RSPB crowned champions of senior women's Hockey Nationals

    Updated On : Feb 18,2019   7:24 pm
Hisar (Haryana), Feb 18 (IANS) The Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) were crowned champions for the sixth straight time after they outclassed Hockey Madhya Pradesh 5-0 in the final of the 9th Hockey India senior women Nationals at the Astroturf International Stadium here on Monday. View More..

Railways, Madhya Pradesh in women's national hockey final

    Updated On : Feb 17,2019   6:50 pm
Hisar (Haryana), Feb 17 (IANS) Defending champions Railways and Madhya Pradesh won their respective semi-finals to enter the title clash of the 9th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2019 (A Division) here on Sunday. View More..

Hockey nationals: Railways face Haryana, MP up against Maharashtra in semis (Preview)

    Updated On : Feb 16,2019   9:16 pm
Hisar (Haryana), Feb 16 (IANS) Defending champions Railways, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra would take their shot at their spots in the final at the semi-finals of the 9th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2019 (A Division), here on Sunday. View More..

Women's hockey: India A beat France A in 3rd match

    Updated On : Feb 12,2019   7:28 pm
Lucknow, Feb 12 (IANS) India A women's hockey team defeated France A 2-0 in the third match at the Padma Shri Mohammad Shahid Synthetic Hockey Stadium here on Tuesday. View More..

Railways win men's national hockey title

    Updated On : Feb 10,2019   9:34 pm
Gwalior, Feb 10 (IANS) Railways came up with a scintillating performance to dethrone defending champions Punjab 3-2 in the final of the 9th Senior National Men Hockey Championship 2019, here on Sunday. View More..

SAI win women's national hockey title

    Updated On : Feb 10,2019   9:34 pm
Hisar (Haryana), Feb 10 (IANS) Sports Authority of India (SAI) beat Chandigarh to win the 9th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2019 (B Division), here on Sunday. View More..

India bid to host hockey World Cup in 2023

    Updated On : Feb 05,2019   4:34 pm
Lausanne, Feb 5 (IANS) After successfully organinsing the men's World Cup thrice, India on Tuesday announced their bid to host either of the FIH men's or women's World Cups in 2023. View More..

Hockey: India draw 1-1 with Ireland

    Updated On : Feb 02,2019   4:48 pm
Murcia (Spain), Feb 2 (IANS) After levelling the four-match series with hosts Spain, the Indian women's hockey team put up a determined performance to draw the first match against 2018 Women's World Cup silver medallists Ireland 1-1 here. View More..

India women's team to face Iran in Hero Gold Cup opener

    Updated On : Feb 01,2019   5:48 pm
New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Indias womens hockey team will be facing Iran in their first match on the opening day of the Hero Gold Cup at the Kalinga Stadium here on February 9, it was announced on Friday. View More..

Spain hold Indian women to 2-2 draw in hockey

    Updated On : Jan 31,2019   8:16 pm
Murcia (Spain), Jan 31 (IANS) The Indian women's hockey team fumbled at a good opportunity to take control of the proceedings after leading 2-0 at half-time before drawing 2-2 against Spain in the deciding fourth encounter here on Thursday. View More..

Defender Salima to lead Indian junior women against France

    Updated On : Jan 30,2019   6:48 pm
New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Hockey India (HI) on Wednesday named the Indian junior womens team, led by defender Salima Tete, for the upcoming matches against France to be held from February 8 to 13 in Lucknow and Gorakhpur. View More..

Hockey: Spirited Indian women outclass Spain 5-2

    Updated On : Jan 29,2019   9:22 pm
Murcia (Spain), Jan 29 (IANS) An improved attack and tactical defending saw the Indian women's hockey team convincingly beat 2018 World Cup bronze medallists Spain 5-2 in their third match of the tour here on Tuesday. View More..

Hockey: Indian women draw 1-1 with Spain

    Updated On : Jan 28,2019   8:30 am
Murcia (Spain), Jan 28 (IANS) The Indian women's hockey team drew 1-1 with hosts Spain in an intense second match of their tour here. View More..

3-member committee speaks to coach, manager on tonsuring issue

    Updated On : Jan 22,2019   9:14 pm
Kolkata, Jan 22 (IANS) The three-member committee, formed by the Bengal Hockey Association (BHA) to investigate the incident where junior players were allegedly asked to shave their heads after a loss, met the coach and the team manager on Tuesday and heard their versions of the story. View More..

We need to delve deep into the head-shaving incident: Gurbux

    Updated On : Jan 21,2019   7:42 pm
Kolkata, Jan 21 (IANS) Former hockey Olympian Gurbux Singh on Monday expressed shock at the incident where junior players were allegedly asked to shave their heads after a loss, saying there is urgent need to go deep into the matter and examine who is at fault as it is a "bad advertisement" for sport in general. View More..

3-member committee to probe Bengal U-19 hockey squad's tonsuring

    Updated On : Jan 21,2019   1:38 pm
Kolkata, Jan 21 (IANS) A three-member committee will be formed by the Bengal Hockey Association (BHA) to investigate the matter of Under-19 Bengal hockey squad players being asked to shave their heads following a defeat in a junior level match. View More..

Hockey India names 18-member women's squad for Spain tour

    Updated On : Jan 18,2019   2:02 pm
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Hockey India on Friday named an 18-member Indian women's squad for the season opener in Spain which starts on January 26. View More..

Harendra demoted as junior India coach

    Updated On : Jan 09,2019   7:26 pm
New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) Following his outburst at the umpiring standards in the recently concluded Hockey World Cup, Harendra Singh was on Wednesday removed from his position as chief coach of the Indian senior men's team. View More..

Manpreet wants to move on from hockey World Cup disappointment

    Updated On : Dec 29,2018   5:34 pm
New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) It could have been a glorious year for the Indian men's hockey team but for their losses at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games where they finished fourth, settled for a bronze at the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang and exited the World Cup after a close 1-2 loss in the quarter-final. View More..

Need to develop world class drag-flickers: Tirkey

    Updated On : Dec 23,2018   6:06 pm
Kolkata, Dec 23 (IANS) Rueing the lack of good drag-flickers at the moment, former India captain Dilip Tirkey on Sunday said they had a good chance of winning the just concluded Hockey World Cup. View More..