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Outdoor Hockey

This page contains the latest rules, interpretations, and videos for Outdoor Field Hockey.

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2017 Rules of Outdoor Hockey Including Explanations (664Kb). Updated: Jan 1, 2017 Complete, official rules of Outdoor Field Hockey
2017 Rules of Outdoor Hockey - FIH Umpires Manager Briefings (226Kb). Updated: December 16, 2014
This document is designed to provide umpires with match preparation and guidelines on interpreting the rules in various situations.
2015 Rule Changes - Video
2016 Rio Olympic Hockey Umpire Briefing Video Excellent video showing different match situations and how to handle them
FHNS Outdoor Hockey Rules FAQ (85Kb). Updated: May 8, 2012 A list of Questions and Answers on the rules and how to interpret them
Simple explanation of the Rules (174Kb). Updated: June 22, 2011 This document is meant for new players, parents, etc. and provides a basic explanation of the rules.
2017 USA Field Hockey Outdoor Rules Briefing Covers specific 5m rule, situations around the circle, aerial balls, umpire anticipation & positioning guidelines
Live action rules video Covers bad tackles, aerial balls, raised balls on free hit, obstruction, third-party obstruction, goalkeeper obstruction, goalkeeper substitution, penalty corners (breaking, delay), penalty stroke, time-outs, danger, captain's role

Outoor Hockey Umpiring Videos

Some of the videos may be in Adobe Flash format or QuickTime videos. Click on the Flash Player  icon to download a free Adobe Flash Player or on the QuickTime Player Download icon to download the free Apple QuickTime player.

Video explanation on the new Outdoor Self-Pass Rule (YouTube)

You can find other videos explaining this rule on YouTube (Search for "Field Hockey Self-pass") as well as in the FIH Rules of Hockey Video Library.

FIH Rules of Hockey Video Library (view via Internet) Excellent resource! 37 mini clips from international matches showing various legal and illegal situations such as  aerial balls, tackles, self-pass, obstruction, and advantage calls. Each video has supporting information such as the applicable rule, decision, guidance, and interpretation.

New videos:

Penalty Shoot-Out Competition
 FIH Explanation of the Shoot-Out Procedures

 Video of a shoot-out in progress - Arg v NZ (2014)
 Video of a shoot-out in progress - Ind vs Pak (2014)
 Video of a shoot-out in progress - USA vs Aus (2014)
 Video of a shoot-out in progress - Canada vs NZ (2015)

The FIH has implemented a new method for settling ties at the end of a game. This is not a new rule but a tournament regulation. Therefore, it is up to each league/tournament to determine if they wish to use this new regulation.

Umpires: note where each of the two umpires are located during the shoot-out. Typically, the umpires stand in the circle on either side of the action. That way, they can help each other in case one person's view is blocked. If you have a spare umpire, he/she can stand on the goal-line to make sure the ball has crossed the line. Suggestion: get a third person to manage the 8-second timer.


Cards (Green & Yellow) - June 2016

Danger - June 2016

Delaying Self-Pass - June 2016

Hitting Ball through Player - June 2016

Management (players, situations) - June 2016


Overhead Balls - June 2016

Raised Balls - June 2016

Self Pass / Free Hits

Tackles - Bad - June 2016

Tackles - Good & Bad - June 2016

Umpire: Cooperation / Referrals

Umpire: Positioning - June 2016

Starting the Game

Timing at Penalty Corners

Source: All these videos have been extracted from international matches umpired by the top umpires in the world.

Purpose: The purposes is to help umpires and players see how calls are made and to learn by watching.

Each link on the left will take you to YouTube where you will see multiple videos of each topic. In some cases you will need a speaker to hear the conversation between the umpires or with the players.

The date indicates when new content has been added.

Tackles - Bad has lots of examples of cards issued

Bad Tackles - Jun 2016
Bad Tackles - Jun 2016