Field Hockey

Women only

In North America, when you talk about hockey, people assume you mean ice hockey. While a global sport, field hockey is played primarily in certain regions in the US – mainly New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. There is limited competition on the West Coast and Midwest but the sport is growing in popularity throughout the country.

Field hockey can be played at more than 300 colleges and universities, but is open to female players only. There are many opportunities to find a team to suit your skills and level, from top level high schools to Division 1, 2, or 3 collegiate teams.

Field hockey study abroad

Field hockey at high school level is played mainly via school teams, offering both Junior Varsity and Varsity opportunities. However, there are a growing number of external clubs, offering everything from recreational play to targeted college-level practice, especially on the East Coast.

Field hockey is a fall sport and the high school/college competition season is short and intense, beginning at the end of August and lasting until the middle of November.

College-level field hockey is only played at 4-year colleges and universities and is governed by the NCAA. In the US there are 280 college varsity women’s field hockey teams.


Blog: Zoë Houben

Zoë played field hockey at Gettysburg College, a Division III school, in Pennsylvania

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Sophomore Midfielder Esmée Peet discusses what it feels like to be selected as an NFHCA All-American.

Sophomore Midfielder Esmée Peet discusses what it feels like to be selected as an NFHCA …

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Freshman Esmee Peet Collects CAA Field Hockey Player and Rookie of the Year Honors

Peet is the first Blue Hens field hockey player to receive CAA Player or Rookie of the Year honors thanks to an impressive freshman season. She’s also just the third player in CAA history, and first since 1997, to win the Player and Rookie of the Year awards in the same season.

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Webinar Field Hockey & Study in the USA

Is field hockey your passion and are you looking to combine sports with a study abroad? Are you curious about what studying at a high school, college or university involves?

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Placements – Field Hockey

Merel van Gijzen

Colby College, 2017

Sophie Gehrels

University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2017

Borg van der Velde

Syracuse University, 2017

Suzanne Muller

Shippensburg University, 2013

Daphne Groothuis

Rutgers University, 2017

Marieke Algie

St. Michael's College, 2017

Anouk van Asbeck

University of Maryland, 2016

Noralie Weusthuis

University of Massachusetts in Amherst, 2012

Puck van Brakel

Orono High School, 2017

Pien Hoestra

Pace University, 2015

Ruth Smalbraak

Fairfield University, 2015

Anniek van der Klij

Drew University, 2015

Frederique Haverhals

Boston College, 2015

Sterre Loggere

St. Johnsbury Academy, 2015

Roos Mekelenkamp

Lincoln Academy, 2017

Lisa Maxwell

Manhattanville College, 2014

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For our clients in the Tailored Program we offer the unique service of our field hockey mentoring program

The program entails:

  • Giving feedback on your footage
  • Discussing the different pathways to reach your ultimate goals
  • Informing you about what matters most to coaches
  • Building character / pitching yourself to coaches
  • Teaching you how to build up a relationship and trust with coaches
  • Preparing you for an interview with coaches
  • Setting up your personal sport development program
  • Deciding on the final choice of an athletic program based on your goals