Field Hockey Rules
Two halves 20 – 25
minutes each with a 5 minute half time.
11 players per side,
including the goalkeeper.
The ball must be
passed or dribbled down the field with the flat side of the stick.
A goal is scored when
an attacker strikes the ball into the goal from within the striking circle.
A player may
- Shield or
obstruct the ball from an opponent with the body or stick. All players
must have an equal chance to gain control of the ball as it is dribbled
or passed down the field.
- Play the
ball with the rounded side of the stick.
hit, shove or trip an opponent.
- Play the
ball in a potentially dangerous way.
- Raise the
stick above the waist in a dangerous manner while attempting to play or
stop the ball.
the ball by any means other than with the stick.
- Stop or
deflect the ball in the air or on the ground with any part of the body.
hook, hold or interfere with and opponents stick.
- In a
penalty corner, the ball is placed on the goal line at least 10 yards
from the nearest goal post. One attacking player hits the ball to a
teammate just outside the striking circle line. No shot on goal may be
taken until the ball is stopped or comes to rest on the ground outside
the circle. All attackers must be outside the circle before the hit is
taken. On defense, a maximum of five defenders may be behind the goal
line while the remaining defenders must be positioned beyond the center
Typically, the attacking player taking the free hit passes the ball to
her teammate positioned outside the striking circle. An offensive
player will stop the ball with the stick while another player will
strike the ball at the goal.
- A penalty
corner is awarderd for the following
breach of the rule by a defender within the circle that would have
resulted in a free hit to the attacking team if the breach had
occurred outside the circle.
intentional hit over the goal line by a defender from any part of
16 – Yard Hits:
- When the
attacking team plays the ball over the backline, the defense receives a
16-yard hit. The free hit is taken 16 yards from the spot where the
ball crossed the backline.
The Push-In/Hit In
A push-in or hit-in
is awarded to the opposition if a player hits the ball over the sideline.
All players and their sticks must be at least 5 yards away from the spot
where the ball is put into play.