Hockey India League’s distinctive and unique ‘two goals for one field goal’ rule has piqued the interest of the game’s world governing body, International Hockey Federation (FIH), who are seriously contemplating introducing the system on the international stage.
During the past few years, the International Hockey Federation have made a concerted effort to try and implement a host of changes into the sport to make it more fast-paced, high-octane and attractive, especially to draw in a younger audience.
FIH’s new chief executive officer Jason McCracken, who has immense credentials and experience as a hockey umpire, referee and technical official, revealed that he is personally very impressed by the new rule, which aims to spike up the percentage of field goals.
“I have been in India earlier this year during the Hockey India League and I was personally very impressed with the two goals for a field goal rule. It has revived the attacking style of hockey. The rule is very interesting and innovative. We at FIH certainly look at it and consider it. But it generally takes time to implement a new rule because we have to give time to national teams to get used to it.” McCracken told the Press Trust of India in an interview from London.
He added that while the FIH will consider the rule, they cannot make any changes to the rule structure until after the 2018 World Cup. He also gave an example of how a rule used by national or continental tournaments was later utilized by FIH upon review in the world hockey arena citing the video umpire which was used first by European Hockey League but was later implemented by the FIH in the international hockey.