FIH has confirmed that Video Umpire will be operational at the London Olympics for field hockey matches on the main pitch in Riverbank Arena. Hockey is also making use of technology as it is becoming an increasingly important part of sports.
Beijing Olympics also utilized the services of video umpire but back then, only the match umpire could refer but in London Olympics, each team is allowed one team referral in addition to the referral by umpire, i.e. very similar to the World Cup 2010 (Delhi).
In London, field umpires will have an option to refer their decisions to a video umpire to convince themselves before taking a decision of awarding or disallowing a goal or whether there was a breach of the rules in the play leading to the goal in the attacking quarter. Any player on the pitch at the time of incident may request for referral for his team at any time during a match, including extra time in classification matches, but during shoot-outs only umpire referrals are allowed.
Each team is permitted one team referral, which should be initiated through the match umpire by using ‘T’ Signal and then confirm it verbally. The referring player should also explain to match umpire what should be reviewed. The umpire talks to the video, who goes through the replays from available camera angles. The video umpire recommends to the match umpire, while the final decision is always taken by the match umpire. The decisions of goals, penalty strokes and penalty corners within 23 meters area are allowed to refer but penalty cards cannot be referred.