LONDON 2012: Olympic Games – Hockey

Hockey demands speed, stamina and a mastery of intricate hand-eye coordination.

Played by teams of eleven on an outdoor pitch, the sport is a long-time Olympic favourite, offering non-stop action over 14 days of competition.

Every match will be played at the brand-new Riverbank Arena inside the Olympic Park.

The 2012 tournament offers a feast for hockey fans, with 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams competing over 14 days, initially in pools of six.

Both the England men’s and women’s teams are currently ranked fourth in the world, so Great Britain stand a good chance of competing for a medal in London.

At the Olympic test event in May, GB’s women beat world champions Argentina to win gold, while the men took bronze following a 2-1 win over India.

Both the men and women won bronze at last year’s European Championships – a fourth consecutive European bronze for the women.

Men’s Olympic champions Germany beat top-ranked Australia to win the Olympic test event in May. Those two also met in the last World Cup final, with the Aussies coming out on top.

Britain’s women find themselves in the same pool as defending Olympic champions Netherlands, while 2012 Champions Trophy winners Argentina are second seeds.

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Men’s Hockey made its debut at the London 1908 Games.

The first women’s Olympic Hockey competition was held at the Moscow 1980 Games.

Over a century on the sport is in very good health, as a total of 630,000 spectators will see live hockey at the 2012 Games, with every match a sell-out.

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Both the men’s and women’s Hockey competitions begin with a preliminary phase: the 12 teams in each competition are divided into two pools of six, and each team plays every other in their pool.

The top two teams in each pool qualify for the semi-finals, the winners of which go head-to-head for the gold. The other teams in the two groups play each other to determine final placings.

In the preliminary phase, teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw.

In the knockout matches, ties are resolved by extra time (two 7½-minute periods), with a golden goal – the first goal scored – winning the match. If still tied after this time, the match is decided by a shoot-out competition of five attempts per team. If the scores are still tied, the match is decided by sudden death shoot-out.

Matches are played over two halves of 35 minutes each, and players must be inside their opponents’ shooting circle to take a shot at goal.

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You can watch every match from the 2012 Olympic Handball tournament across the BBC’s Olympics channels (details below).

Selected coverage of Great Britain’s group matches will be shown on BBC One and BBC Three during the competition.

BBC TV
Commentators: Barry Davies, Sean Kerly, Mel Clewlow
 
BBC Radio
Commentators: Alistair Eykyn, Sean Kerly, Mel Clewlow
 
Full list of BBC Olympics TV presenters/commentators – CLICK HERE

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New Zealand v Australia | Group B | Start: 08:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 15 – 8.20am-10.10am
 
Netherlands v Belgium | Group A | Start: 10:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 15 – 10.35am-12.25pm
 
China v South Korea | Group A | Start: 13:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 15 – 1.35pm-3.25pm
 
Argentina v South Africa | Group B | Start: 16:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 15 – 3.50pm-5.40pm
 
Great Britain v Japan | Group A | Start: 19:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 6.50pm-8.40pm
 
Germany v United States | Group B | Start: 21:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 9.05pm-10.55pm
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South Korea v New Zealand | Group B | Start: 08:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 8.20am-10.10am
 
Australia v South Africa | Group A | Start: 10:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 10.35am-12.25pm
 
Spain v Pakistan | Group A | Start: 13:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 1.35pm-3.25pm
 
Netherlands v India | Group B | Start: 16:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 3.50pm-5.40pm
 
Great Britain v Argentina | Group A | Start: 19:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 6.50pm-8.40pm 
 
Germany v Belgium | Group B | Start: 21:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 9.05pm-10.55pm
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Netherlands v Japan | Group A | Start: 08:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 8.20am-10.10am
 
South Africa v New Zealand | Group B | Start: 10:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 10.35am-12.25pm
 
Belgium v China | Group A | Start: 13:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 1.35pm-3.25pm
 
Great Britain v South Korea | Group A | Start: 16:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 3.50pm-5.40pm
 
Argentina v United States | Group B | Start: 19:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 6.50pm-8.40pm
 
Germany v Australia | Group B | Start: 21:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 9.05pm-10.55pm
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Spain v Australia | Group A | Start: 08:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 12 – 8.20am-10.10am
 
Belgium v Netherlands | Group B | Start: 10:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 12 – 10.35am-12.25pm
 
New Zealand v India | Group B | Start: 13:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 12 – 1.35pm-3.25pm
 
South Africa v Great Britain | Group A | Start: 16:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 12 – 3.50pm-5.40pm
 
Pakistan v Argentina | Group A | Start: 19:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 12 – 6.50pm-8.40pm
 
