Indoor field hockey is an indoor variant of “traditional” outdoor field hockey game. Indoor field hockey is mainly played as a pastime by outdoor field hockey players during the off-season when the outdoor pitches are frozen. Indoor field hockey is played in regular national and international championships. The first Indoor Field Hockey World Cup was organized in 2003.
The smaller, hard-surface pitches and the use of sideboards makes game-play much faster. It is also both technically and physically demanding and great for skill development.
Indoor field hockey differs from outdoor field hockey in several ways: