Rules of Hockey

Hockey or "field hockey" as it is also known (to differentiate it from ice hockey) is an 11-a-side game played on a pitch 100 yards by 60 yards (91.4 metres x 55 metres) with a ball which has a 23cm circumference.  Each player has a stick with a rounded head to play the ball with the ultimate aim of scoring goals by putting the ball in the other team’s goal.

The rules of hockey are very similar to the rules of football except that players must use sticks instead of their feet to play the ball.  There are 11 players on a team made up of a Goalkeeper, Defenders, Midfielders and Attackers. The only player on the field who is allowed to use their feet and hands as well as their stick is the goalkeeper.

The International Hockey Federation is responsible for the Rules of Hockey.

England Hockey - Rules of Hockey

Hampshire Hockey - Understanding the new rules

Presentation of the new rules - how to play the rules

Umpiring - how to apply the rules