from July 27 to August 12
The main objective is to score goals and avoid conceding goals using only a stick to control the ball. The field, on grass, has dimensions similar to soccer: 91.40 meters long and 55 m wide. Eleven players form the part of a team that is divided into two 35 minute halves.
The men have competed at the Olympic Games since 1908, in London. The women did not compete for the first time until 72 years later in Moscow. The countries of the British countries have dominated field hockey. India is the maximum winner with eight gold medals followed by Australia and the Netherlands (four each), Pakistan, the UK and Germany (three each).
In the London Olympics, 12 teams from each gender will compete in the tournament taking place in Riverbank Arena.
They will be protagonists at the Olympic Games
Stars that made history in the Olympic Games
She is the only player to win the title of best in the world for seven times. She goes to her last Olympic Games in search of her first gold medal.
The Dutch won a world title in Madrid 2006. Top scorer in the Olympic tournament in Beijing, she must be the reference point in the Dutch team in London.
Along with his compatriot, Claudius, he won three gold medals and one silver between 1952 and 1964. He was the top scorer in the 1956 Melbourne Games with 14 goals.
In four Olympic Games between Seoul 1988 and Sydney 2000, the Australian only failed to win gold in Barcelona 1992, when her team finished fifth.