Jamie Dwyer Hates Own Goal Rule in Hockey: Do you also?

Jamie Dwyer - Kookaburras / Australian Hockey Player (Photo Credit: Raghu Prasad R V)

Five-time World Player of the Year, Olympic Gold medalist and Australian co-captain Jamie Dwyer has announced this week on twitter that he hates Own Goal rule in hockey.

Wow! A pretty emphatic statement if ever I (Adam Clifford) saw one. I can’t imagine many defenders or goalkeepers are keen on this rule, but if the world’s best striker also isn’t on board then alarm bells should be ringing for the FIH rules committee.

Dwyer is of course referring to what the FIH termed a “mandatory experiment” in which if the ball touches or is played by a player of the defending team in the shooting circle, and then travels over the goal line without first leaving the circle, then it will be counted as an “own goal” against the defending team. FIH approved this rule effective on January 1, 2013. Continue reading →

New Hockey Tournament Regulations will come into effect from 13 August

Today (July 16, 2012), FIH (Fédération Internationale de Hockey / International Hockey Federation) has published a new edition of the FIH Tournament Regulations on the FIH Website. These new Regulations will come into effect from August 13, 2012 until an update is published by the FIH, the world governing body for Field Hockey.

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Following the format used for the Regulations for the Olympic Games, the latest Regulations have undergone major review, and the order of each section and appendices is now more logical and stated in clearer words.

Apart from major changes in the sections: The duties and responsibilities of Tournament Directors, Protests and appeals, and Competition formats, most of the content is the same as the earlier edition; but other changes to the Regulations also include: Continue reading →