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. 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 (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.
The team earned a 3rd place finish at the 2013 Women's Hockey Asia Cup at Kuala Lumpur defeating China in a shootout. 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.
Hockey World Cup
Hockey Champions Challenge
Arjuna Awards The following is a list of recipients for the Arjuna award in hockey recipients (by year):
- Helen Mary, 2004
- Suraj Lata Devi (former captain), 2003
- Mamta Kharab, 2002
- Madhu Yadav, 2000
- Tingonleima Chanu, 2000
- S. Omana Kumari, 1998
- Pritam Rani Siwach (former captain), 1998
- Prem Maya Sonir, 1985
- Rajbir Kaur, 1984
- Varsha Soni, 1981
- Eliza Nelson, 1980–81
- Lorraine Fernandes 1976–1977
- A. Kaur, 1975–76
- Dr. Otilia Mascarenhas 1973–74
- Sunita Puri, 1966
- Elvira Britto 1965
- Yvonne Smith 1962
- Anne Lumsden, 1961
2002 Commonwealth Games and Chak De India
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. The team won the Gold after they beat the English women's hockey team. 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.
Roster for the 2014–15 Women's FIH Hockey World League.
Head coach: Mathias Ahrens