Participants in hockey must be aware of the Rules of Hockey and of other information in this publication. They are expected to perform according to the Rules.
Emphasis is placed on safety. Everyone involved in the game must act with consideration for the safety of others. Relevant national legislation must be observed. Players must ensure that their equipment does not constitute a danger to themselves or to others by virtue of its quality, materials or design.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) does not accept responsibility for any defects or non-compliance of facilities and is not liable for any consequences resulting from their use. Any verification of facilities or equipment conducted before a match is limited to ensuring an overall appearance of compliance and sporting requirements.
Umpires exercise an important role controlling the game and ensuring fair play.
The Rules of Hockey apply to all hockey players and officials. National Associations have discretion to decide the date of implementation at national level. The date of implementation for international competition is 1 January 2022.
The Rules are issued by the FIH Rules Committee under the authority of the International Hockey Federation.
Copyright is held by the International Hockey Federation.