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The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have decided a player who scores from outside the D through a deflection by an opponent’s stick will not be considered a goal. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have decided to discard the “own goal” rule.
The own goal rule was made mandatory last year and was implemented in a host of international tournaments. But following recommendations from their rules board, the FIH have changed the mandatory status of the rule to experimental from Feb 1. And from Sept 1 next year, the own goal rule will be deleted from the rules book.
That means a player who scores outside of the D through a deflection by an opponent’s stick will not be considered a goal.
Although the experimental status of the rule will only come into force on Feb 1, the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) have decided not to use it in their competitions.
The MHC-Milo-NSC Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL), which starts on Jan 10, will not have the “own goal” ruling. All the teams were informed of the ruling after the team managers’ meeting on Saturday.
“We do not want to have any confusion by starting with the own goal rule and then abandoning it halfway through the tournament.
“We will also inform the umpires of the decision when we hold the technical officials’ meeting on Jan 4,” said Jusvir Singh, a member of the competitions committee.
He said teams can go to the FIH website to better understand the ruling.
“Basically we are back to the old rule which states that the ball must be struck inside the D for a goal to be scored,” added Jusvir.
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