Preview Guide

The Sports of YOG – Field Games

By EditorEvents - 23 July 2010 9:00 AM | Updated 16 September 2010

The Sports of YOG – Field Games

Under the floodlights of the stadium, there’s plenty of action happening on the field. Here’s what you won’t want to miss at the YOG.



It’s one of the most popular sports in the world, and football is played between two teams of 11 players on the field at any one time. The aim of the game is to score into the opponent’s goal and prevent the other team from scoring. Only the feet are allowed to touch the ball, unless it’s thrown in from the side-line. Play time is made up of two periods of 45 minutes with a half-time break of 15 minutes. Whoever scores the most goals, wins.

Did you know? 170 footballs will be used during the games.

Read our interview with Jeffrey Lightfoot, captain of the Singapore teamhere!



Played with two teams of 11 players each on the field at any one time, players use a hooked stick to control, pass and dribble the ball. Simply put, the team that scores the most goals wins the match. At the end of each match during pool play, the winning team is awarded three points, one point for each team in a draw, and zero points for the losing team. The final standings are decided at the end of one pool competition, where the top teams face-off.

Did you know? The speed of a hockey ball can reach more than 160km/h!


Find out more about the star events (like athletics, gymnastics and swimming), the water sports, ball games, combat sports, alternative sports and the endurance sports of the Youth Olympic Games!