Rules

Field goal conversions and a mandatory winner are some of the exciting initiatives in the Sultana Bran Hockey One League.

The rules, which have been ratified by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), are designed to produce fast and highly entertaining hockey that encapsulates the buzz surrounding the new league.

The Sultana Bran Hockey One is fan-centric and these initiatives will give fans more celebratory moments.

Team lists will be restricted to 15 players in total, irrespective of the number of goalkeepers, which is in contrast to international matches.

Another initiative is the implantation of the field goal conversion rule, which was at the 2018 Australian Hockey League and is a slight variation to a rule used in the Euro Hockey League.

When a field goal or penalty stroke awarded during field play is scored, the same athlete will have an automatic one-on-one shootout with the goalkeeper for the chance of an extra goal.

This will encourage a move away from a reliance on penalty corners (drag-flick) and is a great example of Hockey One’s focus on creating moments to celebrate.

All matches must also have an outright result, with drawn matches to be decided by a penalty shootout.

Match points will be given with five points for a win, or two points to each team in the event scores are level at full time. A shootout will then occur, with one point awarded to the winner of the shoot-out.

The loser of the match decided in regular time will receive no points.

The rules and regulations were based on trials conducted during the last season of the Australian Hockey League (AHL) in 2018 and after extensive feedback from the hockey community.

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Standard field hockey rules and regulations apply with the exception of the following additions:

  • Restricted Team Lists. Teams are restricted to 15 players in total including goal keepers.
  • Field Goal Conversions. When a field goal or penalty stroke awarded during field play is scored, the same athlete will have an automatic one-on-one shootout with the goalkeeper for the chance of an extra goal.
  • All matches must have a winner. Match points will be given with five points for a win, or two points to each team in the event scores are level at full time. A shootout will then occur, with one point awarded to the winner of the shoot-out. The losing team of a match decided in regular time will receive 0 points.