South Korea v Germany | Group B | Start: 21:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 12 – 9.05pm-10.55pm
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South Korea v Japan | Group A | Start: 08:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 8.20am-10.10am
 
Australia v United States | Group B | Start: 10:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 10.35am-12.25pm
 
China v Netherlands | Group A | Start: 13:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 20 – 1.35pm-3.25pm
 
South Africa v Germany | Group B | Start: 16:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 20 – 3.50pm-5.40pm
 
Belgium v Great Britain | Group A | Start: 19:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 6.50pm-8.40pm
 
New Zealand v Argentina | Group B | Start: 21:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 9.05pm-10.55pm
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Australia v Argentina | Group A | Start: 08:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 8.20am-10.10am
 
Netherlands v New Zealand | Group B | Start: 10:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 10.35am-12.25pm
 
Germany v India | Group B | Start: 13:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 1.35pm-3.25pm
 
Great Britain v Pakistan | Group A | Start: 16:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 3.50pm-5.40pm
 
South Africa v Spain | Group A | Start: 19:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 6.50pm-8.40pm
 
Belgium v South Korea | Group B | Start: 21:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 9.05pm-10.55pm
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Australia v South Africa | Group B | Start: 08:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 8.20am-10.10am
 
Netherlands v South Korea | Group A | Start: 10:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 10.35am-12.25pm
 
Japan v Belgium | Group A | Start: 13:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 1.35pm-3.25pm
 
China v Great Britain | Group A | Start: 16:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 3.50pm-5.40pm
 
United States v New Zealand | Group B | Start: 19:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 14 – 6.50pm-8.40pm
 
Germany v Argentina | Group B | Start: 21:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 14 – 9.05pm-10.55pm
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New Zealand v Belgium | Group B | Start: 08:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 8.20am-10.10am
 
Pakistan v South Africa | Group A | Start: 10:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 10.35am-12.25pm
 
India v South Korea | Group B | Start: 13:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 1.35pm-3.25pm
 
Netherlands v Germany | Group B | Start: 16:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 3.50pm-5.40pm
 
Great Britain v Australia | Group A | Start: 19:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 6.50pm-8.40pm
 
Argentina v Spain | Group A | Start: 21:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 9.05pm-10.55pm
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New Zealand v Germany | Group B | Start: 08:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 8.20am-10.10am
 
United States v South Africa | Group B | Start: 10:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 10.35am-12.25pm
 
Japan v China | Group A | Start: 13:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 1.35pm-3.25pm
 
South Korea v Belgium | Group A | Start: 16:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 3.50pm-5.40pm
 
Great Britain v Netherlands | Group A | Start: 19:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 6.50pm-8.40pm
 
Argentina v Australia | Group B | Start: 21:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 9.05pm-10.55pm
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South Korea v Netherlands | Group B | Start: 08:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 8.20am-10.10am
 
Australia v Pakistan | Group A | Start: 10:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 10.35am-12.25pm
 
Argentina v South Africa | Group A | Start: 13:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 1.35pm-3.25pm
 
India v Belgium | Group B | Start: 16:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 3.50pm-5.40pm
 
Spain v Great Britain | Group A | Start: 19:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 6.50pm-8.40pm
 
Germany v New Zealand | Group B | Start: 21:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 9.05pm-10.55pm
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9th-10th Place Match | Start: 08:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 8.20pm-10.40am
 
7th-8th Place Match | Start: 11:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 11.20am-1.40pm
 
Semi Final 1 | Start: 15:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 3.20pm-5.40pm
 
Semi Final 2 | Start: 20:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 7.50pm-10.10pm
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9th-10th Place Match | Start: 08:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 3 – 8.20am-10.40am
 
7th-8th Place Match | Start: 11:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 3 – 11.20am-1.40pm
 
Semi Final 1 | Start: 15:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 3 – 3.20pm-5.40pm
 
Semi Final 2 | Start: 20:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 3 – 7.50pm-10.10pm
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11th-12th Place Match| Start: 08:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 8.20am-10.40am
 
5th-6th Place Match | Start: 11:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 11.20am-1.40pm
 
BRONZE Medal Match | Start: 15:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 3.20pm-5.40pm
 
GOLD Medal Match | Start: 20:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 7.50pm-10.40pm
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11th-12th Place Match| Start: 08:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 8.20am-10.40am
 
5th-6th Place Match | Start: 11:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 11.20am-1.40pm
 
BRONZE Medal Match | Start: 15:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 3.20pm-5.40pm
 
GOLD Medal Match | Start: 20:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 7.50pm-10.40pm
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