FROM THE ARCHIVE: Ten years ago, in 2014, the FIH announced its latest rule change to be used in international hockey. This is how THP reported on the major new ruling at the time
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.”
It is interesting reasoning, although I’ve never seen a team celebrate a goal so long or so vigorously that the officials have felt the need to stop the time, so I’m not convinced this is an issue that exists. I’ve long been frustrated by the amount of time it takes teams, especially at the top level, to get ready for penalty corners. The existing 45-second rule seems to help with that immensely, so again, it seems to me they are solving a problem that might not exist.
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