International floorball Rules of the Game 2022

Rules and Interpretations Valid from 1st July 2022 International Floorball Federation Rules and Competition Committee © International Floorball Federation 2022 All rights reserved International Floorball Federation Rules of the Game

chapter name 2 Rules of the Game 2022 CONTENTS PREFACE CONDITIONS OF THE GAME THIS IS HOWTHE RULESWORK GLOSSARY 1. RINK 101 Dimensions of the rink 102 Markings on the rink 103 Goal cages 104 Substitution zones 105 Secretariat and penalty benches 106 Inspection of the rink 107 Ball 2. GAME TIME 201 Regular game time 202 Time out 203 Extra time 204 Penalty shots after extra time 4 7 7 9 15 15 15 16 16 17 17 17 19 19 20 21 22 3. PARTICIPANTS 301 Players 302 Substitution of players 303 Particular regulations for goalkeepers 304 Particular regulations for team captains 305 Team staff 306 Referees 307 Secretariat 4. EQUIPMENT 401 The players’ clothing 402 The referees´ clothing 403 Particular goalkeeper’s equipment 404 Particular team captain’s equipment 405 Personal equipment 25 25 25 26 26 27 27 27 29 29 30 30 30 30 page

chapter name Rules of the Game 2022 3 406 Stick 407 The referee’s equipment 408 The secretariat’s equipment 409 Control of equipment 5. FIXED SITUATIONS 501 General regulations for fixed situations 502 Face-off 503 Events leading to a face-off 504 Hit-in 505 Events leading to a hit-in 506 Free-hit 507 Offences leading to a free-hit 508 Penalty shot 509 Delayed penalty shot 510 Offences leading to a penalty shot 6. PENALTIES 601 General regulations for penalties 602 Delayed penalty 603 Bench penalty 604 Minor bench penalty 605 Offences leading to a minor bench penalty 606 Major bench penalty 607 Offences leading to a major bench penalty 608 Personal penalty 609 10-minute personal penalty 610 Offences leading to a 10-minute personal penalty 611 Technical match penalty 612 Offences leading to technical match penalty 613 Match penalty 614 Offences leading tomatch penalty 7. GOALS 701 Allowed goals 702 Correctly scored goals 703 Incorrectly scored goals 8. CONSEQUENCE SIGNS (801-811) 9. OFFENCE SIGNS (901-925) 10. ILLUSTRATION OF THE RINK 31 32 32 32 35 35 35 36 38 39 39 40 44 46 46 49 49 51 52 54 54 59 59 59 61 61 62 62 63 63 67 67 67 68 71 77 91 page

4 Rules of the Game 2022 preface PREFACE This 2022 edition of the game rules was sent as text to the Associations in September 2021 and published in February 2022. Even though we now consider that another milestone has been reached in our work with the rules of floorball, we are well aware that there might be some deficiencies and loop-holes which will have to be adapted before we have the ‘perfect’ set of rules. Everyone involved in the game is encouraged to read the rules fully and carefully. It is important that the game is enjoyable, safe, played fairly, and is easily understood by players, coaches, referees, spectators and the media alike. We will be very grateful for any suggestions, ideas or constructive criticism, which will help our continuing work. It must be appreciated that the rules will have to change constantly in line with the rapid developments in playing style. The rules are equally valid for both men’s and women’s floorball at all levels of competition. As written in the rules all equipment shall be “marked accordingly”. The marking of boards, goal cages, sticks and balls are quite easily understood since the IFF logo is included in the approval mark as well as the grills to the face masks that has an IFF plate on the left side. When it concerns personal protection equipment such as helmets (the face mask) and protective goggles these are CE-marked and not necessarily marked with the IFF logo. However, IFF recommends those that are approved for use in Floorball, shown by CE-marking and the text ‘Recommended by IFF’. The IFF advise the National Associations to move to mandatory use of protective goggles for players under 17 years old during the validity period of these Game Rules and at the same time recommend the use for players under 19 years old.

