International Hockey Federation (FIH) on 20 March 2014 introduced a new format of 60-minute game in Hockey, comprising four 15-minute quarters. This format would replace the previous two 35-minute halves of 70-minute. The decision has been taken to broaden the appeal of the game to broadcasters and fans.
The new rule (format) will be applied to all the continental Olympic qualifying events from 1 September 2014. Therefore, the two halves format of 35-minute each will not be available during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, Champions Trophy and Hockey World League Final. But the format (35-minute two halves quarters) will applied in the Hockey World Cup to be held in The Hague (the Netherlands) between 31 May and 15 June 2014.
Highlights of the new format
• Under the new format, 40-second time-out will be provided when a penalty corner is awarded and after a goal is scored. The 40-second time-out will give a time for on-field celebration to the teams. It will also add time for video replays and analysis for the televised matches, overall addition of engagement of fans to the game.
• These additional time-outs for penalty corners and after goals in the new 60-minute format will primarily ensure the actual playing time and will also eliminate the dead time associated with penalty corner set up while allowing for teams to enjoy their goal celebrations
• After the first and third quarters each team will have a two-minute break with a 10 minute break at halftime
Previously, this format of the game have been tried and tested in the Euro Hockey League and in Hockey India League.
President of International Hockey Federation (FIH): Leandro Negre