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The Rules of Hockey (Field Hockey) – EXPLAINED!

Ninh explains The Rules of Field Hockey
Field Hockey more commonly known as just hockey, is a
game play with two teams of 16 with 11 players taking to the field
at any one time. They consist of one goalkeeper three defenders, four midfielders and
three forwards. The object of the game is for your team
score more goals than the opposing team. To score a goal, a player must use their
hockey stick and shoot the ball into the goal. The
ball must completely cross the goal line for the goals to count. The field is
100 yards long by 60 yards wide and there are lines at the halfway point and at 23 meters Goals are 12 feet wide and 7 feet high
and surrounding the goals are the shooting circles which form a 50 meter radius around the
goals. The winner the coin toss starts the game. Once team has possession of the ball
they will try and move the ball towards the opposing goalkeeper and try and score. You can pass the ball
directly between team mates. Lift the ball so long as there’s no one
in the way, or dribble the ball by running and controlling the ball with the
flat side the stick only. Unlike in ice hockey, a field hockey
stick has a flat side and a rounded side and you’re only allowed to touch the ball
with the flat side stick. Should you touch the ball with the wrong
side of the stick, the other team will be awarded possession of the ball. The idea is to set up in good field
position to be able to shoot the ball towards the goal. The opposing team will try and stop you
by tackling. They are allowed to try and take the ball away from you from the front or from the side. However
they cannot tackle you from behind nor can more than one player try and tackle a ball carrier at any one time. They will try and take the ball away
from you so that they can score themselves The game is played in two 35-minute halves for combined playing time of 70 minutes Highest score at the end of time wins. If
the game is tied at the end of time a draw can be declared, or if it’s a
knockout competition extra time and penalty shootouts can be used to determine the winner. That’s basically the gist of it, but there’s a few other things you’ll need to understand before playing or going to a game. For example:
Substitution There are unlimited substitutions in field
hockey, and they can be made at any time so long as the player be substituted comes
off first. Free Hit. A free hit is awarded to the
other team if a player kicks the ball If a player touches it with any part of the
body except the stick. If there’s more than one person trying
to tackle ball carrier or by deliberately causing an obstruction or intentionally shielding the ball
and getting in the way. Dangerous Play. Dangerous Play is usually excessive body
contact with another player. It can also be using the stick in a
dangerous manner, playing the ball dangerously by lifting the ball within five
meters above the player, or playing the ball dangerously above shoulder height. Dangerous play
can be punished by either a green card which is a warning, a yellow card where the
players sent off temporarily for five minutes or a red card where you are sent off the pitch without substitution. Long Corner: If a defender
unintentionally hits the ball behind the goal-line a long corn is awarded to the attacking team at one of the long corner marks at each of the field. Penalty Corner: more
commonly known as a ‘short corner’ this is awarded if a defender
deliberately hits the ball behind their own goal line. The attacking
team places the ball at the short corner mark inside the circle, and only the goalkeeper and four defenders can guard the net All other players must be outside the circle.
The ball is then hit into play and is usually stopped and then shot
towards the goal. Penalty Stroke: If a defender intentionally fouls a player with a legitimate chance to score, a penalty stroke will be awarded to the attacking team. The ball is placed on the ground at the penalty spot, and just like ice hockey it’s one shot only.
Any goals scored count towards the overall score. Penalty Shootout.
For games where a winner must be determined in the event of a draw, a penalty shootout may occur. There are 5 shooters on each team and each one is are allowed 8 seconds to shoot the ball Only the goalkeeper is allowed to guard the net and any rebounds can be shot into the goal so long as 8 seconds has not expired. Team in the most goals after the
shoot-out wins. Now that’s a lot to take in, but as you watch or play field hockey the rules will become clear. If you found
this video helpful please like comment, share & subscribe. It
takes me ages to make one of the things and good karma is very much
appreciated. If you’re also on Reddit you can post this video and discuss it there, but in the meantime … enjoy field hockey
or just hockey if you prefer?! Ninh Ly,, @NinhLyUK

David Frank



  1. Thato Nkabinde Posted on May 11, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Please explaining hacking. Not sure how to ref that.

