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Behind the Whistle: Hitting the Ball After the Whistle

Nov. 12, 2020, 4:15 p.m. (ET)

Each week, USA Field Hockey's Umpiring Department will provide video clips for educational purposes on recent plays/calls.

FIH Rule 9.17: Players must not delay play to gain benefit by time-wasting.


FIH Rule12.3.c: A penalty corner is awarded for an intentional offense by a defender outside the circle but within the 23-meter (25-yard) area they are defending.


NFHS Rule 8 Section 1 Article 1.w: Fouls include:Unnecessary delay of the game.


NFHS Rule 10 Section 1 Article 1.b: A penalty corner shall be awarded when: the defense commits a deliberate foul inside the 23-meter (25-yard) line, but outside the circle.


Application:Umpire calls a foul on a defender #3 in the dark uniform. A simple stick obstruction is the call. After the whistle is blown #3 pushes the ball away delaying the free hit and gaining an advantage by the delay. The umpire issues a card to #3 then allows play to restart with a free hit to the attack…Improper Application.


FIH Umpire Briefing 2020 Rule 12.3 Penalty CornersNo personal interpretations: an intentional foul by a defender inside the 23-meter (25-yard) area “is” a penalty corner.


Guidance: Hitting the ball away does not happen by accident. Hitting the ball away “after” the whistle has blown is intentional, and a penalty corner must be awarded when this happens inside the 23-meter/25-yard area. The additional penalty of a card may or may not be awarded depending on the severity of the action and the impact on the play. Any card for misconduct is always additional to the foul itself.


Video clips and photos are being utilized for educational purposes only and not meant to critique individual players, coaches or officials.