Monday, June 29, 2009



The rules of the game have widely changed. The main issues have been

  • to adapt the game to the new synthetic fields introduced in 1980s.
  • to enhance comprehension from non-players in order to gain TV coverage

Some of these rules changes:

  • the FIH eliminated the offside rule (similar to offside in football) in the mid-1990s in order to increase scoring opportunities.
  • Constant modifications of the penalty corner rules in order to minimize its importance in the game and its readability
  • limitation of the bow of sticks in order to limit the increasing use and power of drag flicks

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