  2. Priscilla Brittain Posted on May 17, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    you brilliant yes there's a lot of logistics to understand all at on go.

  3. Shining Champ Posted on May 30, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Love the vid man!

  4. Matthew James Posted on June 1, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    You forget about you can only score from the D or the line around the goal and there is no own goals theraticly as well as offside.
    I know this because I play goalkeeper in Hockey

  5. Dajah Williams Posted on June 15, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    I am actually starting Field Hockey next school year. I was confused because I have actually never played the sport before, but it seems to be clinging in my head now that my friends sister plays.

  6. Isabelle B. Posted on August 2, 2017 at 1:32 am

    very helpful

  7. Jordan Strauss Posted on August 5, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    that was great I under stand more about the game

  8. Gianna Sullivan Posted on August 12, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks for the help

  9. shan ali Posted on August 25, 2017 at 11:17 am

    nice for learning great

  10. Ana Margueirat Posted on August 25, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    the video is old. Long corner is different now

  11. James Doll Posted on August 28, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I have a hockey trial tomorrow and I've never really played the sport before! I signed up just to play with my friend, and am now well out of my depth. Thank you so much for this video, you're a real saviour!

  12. nicole denaker Posted on September 10, 2017 at 8:13 am

    this video was helpful thanks 🙂

  13. Makayla Neal Posted on September 19, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    You don't need that exact field player setup just to let you know

  14. Heather Fordeck Posted on September 26, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Your not allowed to steel the ball from the side

  15. Nikhilesh Surve Posted on September 28, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Isn't Hockey now 3 thirds of 20 mins? I know they've changed the rules & I wanted to know those changes. Although such sports should remain with 2 halves.

  16. Liam Whitby Posted on October 16, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Everything i needed, played my first game saturday and did not have a clue why the wistle went so i just backed off. Now i know, great stuff

  17. Kinder101 Posted on October 16, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I guess I know what sport I'm trying out this year 🙂

  18. Aaliyah highofflife Posted on October 19, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Thank youuu.

  19. UsernameNot Found Posted on October 26, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Ninh Ly You need to do the Scottish sport called Shinty. Same roots as Hurling, Ice hockey and Bandy. They even play an international game Vs Hurling every year.

  20. Helen Williams Posted on November 2, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    I am a PE lead and trying to make PE lessons have more meaning. This is great to play to the kids to actually get them engaged and see what they are working towards.
    Thank you

  21. Tema Vero Posted on November 2, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Maaaaan, hockey has 2 teams of 11!

  22. Benish Furqan Posted on November 5, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    This was helpful

  23. Erik Ason Posted on November 27, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    This gives me a real deep inside into the dos and donts of the game. Great video

  24. Tringapore Posted on December 3, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Long corner is now take at 23m line. Directly opposite the short corner line or "T" spot. I also remember a ball just outside the "D" and not allow to directly send it in unless the ball travelled 5m.

  25. Jort Pit Posted on December 5, 2017 at 11:59 am

    You can substitute at Any time, with the exception of the penalty corner

  26. LoveMe,com Posted on January 29, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Very well said. This is very useful for all the players of field hockey on what are the do’s and don’ts when you play hockey.

  27. Meryck Park Posted on January 30, 2018 at 6:48 am

    REAL hockey>field hockey

  28. poppylouise wilson Posted on February 2, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Brilliant. Thankyou. My kids play and i find it difficult to enjoy watching them play as i didnt know the rules. DIDNT. 🙂

  29. Pallavi Joshi Posted on February 15, 2018 at 11:10 am

    it's really useful for me…..thanku soo much from heart ❤

  30. Okxy Nikii Posted on February 21, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    I'm a girl who put her hand up to a hockey tournament and got chosen and has 1% knowledge of actual rules of hockey 🙂

  31. BJP Videos Posted on March 4, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Are u sure about that Penalty Corner rule mate?

