Friday, July 12, 2024

What is hockey’s penalty corner future?

With the FIH’s recent worldwide consultation regarding the penalty corner, and in particular the safety side of things, it has got me thinking about the future of this core aspect of our game. 

I for one am a huge fan of the penalty corner. Why? Plenty of reasons. 

The attacking routine. The defensive set-up. The clash between goalkeeper and drag flicker/hitter. The execution of specialist skills. The attention focused on that moment within a game. The mental battles. The video analysis of opposition teams. The training of variations. I could go on… 

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  1. It’s not only the skills, but the balance of the game that would be changed. Unless they replaced the PC with an alternative which gave an equally good chance of scoring then there’s no jeopardy to stop defences smothering the D and tactically fouling to stop an attack.
    Think of how many tight games have gone down to the wire with defences desperate not to foul and give away a PC near the end of a game, attacking sides committing everything to a final attack knowing they could at least gain a PC for their efforts.


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