Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023

Field Hockey

Know your facts:

  • Field hockey has been a sport at Special Olympics World Games since 2023 as a demonstration sport
  • Unified Sports? No
  • Estimated number of athletes participating: 150

In field hockey, each player uses a hockey stick which is flat on one side and rounded on the other. They can only use the flat side of their stick. This makes hockey very skillful.
Special Olympics Hockey (also called Hockey ID) is a game adapted from the 11 a side Olympic format to make hockey more globally accessible to players with ID.


Special Olympics feature:

In our competitions, six play against six with some special rules:

  • The pitch is 55m long and 43m wide.
  • A match lasts 30-40 minutes (two 15 or 20 minute halves) with a half time break of five minutes.
  • At free hits, a self-pass restart where a player touches the ball and then dribbles or passes is allowed.

By the way:

In field hockey there are two referees. Each is responsible for one half of the field.

The field hockey competitions are ticketed.


"Fans in the Stands" groups can visit the field hockey competitions.

The photo shows three people standing in front of a hockey goal, all holding a hockey stick.
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The photo shows a group of young and older people, including Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Some of the kids are holding hockey sticks.
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The photo shows three people holding field hockey sticks and sitting on a stand. All are smiling.
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Field hockey takes place at Hockey-Stadion on the grounds of Olympiapark.