Olympics Betting: Hockey
Tokyo 2020 | 24 July – 6 August | Multiple Rounds & Events
Olympics Hockey History:
Olympic Hockey had a chequered start to the Olympic programme; introduced for men’s team at London 1908, it was then dropped, before being reintroduced at Antwerp 1920, and dropped yet again for Paris 1924! Fortunately for the sport, the formation of the Federation Internationale de Hockey did enable Hockey to be bought back to the Olympic Games at Amsterdam 1928, and it has been a permanent fixture ever since, with women’s Olympic hockey being added at Moscow 1980.
As hockey evolved, the sport eventually went from being played on grass to artificial turf. Montreal 1976 was the first Olympics to showcase hockey on such a surface, and this new way of playing helped grow the sport massively, both from an improved playing point of view, and a more exciting experience for spectators.
Hockey at Tokyo 2020:
At Tokyo 2020, there will be 12-team tournaments for men and women. Both competitions will begin with a preliminary pool phase, before the strongest teams move into knockout stages that lead towards the medal matches.
Olympic Hockey: How it Works:
Two teams of eleven hockey players use sticks with a hook-shaped end to move a ball within the required striking distance of an opponent’s goal. Games are made up of four 15-minute quarters and whichever teams scores most goals wins.
Each goal is surrounded by a D-shaped shooting circle. Goals can only be scored from inside their opponent’s shooting circle.
When the tournaments reach the knockout stages, any matches that end in a draw will be decided by a shootout – where attacking players have 8 seconds to score via an one-on-one situation with the opposing goalkeeper.
Olympics Betting: Hockey
In terms of Olympics hockey betting pointers, historically, India have been the most successful country at Olympic hockey, with eight golds that were won by the men’s teams between 1928 and 1980.
Since then, hockey has globally popular and the current top 20 rankings are made up of men and women from all five continents. As a result, recent medal winners have included Australia, Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain and Argentina.
The Netherlands women’s team have been consistently excellent, reaching every Olympic final between 2004 and 2016, winning gold at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
More recently, Argentina made history, winning their first ever men’s gold at Rio 2016, improving on the four successive podium finishes for their women’s team.
Great Britain also won a first ever gold medal for their women’s team at Rio, building on a bronze at London 2012. They will be fully expecting to be amongst the medals again at Tokyo 2020.
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