New Outdoor Rules 2019 - East WILL NOT be applying the new rules

On the 18th Dec with no advanced notice the International Hockey Federation announced a number of changes to the outdoor rules which are due to start on 1st of January 2019. Further details can be found here

East District will continue to play the existing rules for the time being. The rules changes will be reviewed by the Management Committee in Mid-January and we will then communicate any changes and when we will introduce them.  For information, the FIH were due to update the indoor rules at the same time. We understand that this has been delayed to the summer, and will be discussed at Management when these are communicated to us.

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Details of Rule Changes 2015 (Power Point)

FIH has today published the latest Rules of Hockey agreed at the Executive Board meeting at the FIH Congress on 30th October 2014. They are available for worldwide adoption and effective at international level from 1st January 2015.  The two Rule changes are as follows:

    The ability to take attacking free hits, awarded within 5 metres

of the edge of the circle, from the point of the offence. The change states that the ball still has to travel at least 5 metres before it can be played into the circle, or alternatively has to be touched by another player of either team, other than the player taking the free hit 

    The second change concerns the re-start, after the ball has

unintentionally been played over the back-line by a defender or deflected by a goalkeeper or player with goalkeeping privileges, and no goal is scored. Play will now be re-started with the ball on the 23 metres line and in line with where it crossed the back-line. Taking the re-start from the 23 metres line will open up the play and give more passing options

Other rule changes to help improve player safety have also been made, including the rules governing the wearing of facemasks to defend penalty corners which have been amended to increase player safety. A wider range of masks, including metal grill masks, will now be allowed to be used.

The latest Rules of Hockey will incorporate the following Tournament


1.    Green Card – two minute suspension

The two minute green card will now provide an additional management aid

to umpires at all levels (this was already being played in Scotland)

2.    Stick above the shoulder 

The skill adds another dimension to the sport and provides excitement

for fans and players alike (this was being played at NL level now East

will also adopt).

3.    Maximum length of Stick

The length of stick, as measured from the top of the stick to the

bottom of the head, shall not be more than 105cm

4.    Breaking of a Penalty Corner

The breaking at penalty corners Regulation has effected a significant

reduction in the number of breaks at Tournaments, by both attackers and