  32. Mad Man Posted on March 16, 2018 at 5:31 am

    you kinda missed a few rules oooops 🙂

  33. chloe long Posted on April 7, 2018 at 11:14 am

    this was so helpful when i was starting out !! I still every now and again watch to get a brief update and refresh my mind!! I HIGHLY recommend , especially for beginners!!!

  34. DarkForrest Gaming Posted on April 7, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    I'm doing a Field Hockey expository speech on Monday…I just started working on it, I'm dead! (it's Saturday)

  35. thierryman Posted on May 11, 2018 at 2:32 am

    Dribbling the ball is making my head hurt because i'm used to ice hockey. Not being allowed to use both sides of the stick is hard!

  36. Comedy Club Posted on May 12, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you for this great and important Rule of this game

  37. gus gamer Posted on May 14, 2018 at 7:26 am

    The positions are different now

  38. Minnesota Arctic Blast Posted on May 15, 2018 at 12:24 am

    Now i like Field Hockey , gee thanks !

  39. QuantumFrost Posted on May 17, 2018 at 6:19 am

    It's a very skilful game, stick skills are hard due to the one sidedness of the stick and the small size of the ball and stick head

  40. Mad Man Posted on May 20, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Penalty corners are also awarded if a foot is conceded in the circle.

  41. Chad B Posted on May 21, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Ice hockey is way better!

  42. SEb de Viaje Posted on May 27, 2018 at 3:53 am

    I just bought a stick and I'm eager to learn, but I haven't found a club to play in yet… :-/

  43. Yaoyu Xie18 Posted on June 1, 2018 at 4:41 am


  44. Jappan Behl Posted on June 11, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    I don't understand the 1 sided stick clearly, being left handed, I had a thought, you can just have left handed players with left handed sticks on the left side and right handed players with right handed sticks on the right side, or are there no left handed sticks in field hockey?

  45. Rohit Pal Posted on June 12, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    I don't understand why Field hockey is not as popular as ice hockey ..

  46. Yudi Prasetio Posted on June 18, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    How about fighting in fiels hockey?

  47. Dylan Campbell Posted on June 27, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    My back hurts watching this video

  48. setokaiba991 Posted on June 29, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    field hockey is what happens when you combine the rules of ice hockey and soccer into one sport. REAL hockey is played on ICE and in the winter. Field Hockey is a softer less physical version of ice hockey. Hockey is CANADA's GAME. CANADA 2010 and 2014 OLYMPIC Hockey CHAMPIONS!!!.

  49. anneeq008 Posted on July 1, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    What's the dashed semi circles outside the solid circle for?

  50. Andrew Byron Posted on July 4, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    For the purposes of my research this was really clear and very useful. Many thanks for your effort.

  51. Muhammad Mirsab Posted on July 5, 2018 at 2:41 am

    I think I'm ready for a game, this actually made me excited to watch hockey (can't play though cos people here don't play it).
    Initially I felt hockey didn't have much to it, but now I'm interested.

  52. alex thompson Posted on July 5, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Long corner got changed its now at the 23 meter line and in line where the ball goes over the back line

  53. Nicky Molitoris Posted on July 6, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    What a lame sport

  54. Edwin Mark Breag Posted on July 7, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Very Nice Sir, Thank you so much.

  55. Coordinator Posted on July 18, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    But now the game is played in 4 15 minute quarters. That's how it was in the last Olympics.

  56. waifu breaks Posted on July 23, 2018 at 11:42 am

    This is the inferior version of hockey.

  57. Owen Galbraith Posted on July 30, 2018 at 9:43 am

    why is the australian team in it the whole time?

  58. Deborah Smith Posted on September 6, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Thanks I am a new referee so this is a great short video of the basic rules you need to know

  59. DD E Posted on September 8, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you so much for making this video you made everything clear good job

  60. Phil UnityUnreal Posted on September 15, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    I love the background music of this video. I am curious to know the name of the artist and the music. The funny thing is I have never play field hockey in my life yet but I love this sport!

