The area of the field to the side of the goal posts (four pockets in total on the field, one to each side of the goals at each end of the ground). The pocket is only a roughly defined area, extending from the behind post, at an angle, to perhaps about 30 meters out.
From Middle English pocket ("bag, sack"), from Anglo-Norman fro, Old Northern French poquet, poquete, diminutive of poque, poke (compare modern French pochette from Old French pochete, from puche), from Frankish *pokō, from Proto-Germanic *pukkô, *pukô, from Proto-Indo-European *bew- ("to blow, swell"). Cognate with Middle Dutch poke, Alemannic German Pfoch ("purse, bag"), Old English pocca, pohha, Old Norse poki ("bag, pocket"). Compare the related poke ("sack or bag"). See also Modern French pochette and Latin bucca.
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