Rules of the Game 2022 5 preface Material Regulations and Competition Regulations are found at www.floorball.sport under Regulations. Any exemption to the Rules of the Game shall be applied for to the IFF. Granted exemptions are published at www.floorball.sport under Regulations / Rules of the Game. Youth game exemptions, except regarding certified equipment and personal protection equipment, are handled by the National Associations themselves. Suggestions concerning alterations and improvements, and enquiries about reprinting within the copyright laws by National Associations, should be sent to: International Floorball Federation Competition Alakiventie 2 FIN-00920 Helsinki, Finland E-mail: competition@floorball.sport February 2022 IFF Rules and Competition Committee (RACC) Martin Klabere Chair

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Rules of the Game 2022 7 conditions of the game CONDITIONS OF THE GAME Floorball shall be played in the form of a match between two teams. The aim of the game is to score more goals than the opposing team, whilst playing within the limits of the rules. Preferably, floorball shall be played indoors on a hard and even surface at a venue that has been approved by the administrating authority. 1 RINK 101 Dimensions of the rink 1) The rink shall be 40 m x 20 m and enclosed by a board with rounded corners, which is approved by the IFF and marked accordingly. The rink shall be rectangular, the measures indicating length x width. The smallest rink allowed is 36 m x 18 m. Chapter Rule What is most important Interpretation Further information as to how the rule should be enforced. Headline This is how the Rules work

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Rules of the Game 2022 9 glossary GLOSSARY Advantage When the referee allows play to continue when an offence has occurred if this benefits the non-offending team. Administrating authority The governing body for the game being played, e.g. The International Floorball Federation or a National Association. Bench penalty A penalty that affects the number of players on the rink. Board A low wall made in sections with rounded corners that encloses the rink. Usually made of plastic. Brutal An act which is savage or vicious. Considered worse than being violent. Careless An act which lacks consideration or precaution. Considered milder than being reckless. Centre line A marked line on the floor which divides the rink into two halves of equal size. Centre spot A marked spot on the floor used as a face-off dot at the beginning of a match or a period and after a goal is scored. Also where a penalty shot shall be taken from. Delayed penalty When a penalty is awarded but play continues since the non-offending team still controls the ball.

10 Rules of the Game 2022 glossary Delayed penalty shot When a penalty shot is awarded but play continues since the non-offending team still controls the ball and the goal situation is still in progress. Extra time A method of trying to decide the outcome of a match by continuing playing until a team scores or the extra time ends. Face-off A fixed situation where two opposing players try to gain control of the ball which is placed between them. Face-off dot A marked spot on the floor where face-offs shall be performed. Also used for hit-ins and free-hits in some cases. There are six face-off dots in total. Field player A playing member of the team who is not a goalkeeper and plays with a stick. Fixed situation The way play is resumed after an interruption. Fixed situations are face-off, hit-in, free-hit and penalty shot. Free-hit A fixed situation where the non-offending team resume play after an offence has been committed. Goal crease The bigger of the two rectangular areas in front of the goal cage. Goalkeeper The player whose special role is to stop the ball from entering the goal. Goalkeeper area The smaller of the two rectangular areas in front of the coal cage. Goal line A marked line on the floor that the ball shall pass for a goal to be scored.

Rules of the Game 2022 11 glossary Goal cage A structure that consists of a crossbar and two posts with netting. The purpose of the goal cage is to make it easier for the referees to decide whether the ball passed under the height of the crossbar when it crossed the goal line. Hit-in A fixed situation where the non-offending team resume play after the ball left the rink. Intentional An act which is done on purpose. International Floorball Federation (IFF) The worldwide governing body for the sport of floorball. Imaginary extended goal line A straight line which is not marked on the floor that prolongs from the goal line through the face-off dots in the corners to the board. Major bench penalty A penalty awarded for more severe offences. Match penalty A penalty where the offending player or member of the team staff is suspended from the rest of the game and may face further punishment depending on the offence committed. Match record Official team document listing the players and team staff and match events. Minor bench penalty A penalty awarded for less severe offences. National Association A national governing body for the sport of floorball. Non-offending team The opposing team of the team committing an offence.

