KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) have decided to implement the four-quarter match format for all their domestic tournaments after the World Cup (May 31-June 15).
But there is a possibility that the upcoming Sukma in Perlis from May 24-June 4 could be the first local tournament to use the format.
Said MHC competitions committee executive Hashim Mohamed Yusof: “We will raise the proposal at the team managers’ meeting on May 23. If all the teams agree, then we will use it. Otherwise, the format will take off after the World Cup with the Razak Cup (Aug 15-24) in Kuantan being the first tournament.”
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) recently changed the two-quarter to four-quarter format to add more excitement for the spectators. The matches will be played over four quarters of 15 minutes each. There is a two-minute break between the quarters while the break at half-time remains at 10 minutes. With the new format, the total playing time is reduced by 10 minutes. The format will come into force worldwide from Sept 1.
At the recent Champions Challenge I tournament in Kuantan, the FIH had used the four-quarter format for the afternoon matches. But the 70-minute total playing time was kept and each quarter was played over 17.5 minutes.