GOALIES CIRCLE: New goalkeepers need to know the Hockey rules that apply to goalkeepers

If you asked goalkeepers or coaches charged with the responsibility of teaching a new goalkeeper what are the rules that specifically apply to goalkeeping you might get an array of answers. As a specialist hockey position it also has specialist rules that apply to its role. This article reviews; Goalkeepers Conduct of play: goalkeepers and players with goalkeeping privileges.

10.1
A goalkeeper who wears protective equipment comprising at least headgear, leg guards and kickers must not take part in the match outside the 23 metres area they are defending, except when taking a penalty stroke.

Protective headgear must be worn by a goalkeeper at all times, except when taking a penalty stroke.

10.2
A player with goalkeeping privileges must not take part in the match outside the 23 metres area they are defending when wearing the protective headgear but may remove the headgear and take part in the match anywhere on the field.

Protective headgear must be worn by a player with goalkeeping privileges when defending a penalty corner or penalty stroke.

10.3
When the ball is inside the circle they are defending and they have their stick in their hand:

a
goalkeepers wearing full protective equipment are permitted to use their stick, feet, kickers, legs or leg guards to propel the ball and to use their stick, feet, kickers, legs, leg guards or any other part of their body to stop the ball or deflect it in any direction including over the back-line

Goalkeepers are not permitted to conduct themselves in a manner which is dangerous to other players by taking advantage of the protective equipment they wear.

b
players with goalkeeping privileges are permitted to use their stick, feet and legs to propel the ball and to use their stick, feet, legs or any other part of their body to stop the ball or deflect it in any direction including over the back-line

c
goalkeepers wearing full protective equipment and players with goalkeeping privileges are permitted to use arms, hands and any other part of their body to push the ball away.

The action in rule c above is permitted only as part of a goal saving action or to move the ball away from the possibility of a goal scoring action by opponents. It does not permit a goalkeeper or player with goalkeeping privileges to propel the ball forcefully with arms, hands or body so that it travels a long distance.

10.4
Goalkeepers or players with goalkeeping privileges must not lie on the ball.

10.5
When the ball is outside the circle they are defending, goalkeepers or players with goalkeeping privileges are only permitted to play the ball with their stick.

A player with goalkeeping privileges is considered to be a field player when outside the circle they are defending

Goalkeeper’s equipment

  • Goalkeepers and players with goalkeeping privileges must wear a coloured shirt or garment which is different in colour from that of both

Goalkeepers (ie wearing full protective equipment) must wear this shirt or garment over any upper body protection. Elbow protection does not need to be covered by the shirt or garment.

  • Goalkeepers must wear protective equipment comprising at least headgear, leg guards and kickers except that the headgear and any hand protectors may be removed when taking a penalty

The following are permitted for use only by fully equipped goalkeepers: body, upper arm, elbow, forearm, hand, thigh and knee protectors, leg guards and kickers.

  • A player with goalkeeping privileges may wear protective headgear when inside their defending 23 metres area ; they must wear protective headgear when defending a penalty corner or penalty

Protective headgear incorporating a helmet with fixed full-face protection and cover for the entire head and throat is recommended for goalkeepers and players with goalkeeping privileges.

  • Clothing or protective equipment which significantly increases the natural size of a goalkeeper’s body or area of protection is not
  • The stick has a traditional shape with a handle and a curved head which is flat on its left side :
  • the stick must be smooth and must not have any rough or sharp parts
  • inclusive of any additional coverings used, the stick must be able to pass through a ring with an interior diameter of 51 mm
  • any curvature along the length of the stick (the rake or bow) must have a continuous smooth profile along the whole length, must occur along the face side or the back of the stick but not both and is limited to a depth of 25 mm
  • the stick must conform with the specification agreed by the FIH Rules

4.1
Hand protectors:

a
each have a maximum width of 228 mm and length of 355 mm when laid flat, palm upwards

b
must not have any additions to retain the stick when the stick is not held in the hand.

4.2
Leg guards: each have a maximum width of 300 mm when on the leg of the goalkeeper.

The dimensions of goalkeeper’s hand protectors and leg guards are measured using gauges with the relevant internal dimensions.

SOURCE: FIH 2017

One thought on “GOALIES CIRCLE: New goalkeepers need to know the Hockey rules that apply to goalkeepers

  1. Please repeat this summary for Umpires. Specifically 10.3a. Many club level umpires blow penalty corners when keepers play the ball our the baseline. Many field players are unaware that this different rule applies. Thanks

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