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The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announces that during the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy (women) and the ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy (men) team video umpire referrals will be used.

In addition to the match umpires, teams can also refer to the video umpire. This variation to the Tournament Regulations has already been tested during the Hero Honda FIH World Cup and will also apply to both Champions Trophies and the BDO FIH World Cup Women later this year.

Each team is allowed one team referral during any match (i.e. including any extra time periods and penalty stroke competitions). Team referrals are restricted to decisions within the 23 meter areas relating to the award (or non-award) of goals, penalty strokes and penalty corners. Any team player, on the pitch at the time of the incident, can request a Team Referral.

In the event that a Team Referral is upheld, the referring team will retain its right of referral. The award of personal penalty cards may not be the subject of a Team Referral.

The Samsung FIH Champions Trophy (women) will take place in Nottingham, England from 10-18 July 2010 and will feature Olympic, World and European Champion Netherlands, Olympic silver medalist China, Olympic bronze medalist and defending champion Argentina, Germany, Oceania Champion New Zealand and host England.

The ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy (men) will be held in Monchengladbach, Germany from 31 July-8 August and will see Olympic Champion and host Germany, World and Oceania Champion Australia, Olympic silver medalist Spain, World Cup bronze medalist Netherlands, European Champion England and New Zealand in action.

The FIH has used the extremely successful video umpire system at all of its main tournaments, including the Olympic Games, since the Champions Trophy in 2006.