Indoor hockey is a fast, skillful and action-packed version of the outdoor game. Played on a hard, smooth, and flat surface, the aim is still to score more than your opponents. However, a few changes make the sport more suitable for playing indoors.
HOW THE GAME DIFFERS
Indoor field hockey differs from outdoor field hockey in several ways:
- The playing pitch is smaller than the outdoor pitch.
- Side-boards mark the sidelines helping to keep the ball in play.
- The goals are smaller than in outdoor field hockey.
- A team consists of 5 field players and 1 goalkeeper on the pitch, with a maximum of 10-12 players on a team.
- The players may not hit the ball, but only push it or deflect it, and may not raise the ball except in the shooting circle, with the purpose of scoring a goal.
- Players typically play with a lighter, quicker stick specially made for indoor use.
The flagship indoor championships, progressing from local and regional rounds, to crown the national Super 6s champions. The competition runs for adults, juniors and school’s with full information available here.