League Hockey Games to Remain 70 Minutes Long

Tuesday, 26th of August 2014

This was posted by Lincoln Hockey Club prior to the creation of Lindum Hockey Club
England Hockey have announced today that, following a consideration of the rules concerning the length of hockey games, domestic league games will remain at 70 minutes in length, consisting of two 35 minute periods of play, for the coming 2014 / 2015 season. Back in March the FIH, the International Hockey Federation, announced that the format of hockey games is to change from 70 minutes of two 35 minute halves to a game of 60 minutes compromising of four 15 minute quarters at international level. The change was believed to be based upon making a better show for television audiences and followed trials in the Indian Hockey League.

England Hockey

Whilst highlighting the desire of players, coaches and umpires to replicate the conditions of international hockey, England Hockey also noted very low levels of support for the format, certainly in comparison to the enthusiasm shown for other rule changes that have come into the game in recent years.

The door has been left open for the rule to be brought in from next year as the decision will be reviewed, certainly in the case of games at the top level that are already played under EuroHockey league regulations.

You can read the full statement from England Hockey on their website.

This was posted by Lincoln Hockey Club prior to the creation of Lindum Hockey Club

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