Thursday, June 30, 2022

Hockey four quarters: Where is the pressure to make changes coming from?

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced its latest rule change to be used in international hockey.

Matches will now be split into four 15-minute quarters with timeouts for penalty corner setup and after goals. The mathematicians among you will have noticed that this makes the game only 60 minutes long instead of the 70 we are all accustomed to. The FIH press release justifies this by saying “the new 60-minute format is primarily actual playing time and eliminates the dead time associated with penalty corner set up while allowing for teams to enjoy their goal celebrations.”

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