Rules of Game

The FIH (the international governing body) are responsible for the rules of Outdoor Hockey (11 a-side), Indoor Hockey and Para-ID Hockey. Below you can download the rules for each format of the game and even order your own rulebook.


Outdoor Hockey (11 a-side)
Get the interactive FIH Rules of Hockey App now! At the convenience of the touch of a button, you can be sure to have the latest rules of Outdoor Hockey on-the-go. Covering the must-know for both players and umpires including a Quiz feature and Videos.








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FIH Rules of Hockey 2017

Hand Protection Measuring

Rules of Hockey 2015 – Adjustment to Rule 13.2 as at 16 February 2016


Indoor Hockey
As with the Outdoor Rules, we normally update our Indoor Hockey rulebook every two years and changes made within this period are published separately below. The 2016 edition of the rulebook, which came into effect on January 1st 2016, is as below; as is the 2017 edition, which comes into effect on January 1st 2017 for International Hockey, although Continental Federations and National Associations may, if they wish, implement the changes sooner for matches within their jurisdiction.

Rules of Indoor Hockey 2017


Para-ID Hockey
Para-ID Hockey is a further complementary version of the sport. The Rules of Para-ID Hockey are below, together with a Short Version of these Rules.

Para ID Rules – 2016

Para ID Rules – 2016 (Short Version)