Wednesday, July 6, 2022

What is Hockey 5s? Rules and guide to FIH’s new shorter, faster format

No penalty corners, circles and shoot from anywhere

The Hero FIH Hockey5s Lausanne 2022 will be the first-ever senior World Hockey5s event organised by the world governing body.

Here’s what you need to know…

Hockey5s is played with five athletes per team, with the FIH saying that ball is in play “for about 90% of a match”, thanks to perimeter boards placed against the outside of the side-lines and back-lines.

The match duration is shorter, with two halves of 10 minutes each.

A Hockey 5s court is around half the size of a regular hockey field. Though the size can differ slightly from competition to competition

A bully takes place to re-start a match when time or play has been stopped for an injury or for any other reason and no penalty has been awarded.

Players are permitted to raise the ball with a flick or scoop provided it is not dangerous. A flick or scoop towards an opponent within four metres is considered dangerous.

There are no ‘Ds’ or striking circles marked on a Hockey5s court, meaning that there are no penalty corners, although penalty strokes can be awarded.

Players are allowed to shoot from anywhere to score a goal in Hockey5s. A goal is scored when the ball is played by an attacker from within their attacking half of the pitch and passes completely over the goal-line and under the cross-bar.

A goal may only be scored when the ball has been touched by an attacker within their attacking
half of the pitch.

FIH has high hopes for Hockey 5s PIC: FIH

Hockey 5s: 3 to know

In 2019, in order to further boost the development of hockey globally through Hockey5s, the FIH decision makers decided to create an FIH Hockey5s World Cup – with the inaugural edition planned in 2024 in Oman – and, in the near future, a Hockey5s World Tour, which will consist of events similar to Lausanne’s.

Hockey5s is designed to be adaptable to the available facilities and for players of all ages and abilities.

If the playing area is less than specified in the FIH Hockey 5 rules, it might be appropriate to play with only four players of each team on the court and no boundary boards.

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