Field Hockey at IMGA Masters Games

Field hockey is a widely played team sport of the hockey family. The game can be played on grass, watered turf, artificial turf or synthetic field, as well as an indoor boarded surface. Each team plays with ten field players and a goalkeeper.

The game is played globally, particularly in parts of Western Europe, South Asia, Southern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and parts of the United States, primarily New England and the Mid-Atlantic states.

Known simply as “hockey” in most territories, the term ‘field hockey’ is used primarily in Canada and the United States where ice hockey is more popular. In Sweden, the term ‘landhockey’ is used, and to some degree in Norway.


Age categories

Competitive Men/Women: 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+
Social Men/Women: 35+, 45+, 55+

The age category you will compete in for Hockey will be determined as at 31 December of the year of the event. For team sports, the category you compete in is based on the age of the youngest team member. For example, if your youngest team member is 39 during Games time but has turned 40 by 31 December, you would compete in the 40+ age category.


Possible events and disciplines

11 a side:
A Grade – Competitive
B Grade – Social

5 a side:
B Grade – Social


Grade definitions

A Grade – Competitive: This elite grade is for teams with at least three players with international or national experience. The other team members are expected to be at a state/ province/ elite club player level.

B Grade – Recreational/Social: This grade is for those players who participate in lower grade leagues and for social and casual players.

A player can only participate in one team in the hockey competition.


Check Field Hockey results previous events


The IMGA doesn’t allow building new venues and encourages the host cities to use existing facilities to keep the costs lower. Therefore, the following information is subject to changes depending on the venues available.