Playing the Game

7. Ball Outside the Field



7.1        The ball is out of play when it passes completely over the side-line or back-line.
 
7.2        Play is re-started by a player on the team which was not the last team to touch or play the ball before it went out of play.
 
7.3        When the ball travels over the side-line, play is re-started where the ball crossed the line and the procedures for taking a free hit apply.

7.4        When the ball is played over the back-line and no goal is scored:
 
a  if played by an attacker, play is re-started with the ball up to 15 meters from and in line with where it crossed the back-line and the procedures for taking a free hit apply.

b  if played unintentionally by a defender or deflected by a goalkeeper or player with goalkeeping privileges, play is re-started with the ball on the mark 5 meters from the corner of the field on the side-line nearest to where the ball crossed the back-line and the procedures for taking a free hit apply.

c*  if played intentionally by a defender, unless deflected by a goalkeeper or player with goalkeeping privileges, play is re-started with a penalty corner.

*FIH note regarding the application of rules:

“The Hockey Rules Board is aware that how the Rules are applied is key to a fair game.  In this context, there are two Rules which are sometimes applied inconsistently.

Rule 7.4c says that if the ball is intentionally played over the back-line by a defender and no goal is scored, play is re-starter with a penalty corner.  If it is clear that the action is intentional, umpires should not hesitate to award a penalty corner.”  (Other Rule is Rule 9.7)