Field hockey at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Field hockey
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
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VenueOlympic Green Hockey Field
Dates10–23 August
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Field hockey at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was held over a fourteen-day period beginning on 10 August, and culminating with the medal finals on 22 and 23 August.[1] All games were played at the hockey field constructed on the Olympic Green.[1][2]

Competition format[edit]

Twelve teams competed in both the men's and women's Olympic hockey tournaments with the competition consisting of two rounds.[3] In the first round, teams were divided into two pools of six teams, and play followed round robin format with each of the teams playing all other teams in the pool once. Teams were awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a loss.[3] At the end of the pool matches, teams were ranked in their pool according to the following criteria in order:[3]

  • Total points accumulated
  • Number of matches won
  • Goal difference
  • Goals for
  • The result of the match played between the teams in question

Following the completion of the pool games, teams placing first and second in each pool advanced to a single elimination round consisting of two semifinal games, and the bronze and gold medal games.[3] Remaining teams competed in classification matches to determine their ranking in the tournament. During these matches, extra time of 7½ minutes per half was played if teams were tied at the end of regulation time. During extra time, play followed golden goal rules with the first team to score declared the winner. If no goals were scored during extra time, a penalty stroke competition took place.[3]

Competition schedule[edit]

The competition schedule was released on 29 May 2008 by the FIH and BOCOG.[4][5]

Field hockey at the 2008 Summer Olympics
August 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Field hockey pictogram.svg W M
       Round robin matches        Classification matches   W   Medal games - Women   M   Medal games - Men

Men's tournament[edit]

Participating nations[edit]

The pools were released on 18 April 2008 and were based on the world rankings.[6]


Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze
 Germany (GER)
Philip Witte
Maximilian Mueller
Sebastian Biederlack
Carlos Nevado
Moritz Fuerste
Jan-Marco Montag
Tobias Hauke
Tibor Weißenborn
Benjamin Weß
Niklas Meinert
Timo Weß
Oliver Korn
Christopher Zeller
Max Weinhold
Matthias Witthaus
Florian Keller
Philipp Zeller
Head Coach: Markus Weise
 Spain (ESP)
Francisco Cortes
Santiago Freixa
Francisco Fábregas
Victor Sojo
Alex Fabregas
Pablo Amat
Eduardo Tubau
Roc Oliva
Juan Fernandez
Ramon Alegre
Xavier Ribas
Albert Sala
Rodrigo Garza
Sergi Enrique
Eduard Arbos
David Alegre
Head coach: Maurits Hendriks
 Australia (AUS)
Jamie Dwyer
Liam de Young
Rob Hammond
Mark Knowles
Eddie Ockenden
David Guest
Luke Doerner
Grant Schubert
Bevan George
Andrew Smith
Stephen Lambert
Eli Matheson
Matthew Wells
Travis Brooks
Kiel Brown
Fergus Kavanagh
Des Abbott
Head coach: Barry Dancer
Assistant coach: Colin Batch

Women's tournament[edit]

Participating nations[edit]

The pools were released on 5 May 2008 and were based on the world rankings.[7]


Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze
 Netherlands (NED)
Maartje Goderie
Maartje Paumen
Naomi van As
Minke Smabers
Marilyn Agliotti
Minke Booij
Wieke Dijkstra
Sophie Polkamp
Ellen Hoog
Lidewij Welten
Lisanne de Roever
Miek van Geenhuizen
Eva de Goede
Janneke Schopman
Eefke Mulder
Fatima Moreira de Melo
Head Coach: Marc Lammers
 China (CHN)
Ren Ye
Zhang Yimeng
Gao Lihua
Chen Qiuqi
Zhao Yudiao
Li Hongxia
Cheng Hui
Tang Chunling
Zhou Wanfeng
Ma Yibo
Fu Baorong
Pan Fengzhen
Huang Junxia
Song Qingling
Li Shuang
Chen Zhaoxia
Head Coach: Kim Chang-Bak
 Argentina (ARG)
Paola Vukojicic
Belén Succi
Magdalena Aicega
Mercedes Margalot
Mariana Rossi
Noel Barrionuevo
Giselle Kañevsky
Claudia Burkart
Luciana Aymar
Mariné Russo
Mariana González Oliva
Soledad García
Alejandra Gulla
María de la Paz Hernández
Carla Rebecchi
Rosario Luchetti
Head Coach: Gabriel Minadeo


  1. ^ a b "Hockey - Beijing Olympics 2008". Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2008.
  2. ^ "Hockey at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e XXIXth Olympic Games Tournament Regulations - Men's and Women's Hockey Competitions
  4. ^ "Olympic Hockey Tournament Match Schedule released". Retrieved 21 August 2008.
  5. ^ "Match schedule" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2008.
  6. ^ FIH releases pools for Men’s Olympic Hockey Tournament[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ FIH releases pools for Women’s Olympic Hockey Tournament

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