India women's national field hockey team

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  • "Golden Girls of Hockey"
  • "Assi jaisi koi nahi"
Association Hockey India
Confederation ASHF (Asia)
Coach Mathias Ahrens
Captain Ritu Rani
FIH ranking 13
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The Indian women's national field hockey team (nicknamed the Golden Girls of Hockey) is the national women's team that represents India in international field hockey competitions.[1] The team is currently coached by Canada's Mathias Ahrens a former Canadian member and led by halfback Ritu Rani from Haryana. The team is currently ranked 13th in the FIH World Rankings.

The team's breakthrough performance came at the Women's Hockey World Cup at Mandelieu in 1974, where they finished in 4th place. Their best performance at the Olympic Games was the was the 4th place finish at 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics, when women's event was held for the first time in Olympic history. They also won the Gold medal at the inaugural 1982 Asian Games held in New Delhi defeating Korea in the finals.

Captain Suraj Lata Devi led the team to the Gold for three consecutive years at different events- during the 2002 Commonwealth Games[2][3] (the event which inspired the 2007 Bollywood hit film, Chak De India), the 2003 Afro-Asian Games, and the 2004 Hockey Asia Cup. Team members were referred to as the "assi (Jasjeet) jaisi koi nahi" or the "Golden Girls of Hockey," after the 2004 win.[4]

The team earned a 3rd place finish at the 2013 Women's Hockey Asia Cup at Kuala Lumpur defeating China in a shootout.[5] At the 2014 Commonwealth Games the team finished in 5th place but at 2014 Asian Games, Incheon stunned Japan 2-1 in a tight match to clinch their third bronze medal at the Asian Games.[6]


 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
2 Commonwealth Games 1 1 2
3 Asian Games 1 1 3 5
4 Asia Cup 1 2 2 5
Hockey Champions Challenge 1 1
3 Asian Champions Trophy - 1 1 2
Afro-Asian Games 1 1

Tournament History[edit]

India playing against Japan in the 2010 Women's Hockey World Cup, Rosario.
Summer Olympics

Hockey World Cup

FIH Hockey World League

Commonwealth Games

Asian Games

Hockey Asia Cup

Hockey Champions Challenge

Asian Hockey Champions Trophy

Afro-Asian Games


Summer Olympics

Hockey World Cup

Hockey Champions Challenge

Arjuna Awards The following is a list of recipients for the Arjuna award in hockey recipients (by year):

2002 Commonwealth Games and Chak De India[edit]

The 2002 Commonwealth Games Squad competed in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. The team entered the finals after defeating the Australian women's national field hockey team.[8] The team won the Gold after they beat the English women's hockey team.[9][10][11] This game partially inspired the successful 2007 Shahrukh Khan film about women's field hockey, Chak De India. The coach of the women's team, and a former assistant coach for the team, Mir Ranjan Negi, were involved with the development of the film.


Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2014–15 Women's FIH Hockey World League.

Head coach: Mathias Ahrens

No. Player Pos. Age
Sunita Lakra Forward
Punam Barla Forward
Amandeep Kaur Halfback
Ritu Rani (c) Halfback
Renuka Yadav Halfback
Rajani Etimarpu GK
Dipika Murthy Halfback
Sushila Chanu Halfback
Lilima Minz Forward
No. Player Pos. Age
Vandana Kataria Forward
Rani Rampal Forward
Ponnamma Mallamada Narendra Halfback
Poonam Rani Forward
Savita Punia GK
Anuradha Thokchom Forward
Navjot Kaur (Sr.) Forward
Monika Malik Halfback
Deep Grace Ekka Defender

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hockey India". Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Images of the 2002 Commonwealth games (Suraj Lata Devi WAIKHOM biography)". Indian Field Hockey Homepage. December 2004. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Images of the 2002 Commonwealth games Suman Bala SAINI biography)". Indian Field Hockey Homepage. December 2004. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  4. ^ Pandey, Vineeta (15 February 2004). "Indian Sportswomen: Still the Second Sex". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 April 2008. 
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  8. ^ "Indian women stun Kiwis". BBC. 1 August 2002. Retrieved 12 April 2008. 
  9. ^ "India deny England gold". BBC. 3 August 2002. Retrieved 12 April 2008. 
  10. ^ Kamesh, Srinivasan (5 August 2002). "Indian girls peak at the right time". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 April 2008. 
  11. ^ "Indian eves win Commonwealth hockey gold". 3 August 2002. Retrieved 12 April 2008. 

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