Rule changes for 2019-20 Season

Rule changes for 2019-20 Season

By Jason Sweby
17 July
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Major changes to be implemented from the start of the 2019/20 season


The following (major) changes will be implemented at all levels of the sport in England from the start of the 2019/20 season:

  • Removal of Player with Goalkeeper Privileges (PwGKP)
  • Amendments to Attacking Free Hits within the 23m
  • Defensive Free Hits awarded within the defensive circle
  • Amendment to ruling around Attackers entering the circle early at a Penalty Corner

Matches will continue to be played as 2x35 minute halves for this season, except in the highest national divisions. A decision will be taken as to whether to adopt this across all leagues and divisions next season.

The most significant rule change applies to attacking penalty corners. If an attacker enters the circle at a Penalty Corner before permitted, the player taking the push or hit from the backline is required to go beyond the centre-line and the Penalty Corner is taken again.

The full details can be downloaded from England Hockey here.

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