Homepage >
Events & Results
Event Management
Photo Gallery
WorldHockey TV
Pitches & Equipment
Contact Us
Hockey Sixes - an exciting New Game
04 Jun 2007 08:03

Through its Development and Coaching Committee and an International Task Force chaired by Derek Wilshere (New Zealand), the FIH proposes an exciting new game - Hockey Sixes.

The Game

The game is a natural partner to our main eleven-a-side game and indoor hockey.  It is based on these and also on small games played for training, recreation and in developing countries.  It is a game which introduces participants to other forms of hockey and also a game in its own right.

Its main features are:

  • it is played on a small pitch half the size of a standard hockey pitch;
  • it can therefore be played across a standard pitch;
  • the sides of the pitch are boards and the ball is allowed to rebound from the boards;
  • goals can be scored from anywhere;
  • points are scored every time the ball crosses the goal line;
  • otherwise, the standard rules of hockey generally apply.

The Rules

A draft set of rules has been produced.  They are available here on this website by clicking here.

Who is the game for?

The game is particularly suited to developing countries and where only half-size pitches are available.

It provides an ideal format for a short sharp tournament perhaps over a day or a weekend.

Competitive opportunity

Member countries of FIH and their hockey communities are encouraged to try this game at all levels.  It has been trialled with great success in several member countries already.

We want feedback

We are keen to receive feedback about Hockey Sixes so that it can be developed and promoted.  We have designed a questionnaire for this purpose; you can find it by clicking here.

So that we can review feedback comprehensively and work on the next steps to develop the game, we would appreciate responses to the questionnaire by 30 September 2007.

Els van Breda Vriesman
FIH President.
4 June 2007

World News
Double win for South Africa at Olympic Qualifier
Tired Australia let Japan back in
Varian resigns as Chief Executive of Irish Hockey Association
Australia strong in Germany
Australia scrapes through in game one
Argentina goes for Olympic Qualification at Pan American Games
Ireland’s coach Passmore names eighteen for Celtic Cup
ACT Global Sports - new approved turf supplier
IOC takes important decisions in Guatemala
Kookaburras click into gear in game two
Jermyn and Cregan claim honors at Irish Hockey Awards
Australia scrapes through in opener
Giles Bonnet retires as coach of Belgium
Australia favorite in Olympic test event
IOC approves Youth Olympic Games
Video Showcase
Events 2007
| Full Calendar
| Pan American Games 2007
| EuroHockey Nations Championships 2007
| Good Luck Beijing Tournament
| Appointments 2007
| Appointments 2008
World Rankings
Global Youth Marathon 2007

| Photos and Reports
Olympic Qualification
| Olympic Qualification quotas
| Teams Qualified
| Memo to National Associations
| Olympic Qualifiers tournaments
© 2007 International Hockey Federation. All Rights Reserved. powered by fihockey.org