Goals galore when hockey heads indoors

Tina Cullen celebrates after scoring in the indoor final

Spectacular indoor hockey makes a return to The SSE Arena, Wembley on 31 January 2016, as England Hockey hosts the Super 6s – an action-packed day which is one of the most popular in the hockey calendar.

Over 50 goals have been scored on Finals Day in previous years, and the nature of indoor hockey is fast, and exciting action, making it a brilliant spectacle for all ages.

The games will revert back to the 6-a-side format last seen in 2013. New this year, the women's semi-finals will also feature at the event meaning there will be six games rather than four.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) recently made a decision to implement a number of changes to the Rules of Indoor Hockey that will come into force on 1 January 2016.

The most significant of the changes means the number of players on the field of play changes back to six from five – this decision means England Hockey’s flagship indoor competition has changed from Hockey 5s to Super 6s with immediate effect to align the domestic game with the international game.

East Grinstead won the Men’s Hockey5s Final last year after beating Canterbury 6-5 in an enthralling game. Chris Griffiths’ hat-trick inspired his team to a seventh successive indoor title, however this year the club have lost inspirational leader Mark Pearn whilst other teams have strengthened as they aim to end East Grinstead’s dominance.

Throughout the five days of play, the nine competing men’s teams scored 419 goals, summing up just how exciting the competition is. On average, there were 10.7 goals per game during the 39 matches. Wimbledon and Loughborough both join the men’s top flight this campaign after finishing as the top two placed teams in Division One.

In the Women’s Hockey5s Final, Bowdon Hightown beat East Grinstead 4-1 to claim the title. Overall, 272 goals were scored throughout the 39 women’s matches, averaging at just under 7 goals per game. Surbiton and Leicester secured promotion into the top flight, meaning fans will see the England stars Georgie Twigg, Giselle Ansley, Sabbie Heesh and Holly Payne playing.

With mini hockey games, fun zones and a chance to meet England Hockey stars, the Super 6s offers a huge amount for children and families.

The event is also historically a big hit with clubs and schools – year after year large groups of club members and classmates attend and the 2016 event will feature fancy dress as a theme for group bookings and anyone else wanting to dress up. There are incentives for groups and group bookings and enquiries can be made by contacting tickets@englandhockey.co.uk or 01628 897522.

The first round of Super 6s matches are on 12-13 December with the second round on 9-10 January 2016 determining who takes their place in the Semi-Finals and Finals in both genders on 31 January.

Tickets for the Finals day cost from £17.50 for an adult and £7.50 for Under 18s (plus booking fees), are now on sale at www.englandhockey.co.uk/super6s  

More information on the change to 6-a-side can be found here.

Event and ticket information is available at www.englandhockey.co.uk/super6s  

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the event – contact Jonathan Cockcroft on jonathan.cockcroft@englandhockey.co.uk or +44 (0)7921 059386