History of Field Hockey

The origins of field hockey have been traced to ancient Egypt and Persia and even to the Aztec Indians. Certainly, stick-and-ball games that resemble field hockey have been played by many peoples all over the world, but there's no way to draw up a family tree incorporating all, or even most of them.

Indian history says that a sport similar to present day field hockey was played in 17th century in Punjab, under the name 'Khido Khundi'. 'Khido' is a woolen ball and 'Khundi' is stick.