The Game

Two teams.
Sticks curved at the striking end.
11 players.
A playing field.
And one aim in mind

To score a goal by getting the ball past the goalkeeper.


Think hockey is just a game? Think again. It’s a fast-moving, highly skilled sport, and it takes fast moves, quick accurate passing, and hard hits to be a player.


Field Players
Besides the goalkeeper, these are the other 10 players who are designated to three specific categories – Attackers, Midfielders and Defenders.


Match Duration
A regulation hockey match lasts 68 minutes – which is broken into four quarters of 17 minutes each, an interval of 2 minutes between  quarter 1 and 2 and between quarter 3 and 4 and a half-time interval of 5 minutes between quarter 2 and 3. The team with the most goals at the end of the 68 minutes is the winner, but it’s also possible for a match to end in a draw. In some matches – such as a championship game – where a winner must be announced, the match goes into extra time (where the first team to score wins), and if necessary, to a shootout.


Each match is controlled by two umpires. Each umpire controls half of the pitch and works cooperatively in the middle section of the pitch.

Download the latest rules of the game below: