How many total players are there in Kho-Kho?

By Mandeep Kumar|Updated : July 28th, 2022

In Kho-Kho, there is a total of 12 players. It is a traditional Indian outdoor sport. After Kabaddi, it is the country's second most popular tag game. In 1959, the first All India Kho Kho Championship was held at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. On the other hand, the first-ever Asian Championship was held in Kolkata in 1996.

Answer: There are 12 players per side in Kho-Kho. 9 Players play on the field whereas 3 players are extra.

This game has existed in some form or the other for thousands of years. However, it is hard to determine the origin of Kho-Kho. It is believed that certain aspects of the game have been mentioned in the epic Mahabharata.

How to Play Kho-Kho?

The match starts with a coin toss. The players in Kho-Kho aim to hunt down an opponent and score points. The game is conducted by following specific rules and regulations. A Kho-Kho match has two innings and each inning has two turns. The team with the highest points at the end of the two innings wins the game.

Kho-Kho Field Measurement

Following are the key points related to the Kho-Kho field:

  • The shape of the Kho-Kho field is rectangular.

  • The measurement of the field is 27m x 16m.

  • The two 27m lines are known as side lines.

  • The other two 16m lines are called end lines.

  • Two lines are drawn to demarcate two small rectangular areas at both ends of the field at a distance of 1.5m parallel to the two end lines are called free zones.

  • Two poles are planted vertically on the ground midway through the inner edge of the two free zones.


How many total players are there in Kho-Kho?

A total of 12 players are there in Kho-Kho per side i.e. 9 main players and 3 substitutes.

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