Girls Field Hockey Rules
Girls' field hockey is a popular sport played in both high schools and colleges. It is a game that promotes teamwork, agility, and precision.
The game is governed by specific rules to ensure fair play and safety. Some of the key FIH hockey rules are:
- Teams consist of 11 players, including 6 substitutes.
- Players can only use one side of their hockey stick to hit the ball.
- A goal is scored when the ball is hit into the opponent’s goal from within the 16-yard area.
- Players cannot run with the ball in hand or push it ahead of them.
- If the ball goes over the sidelines, the opposite team restarts the game.
- The total duration of a match is 60 minutes, divided into four quarters of 15 minutes each.
- Proper equipment like a hockey stick, shoes, guards, and a ball are required.
Differences from men's field hockey and ice hockey
Ice hockey and field hockey, while sharing the same aim of scoring goals in the opponent's nets are vastly different in their gameplay and rules.
Ice hockey is played on a rink with a puck instead of a ball, and players glide on ice skates instead of running in cleats. It allows for physical contact between players, adding an element of physicality that is not present in field hockey, which is a non-contact sport
The number of players also differs, with ice hockey having six players (including the goalie) on the rink at any given time, compared to 11 players in field hockey.
The rules and gameplay are generally similar for both men’s and women’s field hockey. However, in some countries like the United States, field hockey is more popular among women than men.