Since the 2000 Games in Sydney, men have competed in a 12-team tournament and women in a 10-team one.
In its 100 years of Olympic existence, hockey has been essentially dominated by one country.
The Indian men’s team, with six consecutive titles between 19, was unbeaten in 30 consecutive matches, and scored 197 goals, giving away only eight.
This led to a rapid expansion of Aldershot's population going from 875 in 1851, to in excess of 16,000 by 1861 (including about 9,000 from the military).
Mrs Louisa Daniell arrived in the town at this time and set up her Soldier's Home and Institute to cater for the spiritual needs of the soldiers and their families.
When plastic turf was first used, the game suddenly became quicker and more exciting, giving birth to the modern game.
Most of the dominant nations in the sport are, or were, members of the British Empire.
In the 18th century, the stretch of the London to Winchester turnpike that passed through Aldershot between Bagshot and Farnham (now known as the Farnborough Road) was the scene of highway robberies.
At one time it had "almost as bad a reputation as Hounslow Heath".He was part of Hungary’s world champion pistol-shooting team in 1938, when an army grenade exploded, crippling his right hand.Ten years later, having taught himself to shoot with his left, he won two gold medals in the rapid-fire class.John Norden's map of Hampshire, published in the 1607 edition of William Camden's Britannia, indicates that Aldershot was a market town. The area was a vast stretch of common land, a lonely wasteland unsuitable for most forms of agriculture with scant population.As it existed at the time of the Domesday Survey in 1086, the extensive settlement of Crondall in the north-east corner of Hampshire was certainly Scandinavian, for among the customs of that great manor, which included Crondall, Yateley, Farnborough, and Aldershot, that of sole inheritance by the eldest daughter in default of sons prevailed, as over a large part of Cumberland, and this is a peculiarly Norse custom.The Aldershot riot of July 1945 caused considerable damage to the town centre when disgruntled Canadian troops rioted in the streets for two evenings.