Field hockey at the 1956 Summer Olympics

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The field hockey tournament at the 1956 Summer Olympics was contested from November 23 to December 6, with twelve participating teams. Only men competed in field hockey at these Games. India won the gold medal for the sixth successive Games, not allowing a single goal against in the entire tournament. Pakistan won the silver medal, and Germany won the bronze.

Participating nations[edit]

Twelve teams were seeded and placed into one of three preliminary groups of four teams each. With the unbalanced seeding, the top two teams in Group C advanced to the semi-finals, but only the top team in both Groups A and B advanced.

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A[edit]

November 26, 11:30
Singapore United Kingdom 6–1 (3–1)  United States
November 26, 14:30
India  14–0 (3–0)  Afghanistan
November 28, 11:30
Singapore United Kingdom 5–0 (4–0)  Afghanistan
November 28, 14:30
India  16–0 (6–0)  United States
November 30, 11:30
India  6–0 (3–0) United Kingdom Singapore
November 30, 14:30
Afghanistan  5–1 (2–1)  United States
Group standings
Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
 India 3 3 0 0 36 0 6
United Kingdom Singapore 3 2 0 1 11 7 4
 Afghanistan 3 1 0 2 5 20 2
 United States 3 0 0 3 2 27 0
  • India advanced to the semi-finals.

Group B[edit]

November 23, 11:30
Great Britain  2–2 (1–1)  Malaya
November 23, 14:30
Australia  2–0 (1–0)  Kenya
November 24, 16:00
Great Britain  1–1 (1–1)  Kenya
November 26, 16:00
Australia  3–2 (2–1)  Malaya
November 28, 16:00
Malaya  1–1 (0–1)  Kenya
November 30, 16:00
Great Britain  2–1 (1–0)  Australia
Group standings
Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
 Great Britain 3 1 2 0 5 4 4
 Australia 3 2 0 1 6 4 4
 Malaya 3 0 2 1 5 6 2
 Kenya 3 0 2 1 2 4 2
  • Great Britain and Australia played an additional tie-breaker match to determine the group winner.
December 1, 14:00
Great Britain  1–0 (0–0)  Australia
  • Great Britain advanced to the semi-finals.

Group C[edit]

November 23, 16:00
Pakistan  2–0 (1–0)  Belgium
November 24, 14:30
Germany  5–4 (3–3)  New Zealand
November 27, 14:30
Pakistan  5–1 (2–0)  New Zealand
November 27, 16:00
Germany  0–0 (0–0)  Belgium
November 29, 14:30
Pakistan  0–0 (0–0)  Germany
November 29, 16:00
New Zealand  3–0 (1–0)  Belgium
Group standings
Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
 Pakistan 3 2 1 0 7 1 5
 Germany 3 1 2 0 5 4 4
 New Zealand 3 1 0 2 8 10 2
 Belgium 3 0 1 2 0 5 1
  • Pakistan and Germany advanced to the semi-finals.

Playoffs[edit]

Semi-finals Final
December 3
  India  1  
  Germany  0  
 
December 6
      India  1
    Pakistan  0
Third place
December 3 December 6
  Pakistan  3   Germany  3
  Great Britain  2     Great Britain  1
Semi-finals
December 3, 14:30
India  1–0 (0–0)  Germany
December 3, 16:00
Pakistan  3–2 (3–1)  Great Britain
Bronze medal match
December 6, 14:30
Germany  3–1 (2–1)  Great Britain
Gold medal match
December 6, 16:00
India  1–0 (0–0)  Pakistan

Medalists[edit]

 Gold  India

 Silver  Pakistan

 Bronze  Germany

References[edit]