  61. DMB4UnME Posted on September 17, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks, this was very helpful!

  62. Rono Roy Posted on September 18, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    U were a bit fast @the end but fantastic vid.

  63. Joey Anderson Posted on September 20, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Field hockey also known as hockey I’d say that ice hockey is better and deserves that title even if this was made first

  64. Kartik Sridhar Posted on September 30, 2018 at 7:04 am

    30 years old now tried field hockey in school for a few months and left it due to academic pressure …….now have been working out for the past one year made myself fitter…..hoping to give it a shot again ……..just for fun and love of the sport…..thanks for the video 😀

  65. Freestyler Gaming HD Posted on October 20, 2018 at 8:23 am

    When I watched I remembered my country Ireland went in the final of the world cup while ranked 16th

  66. Cadence Lloyd Posted on October 25, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    thanks man that really helped

  67. Brian Posted on November 1, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    The video said you can only hit the ball with flat side of stick but in the video it showed players dribbling using both sides of the end of the stick.. I think you should be able to use any part of the stick to hit the ball personally.. also it says no shielding but I was watching a college game on tv and many players would position themselves with back to the defender

  68. Erik Micah Moore Posted on November 14, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    That really helped my PE class. Thanks!

  69. Sadiq Najwan Posted on November 28, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    not they played quarters not halves anymore

  70. Utkarsh Mishra Posted on December 5, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Thank you gentleman.

  71. 施宇洋 Posted on December 16, 2018 at 12:56 am

    It seems more games formats in 15 mins x 4 quarters plays these years. The world cup which the Final play on today too.

  72. Jeshua Esher Posted on December 21, 2018 at 11:29 am

    1:42 i thought it's played in 4×15 minutes???

  73. guy on the battlefield's sidekick Posted on January 5, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    What the heck is this!?

  74. Count Gukoo Posted on January 7, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Why am I watching this I've played hockey for 5 years now 👀

  75. Steven Hughes Posted on January 9, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    "The ball is placed on the ground at the penalty spot and, just like ice hockey, it's one shot only" – I don't think Ice Hockey has a one shot only penalty?

  76. Brandon Hea Posted on January 14, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Why have round side of stick if flat side is the only one allowed to touch ball

  77. Ruben T Posted on January 20, 2019 at 1:54 am

    I tried watching field hockey once. I had to turn it off after five minutes because my back hurt so much. The sticks are as short as a hurley.

  78. Zahoor Ali Mehdi Posted on January 24, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Hi ✋

    Why are not You Uploading Videos ?

  79. Geetesh Rana Posted on February 9, 2019 at 9:48 am

    can you do video on different types of hockey game ??

  80. Layth Posted on February 10, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Bending over all the time doesn't hurt you back

  81. Games Lover Posted on February 21, 2019 at 1:55 am

    next time in hindi

  82. asutosh prasad Posted on March 2, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Can u please help me the terms like bully, circle and post back.

  83. Shikshan Hindi Posted on April 8, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    This is the best video i have since thus far

  84. varinder singh Posted on April 26, 2019 at 4:35 am

    Rules easily explained

  85. julz O'sullivan Posted on May 10, 2019 at 9:59 am

    These rules are out of date

  86. Jason Stevenson Posted on May 29, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Finally! I understand what the hell is going on at my kid's games….

  87. Aravind Thangam Posted on June 7, 2019 at 3:58 pm


  88. Emily Castaldo Posted on June 20, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Im hopeing to play next school year,thanks for the info

  89. Mitchell MONEY Posted on July 12, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    the rules have changed a bit like a stick check and taken a long corner at the 25

  90. Duong Hoang Minh Posted on July 16, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    What Ball do they play hockey?

  91. The zjfking Posted on August 10, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Couple rules left out but that’s ok

  92. zenaida rodriguez Posted on August 12, 2019 at 2:50 am

    i’m trying out for my hs team tomorrow, this was helpful!

  93. ktvlogz4life Posted on August 17, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    0:50 the opposing goalkeeper will not let them score. #goalkeepersareamazingpeople