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Before the start of Hockey World Cup 2023, know the rules related to it

Before the start of Hockey World Cup 2023, know the rules related to it

Hockey World Cup 2023 is about to begin. After its opening ceremony, now the Hockey World Cup is going to start from 13th January. Before its introduction, it is very important to know about the new rules of hockey.

The Belgian team won its first Hockey World Cup title in the year 2018 by defeating the Netherlands at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. Once again the Hockey World Cup 2023 is going to start at this place. This time, along with Bhubaneswar, matches of the Hockey World Cup are also to be played in Rourkela.

Significantly, it is difficult to play any game without rules. In such a situation, the Federation Internationale de Hockey implemented new rules in the year 2014. This is going to be the fourth World Cup to be held on the basis of these rules. At the same time, this World Cup is going to be held in India for the third time with new rules.

According to the information, the rules related to hockey are changed every two years after the Olympics or the World Cup. The federation proposed new rules ahead of the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands, which were implemented later that year. It is believed that people are not much aware of these changes implemented since 2014. In such a situation, let us tell you the latest rules related to hockey which will be followed during the World Cup as well.

how long will the game be
On 20 March 2014, after a successful trial in the Euro Hockey League, the federation announced that all international matches would be played at 60 minutes. Each match will be divided into quarters of 60 minutes each. Earlier there used to be a 70-minute match. In this match, a five-minute break was given to the players after 35 minutes.

At the same time, according to the new rules, a 40-second time out has also been given to allow on-field celebration time. Penalties are also imposed for exceeding this time. According to the new format, hockey will also be considered a high intensity, fast paced and more exciting game. This will enable event organizers and broadcasters to develop more engaging fan experiences both at the venue, on TV and online. Reviewing the highlights, interpreting the game, people around the world can put a better lens on the exciting game of hockey.

According to information, the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2018 World Cup were played in Odisha with the new changes. The differences in the results of the two games were subtle, but noticeable. Teams and coaches were forced to make tactical adjustments to their playing styles during this time. Earlier, at the 2012 London Olympics and 2014 World Cup in The Hague, averages of 4.87 and 4.26 goals per game were scored respectively under the traditional formation. The year 2016 Rio Olympics, 2018 Odisha World Cup and 2020 Tokyo Olympics saw goals of 4.97, 4.36 and 5.50.

Latest round of changes prioritizes player safety
In the eight years since these significant rule reforms, the FIH has continued to make small but still necessary revisions to its rulebook every few years. While the 2017 and 2019 updates offered more in-depth explanations of existing rules and minor similar rules. The year 2022 edition marked two major changes to the Laws of the Game prioritizing the safety of the players.

The first relates to the wearing of protective equipment during and immediately after the penalty corner. As part of the change, players on the defending team during a penalty corner may “continue to play the ball outside the (shooting) circle after an interception” as well as run with the ball after the corner. Huh. However, he must remove his protective equipment “at the first opportunity” within the 23-metre line beyond the shooting circle.

The second focuses on aerial balls. Because the old rules were unclear on the permissible way for players to play and intercept airborne balls—creating a greater risk of collisions and head injuries—the revised rules provide more detail.

Players must not approach within 5 meters of an opponent receiving a fallen raised ball until it has been received, controlled and grounded. The ball may be intercepted within 5 metres, but outside playing distance, provided it is done so in a safe manner. The starting receiver has possession of the ball. If it is unclear which player is the initial receiver, the player on the team that picked up the ball must allow the opponent to receive it,” the rulebook now states on aerial balls.

Since the institution of these rules, India has played in three international tournaments, the 2022-23 FIH Men’s Pro League (which will continue in July this year), the 2022 Men’s Asia Cup and the 2022 Commonwealth Games. While the top-level Men’s Pro League has seen 4.28 goals per game so far, the Asia Cup in Jakarta and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham saw 6.25 and 6.96 goals per game respectively. However, this discrepancy was largely due to lower level national teams such as Scotland, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Ghana competing with top teams such as India, Australia and England.

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