Watch Olympic Field Hockey Live Online
Olympic field hockey begins with round-robin play, as teams are divided into two groups, with six teams in Pool A and six teams in Pool B. The top two teams in each pool move on to the semi-finals, where the winners of Pool A play the runner-ups for Pool B and vice versa.
The winners of the semi-finals matches face off in the final match for the gold, which you’ll be able to watch live online. FreeCast’s Live Streaming Coverage Guide allows you to watch Olympic field hockey live online for free as soon as the 2012 Olympic Games kick off get going.
The Australian Olympic Men’s Field Hockey Team enters the 2012 Olympics as the clear gold medal favorites. Behind five-time Male Hockey Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer, Australia won the gold in Athens against the Dutch, as well as a bronze medal in the Beijing Olympics. Watch Olympic men’s field hockey live online for free and find out if Australia will return to the top of the podium at the London Olympics.
Though Germany won the gold in Beijing, the Australians have been dominating nearly every non-Olympic field hockey competition over the last two years. Germany will have 10 players from the 2008 gold medal team, including brothers Christopher and Philipp Zeller and Benjamin and Timo Wess. Watch Olympic field hockey live online for free to see if any country can give the Australians a run for their money in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Other solid field hockey teams heading into the 2012 Olympic Games are Spain, who won silver in the Beijing Olympics and behind returning captain Santi Freixa and the Netherlands, who still has veteran midfielder Teun de Nooijer.
In women’s Olympic field hockey, watch for 23-year-old Katie O’Donnel, the most celebrated female field hockey player in US history, to help lead the US Olympic Women’s Field Hockey Team to just their second medal in Olympic Games history. You can watch all of the US Olympic Women’s Field Hockey matches live online with the help of FreeCast’s Live Olympic Coverage Guide.
To get to the final match, the US women’s team would likely have to go through and Argentinian field hockey team that is desperate for its first Olympic gold medal. Argentina is led by Luciana Aymar, who has been named women’s Hockey Player of the Year a record seven times. Aymar may be the most exciting female player to watch when free live streaming coverage of 2012 Olympic Field Hockey is made available online.
Start watching Olympic field hockey live online for free on Sunday, July 29 at 3:30am ET. The first match of the 2012 Olympics, which you will be able to stream live for free online, will be between the women’s field hockey teams of Australia and New Zealand.
Field Hockey Medalists
Men’s: Gold – Germany, Silver – Netherlands, Bronze – Australia
Women’s: Gold – Netherlands, Silver – Argentina, Bronze – Great Britain
Men’s Field Hockey Preview – Saturday, August 11: Defending gold medalist, Germany will take on the 2000 Olympic Games gold medalist, Netherlands in the Gold Medal Match at 3pm ET on Saturday. Great Britain and 2004 gold medalist, Australia will play for the bronze at 10:30am ET. You can watch both of these matches online live with a little help from FreeCast.
Men’s Field Hockey Preview – Thursday, August 9: Men’s Classification and Semifinal matches for Olympic Field Hockey get underway on Thursday morning, starting with Argentina vs New Zealand at 3:30am ET. The most highly anticipated match of the day has to be Germany vs Australia at 10:30am ET, as they are the 2008 and 2004 Olympic gold medalists, respectively. The other matches taking place on Thursday are Pakistan vs South Korea at 6:30am ET and Great Britain vs Netherlands at 3pm ET.
Women’s Field Hockey Preview – Wednesday, August 8: Only eight teams remain in the running for Olympic medals in Women’s Field Hockey as classification and semifinal matches get started on Wednesday morning. Defending Olympic gold medalist Netherlands will face New Zealand at 10:30am ET and Great Britain will take on the 2008 and 2004 bronze medalist, Argentina at 3pm ET in the last match of the day. Those are the two semifinal match-ups, while the classification matches, South Korea vs Germany (6:30am ET) and Japan vs South Africa (3:30am ET) will take place first.
Men’s Field Hockey Preview – Tuesday, August 7: Six games will be held in Men’s Field Hockey on Tuesday, beginning with South Korea vs Netherlands at 3:30am ET. At 5:45 am ET, Australia, who will advance with either a win or a tie, plays against a Pakistan team that will be eliminated if it loses. At the end of the day, Great Britain square off against a very talented Spain team, while defending gold medalist, Germany will take on New Zealand in the last match of the day at 4:15pm ET.
Women’s Field Hockey Preview – Saturday, August 4: The first match of the day will be between Australia and South Africa at 3:30am ET and from then until the conclusion of the last match which starts at 4:15pm ET, you can stream Olympic Women’s Field Hockey online for free. The teams to beat in women’s field hockey are Germany, Argentina, China and the Netherlands, who has medaled in four straight Olympics coming in. The US on the other hand, has not won an Olympic medal in the sport since 1984 when it won the bronze.
Men’s Field Hockey Preview – Friday, August 3: In Men’s Field Hockey on Friday, look for Australia to battle it out against a tough Argentina team at 3:30am ET, which is also the first match of the day. Directly following that game are two quality match-ups between the defending Olympic Champion Netherlands and New Zealand at 5:45am ET and India vs Germany, the 2004 gold medalist, at 8:45am ET. Matches will run all the way through the afternoon of Friday.
Women’s Field Hockey Preview – Thursday, August 2: Women’s field hockey matches begin at 3:30am ET on Thursday and will stream live online. Match-ups to watch include Australia vs USA at 5:45am ET and New Zealand vs Argentina, the bronze medal winner in Beijing, at 4:15pm ET in the last match of the day. China and the defending Olympic gold medalist Netherlands will also square off at 8:45am ET in what should be a very physical game. Watch for players like Argentina’s Luciana Aymar and USA’s Katie O’Donnel to have a major impact in their respective games.
Men’s Field Hockey Preview – Wednesday, August 1: Look for Australia’s two-time Olympic medalist and five-time World Hockey Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer to try and lead his team to victory against a strong Spain team on Wednesday morning at 3:30am ET. Other matches to watch include the Netherlands vs Belarus at 5:45am ET and South Korea vs Germany, who took home Olympic gold in men’s field hockey in 2008, at 4:15pm ET. The Netherlands’ Roderick Weusthof is another star player to watch out for.
Women’s Field Hockey Preview – Tuesday, July 31: Olympic women’s field hockey picks up Tuesday at 3:30am ET when Japan and defending Olympic champions the Netherlands square off in the Riverbank Arena. At 2pm ET, the US, led by 23-year-old Katie O’Donnel will take on an Argentina team that is hungry for its first Olympic gold medal in field hockey. Argentina will be led by seven-time Women’s Hockey Player of the Year, Luciana Aymar. The final match on Tuesday should be a good one as well when Germany, the 2004 Olympic gold medal winner takes on Australia, who won the gold in 2000.