Indoor Rule Changes

David Condon in action for East Grinstead at the EuroHockey Indoor Championships 450

The FIH have published the new Rules of Indoor Hockey, which will take effect internationally from 1 January 2017, but National Associations have discretion to decide the date of implementation at national level.  England Hockey have decided to introduce the new Rules across all indoor hockey in England with effect from 1 November 2016 to allow all of this seasons competitions and leagues to be played under the new rules and regulations.

There are a number of changes to the Indoor Rules and we have highlighted the “major” rule changes below. All rule changes are available in the new Indoor Rules of Hockey and can be identified by the changes having a vertical line in the left margin of the page next to the amended text. 

Major Changes

7.4 – This sees the introduction of the new style "long corners" indoor. So, if the ball crosses the backline without a goal being scored after it has been played unintentionally by a defender, or deflected by a goalkeeper or player with goalkeeping privileges (PwGKP), play is re-started by an attacker with the ball on the centre-line and in line with where it crossed the back-line. The normal procedures for taking a free push apply.

9.17 – This introduces the guidance that if the ball hits PC protective gear that has been carelessly discarded by a defender after a PC, play is restarted with either a free hit to the attack, if the item is on the pitch outside the circle, or a PC, if the item is inside the circle.

13.2 – This rule has been amended to clarify what procedures apply for attacking free pushes taken in the half that the team is attacking, bringing the Indoor Rules into alignment with the 2015 Outdoor Rules concerning attacking free hits within the 23m area. Specifically, amended Rule 13.2e clarifies that when taking a free hit in the half that they are attacking the attacking team must ensure that the ball travels at least 3m, or be touched by a defender, before being played into circle; or that the ball must travel 3m before hitting the sideboard and rebounding into the circle.

13.8e – This change makes it clear that the player defending a penalty stroke (PS) cannot move their feet once the whistle has been blown to start the PS until the attacker actually plays the ball.

14.1.b & 14.1.c – This introduces the one minute suspension for a green card into the Rules, meaning that it is no longer necessary for this to be specified in relevant tournament / competition regulations and that it must be applied in indoor hockey at all levels.

An electronic copy of the FIH Indoor Rules of Hockey 2017 can be found by clicking here