12 Rules of the Game 2022 glossary Offence An action which breaks/violates the Rules of the Game. Offending team The team committing an offence. Official A neutral person who has responsibilities during the game, e.g., in the secretariat. Penalise To punish the player or member of the team staff who committed an offence. Penalty bench Where the penalised player is obliged to sit during the duration of the penalty. Penalty shot A fixed situation where the non-offending team is awarded a chance to score without opposition from any players from the offending team except the goalkeeper. Play An action by a player with the stick or body. Personal penalty A penalty that only affects the offending player and not the number of players on the rink. Reckless An act which disregards the consequences for the opponent. Considered worse than being careless, but milder than being violent. Referee A person who oversees the game and makes sure the Rules of the Game are followed. Rink The area limited by the board where the game takes place.

Rules of the Game 2022 13 glossary Secretariat Neutral officials who assist the referees and are responsible for the match record, time keeping and speaker tasks. Stick An implement consisting of a shaft and a curved blade used to play the ball. The shaft is usually made of carbon fibre and the blade of plastic. Substitution Replacing a player on the rink with one from the substitution zone. Substitution zone The area where the players’ benches are placed and the area in which the substitution of players must take place. Team captain A title given to one player on each team. The team captain has special rights, but also obligations. Team staff Non-playing members of the team, such as coaches. Time out A time-limited interruption of the game when the teams can discuss tactics. Unintentional An act which is not done on purpose. Violent An act which uses excessive force and seriously endangers the opponent. Considered worse than being reckless, but milder than being brutal.

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Rules of the Game 2022 15 chapter 1 rink 1 RINK 101 Dimensions of the rink 1) The rink shall be 40 m x 20 m and enclosed by a board with rounded corners, which is approved by the IFF and marked accordingly. The rink shall be rectangular, the measures indicating length x width. The smallest rink allowed is 36 m x 18 m. 102 Markings on the rink 1) All markings shall be made with lines, 4-5 cm in width, in a clearly visible colour. 2) A centre line and a centre spot shall be marked. The centre line shall be parallel to the short sides of the rink and divide the rink into two halves of equal size. 3) Goal creases measuring 4 m x 5 m shall be marked 2.85 m from the short sides of the rink. The goal creases shall be rectangular, and the measures indicate length x width including the lines. The goal creases shall be centred in relation to the long sides of the rink. 4) Goalkeeper areas measuring 1 m x 2.5 m shall be marked 0.65 m in front of the rear limits of the goal creases. The goalkeeper areas shall be rectangular, and the measures indicate length x width including the lines. The goalkeeper areas shall be centred in relation to the long sides of the rink.

16 Rules of the Game 2022 chapter 1 rink 5) The rear lines of the goalkeeper areas shall also serve as goal lines. Marks for the goal posts shall be made on the rear lines of the goalkeeper areas, so that the distance between the marks is 1.6 m. The goal lines shall be centred in relation to the long sides of the rink. The marks for the goal posts shall be made either with gaps in the rear lines of the goalkeeper area or with short lines, per- pendicular to the rear lines of the goalkeeper area. 6) Face-off dots shall be marked on the centre line and on the imaginary extensions of the goal lines, 1.5 m from the long sides of the rink not exceeding 30 cm in diameter. The face-off dots may be marked as crosses. The dots on the centre line may be imaginary. 103 Goal cages 1) Goal cages, approved by the IFF and marked accordingly, shall be placed with the posts on the prescribed marks. The openings of the goal cages shall face the centre spot. 104 Substitution zones 1) Substitution zones with a length of 10 m shall be marked along one of the long sides of the rink, 5 m from the centre line, and include players’ benches. The substitution zones shall be marked on both sides of the board. The width of the substitution zones shall not exceed 3 m, measured from the board. The players’ benches shall be placed at an appropri- ate distance from the board and have room for nineteen persons each.The substitution zone can also be marked on top of the rink, using a different colour.

