Rules of Hockey

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have confirmed that the Mandatory Experimental Own Goal Rule will no longer be within the Rules of Hockey with effect from 1 September 2014.

The Own Goal Rule will remain in place until then. However from 1 February 2014 it will not apply in international hockey. Also, national assocations may continue to apply the rule in order to conclude competitions where the rule has been played. However, this is not mandatory.

England Hockey is currently considering its response to this and will confirm this shortly.

The FIH have also made an amendment to the Rules of Indoor Hockey and this will take immediate effect including all England Hockey indoor activity and qualifiers. This is reproduced as below

Rule 2.3f currently states that: -

Players must leave or enter the pitch for substitution purposes within 3 metres of the centre-line on a side of the pitch agreed with the umpires.

A goalkeeper who is wearing full protective equipment may take part in a substitution across the side-board near the goal they are defending

The guidance in italics is deleted and the Rule now will read: -
Players must leave or enter the pitch for substitution purposes within 3 metres of the centre-line on a side of the pitch agreed with the umpires.

As a result of this change to the Rules, it follows that goalkeepers must substitute from the same position as other players.

For full details of the FIH releases click on the links below