FIH Rules of Hockey 


In addition to the FIH Rules of Hockey, CMHA also enforces the following experimental rules: 


Green Card - Two Minute Suspension 


For any offence, the offending player may be warned (indicated by a green card). Where a green card is issued the offending player shall be temporarily suspended for two (2) minutes. During the period of temporary suspension of a player, the team shall play with one less player. The umpire shall immediately restart the game after the issue of the green card. The offending player must leave the field immediately. If the player interferes with play on the way to the technical table area the umpire will further penalise the player under the normal conduct of play provisions. The two minute temporary suspension shall commence when the player is seated at the technical table area.  


Breaking at Penalty Corner 


Until the ball has been played, no attacker other than the one taking the push or hit from the back line is permitted to enter the circle and no defender is permitted to cross the centre line or back line. For any offence of this rule by a defender, the offending player(s) shall be required to go beyond the centre line and cannot be replaced by another defender. For an offence of this rule by an attacker who enters the circle before the ball is played, the offending player(s) shall be required to go beyond the centre line. The player who pushes or hits the ball from the back line must not feint at playing the ball. For an offence of this rule the offending player shall be replaced by another attacker.  

Common Rules

3.4 Captains are responsible for the behaviour of all players on their team and for ensuring that substitutions of players on their team are carried out correctly.


7.1 The ball is out of play when it passes completely over the side-line or back-line.


9.3 Players must not touch, handle or interfere with other players or their sticks or clothing.


9.4 Players must not intimidate or impede another player.


9.7 Players must not play the ball with any part of the stick when the ball is above shoulder height except that defenders are permitted to use the stick to stop or deflect a shot at goal at any height.


9.8 Players must not play the ball dangerously or in a way which leads to dangerous play. A ball is considered dangerous when it causes legitimate evasive action by players.The penalty is awarded where the action causing the danger took place.


9.9 Players must not intentionally raise the ball from a hit except for a shot at goal. A raised hit must be judged explicitly on whether or not it is raised intentionally. It is not an offence to raise the ball unintentionally from a hit, including a free hit, anywhere on the field unless it is dangerous.



9.11 Field players must not stop, kick, propel, pick up, throw or carry the ball with any part of their body. It is not always an offence if the ball hits the foot, hand or body of a field player. The player only commits an offence if they voluntarily use their hand, foot or body to play the ball or if they position themselves with the intention of stopping the ball in this way.


9.12 Players must not obstruct an opponent who is attempting to play the ball. Players obstruct if they : 

 back into an opponent

 physically interfere with the stick or body of an opponent

shield the ball from a legitimate tackle with their stick or any part of their body.


A stationary player receiving the ball is permitted to face in any direction. A player with the ball is permitted to move off with it in any direction except bodily into an opponent or into a position between the ball and an opponent who is within playing distance of the ball and attempting to play it.


9.13 Players must not tackle unless in a position to play the ball without body contact.


11.8 If the ball strikes an umpire, unauthorised person or any loose object on the field, play continues.


12.1 Advantage : a penalty is awarded only when a player or team has been disadvantaged by an opponent breaking the
Rules.If awarding a penalty is not an advantage to the team which did not break the Rules, play must continue.


13.1 Location of a free hit :
(a) a free hit is taken close to where the offence occurred ‘Close to’ means within playing distance of where the offence occurred and with no significant advantage gained. The location from which a free hit is taken must be more precise inside the 23 metres area.