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 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.
Phine van Zijl – Field Hockey
#Congrats to our student-athlete Phine van Zijl from the Netherlands who will be studying and playing field hockey at Princeton University in the USA as of Fall 2021.
Nadine de Koning – Field Hockey
Nadine played on the varsity team of the University of Virginia, a division I school. She graduated in 2018 and continued her studies in the Netherlands.
Read all about her adventures and the latest news here!
Feize Türkmen’s story at a prep school & college – Field Hockey
Feize was only seventeen years old when she went to the States. Now, more than three years later, it is hard for her to imagine what life would have been like without this experience.
Nadine de Koning about 4 years at UVA – Field Hockey
Nadine de Koning started playing field hockey at a young age in the Netherlands. After graduating from high school, she decided to pursue her dream: to combine top-level hockey with a study in America!
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Placements – Field Hockey
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Wheaton College, 2011
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