Field Hockey Rules

Rules Changes for 2014 Winter Season

With effect from the start of the 2014 Winter Season the experimental rule 8.1 will be deleted and replaced by:

8.1 A goal is scored when the ball is played within the circle by an attacker and does not travel outside the circle before passing completely over the goal-line and under the crossbar.

The ball may be played by a defender or touch their body before or after being played in the circle by an attacker.

Additionally that as of the start of the 2014 Winter Season the guidance to Rule:

9.7 “Defenders are also permitted to use the stick to stop or deflect the ball at any height if it is otherwise likely to enter the goal as a result of Mandatory Experimental Rule 8”  will be deleted.