The United States men's national field hockey team represents the United States in the international field hockey competitions. The governing body is the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA), which is a US Olympic Committee organization.
Field hockey is not a major sport at college level in the United States, so the men's team does not have as much experience as most other international teams. The sport is largely thought of as a women’s game in the United States; field hockey has historically been used as a “Title IX” sport to offset the large number of men who play college football, and as such, colleges have typically only sponsored women's field hockey teams. The players on the national team play overseas in European and Australian leagues.
In the 1932 Olympic Games, the team won Bronze in their first tournement and as a host nation.
In the 1984 Olympic Games, the team was again the host nation, and finished last. During group stages they lost to Australia 2-1. In the 9th-12th place playoff the US lost to Kenya in sudden death penalty strokes 6-5 after 1-1 regulation and then lost 11th/12th place game to Malaysia 9-8 in sudden death penalty strokes after 3-3 tie in regulation.
In 1996 Olympic Games, again held in the USA, the squad finished last again.
The US missed out on the final of the 2009 from a missed penalty stroke in normal time. Had the penalty been converted the team would have won the final vs Canada for direct qualification to the World Cup. As it was, they lost in OT on a golden goal and Canada went to the 2010 World Cup in India.
The USA team has not qualified for an outdoor World Cup. However, the team has competed twice for the indoor World Cup, most recently in 2011.