Rules of the Game 2022 17 chapter 1 rink 105 Secretariat and penalty benches 1) A secretariat with penalty benches shall be placed opposite the substitution zones, by the centre line. The secretariat and the penalty benches shall be placed at an ap- propriate distance from the board. There shall be separate penalty benches for each team, placed on each side of the secretariat. The penalty benches shall have room for at least two persons each. The penalty bench zones with a length of 2 m and placed at least 1 m from the centre line shall be marked and visible on both sides of the board. Exemption for the placing of the secretariat and the penalty benches may be given by the administrating authority. If this is the case, there shall be left a minimum of 2 m space in between the penalty bench and the substitution benches. 106 Inspection of the rink 1) The referees shall, at an early stage before the match, inspect the rink and ensure that defects are corrected. All defects that can’t be corrected shall be reported. The organiser is responsible for correcting defects and for keeping the board in a proper condition during the match. All dangerous objects shall be removed or padded. 107 Ball 1) The ball shall be approved by the IFF and marked accordingly. The ball surface shall be single coloured in a non-fluorescent colour. Neither the inside colour of the ball can be fluorescent.

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19 Rules of the Game 2022 chapter 2 game time 2 GAME TIME 201 Regular game time 1) Regular game time shall be 3 x 20minutes with two 10-minute intermissions, when the teams shall change ends. Exemption for shorter game time however not less than 2 x 15 minutes and/or shorter/longer intermissions may be given by the administrating authority. The game clock shall when possible count from 00:00 and up. When changing ends, the teams shall also change substitution zones. The home team shall choose ends at an early stage before the match. Every new period shall start with a face-off at the centre spot. At the end of every period the secretariat is responsible for providing a siren or other suitable sound device unless this is automatic. A period or a match is over as soon as the final signal starts sounding. The timing of the intermission shall start immediately at the end of the period. The teams are responsible for being back on the rink in time to resume play after the intermission. If the referees consider one end of the rink to be better, the teams shall change ends after half the third period, but this must be decided before the start of the third period. If such a changing of ends takes place, play shall be resumed with a face-off at the centre spot. 2) Game time shall be effective. Effective game time implies that time shall be stopped when- ever play is interrupted by the referees’ whistle and started again when the ball is played. At unnatural game interruptions a triple signal shall be used. The referees decide what shall be regarded as an unnatural interruption, but this always includes: a damaged ball, the board coming apart, injuries, measuring of equipment, unauthorised persons or objects on the rink, the lights going out either completely or partly, and the final signal being sounded by mistake. Should the board come apart continues…

20 Rules of the Game 2022 chapter 2 game time play shall not be interrupted until the ball is near the place in question. In case of injuries play shall be interrupted only on suspicion of a serious injury or if the injured player directly affects play. An administrating authority may grant an exemption to use non- effective time, in which case game time shall only be stopped in connection with a goal, a penalty, a penalty shot, a time out or at the referees’ triple signal at an unnatural interruption. The last 3 minutes of regular game time shall always be effective. Game time shall be stopped during a penalty shot. 202 Time out 1) During the match each team shall have the right to request one time out, which shall be carried out, and be marked by a triple signal, as soon as play is interrupted. A time out may be requested at any time, including in connection with goals and penalty shots, penalty shots after extra time exclu- ded, but only by the team captain or a member of the team staff. A time out requested during an interruption shall be carried out immediately, but if the referees consider that this negatively affects the situation for the opposing team, the time out shall be carried out at the next interruption. A requested time out shall always be carried out, except after a goal, when the team may withdraw the request or when the next interruption is the end of the period, which automatically cancels the time-out. This also applies to the possible changing of the ends in the middle of the period. A time out starts at the referees’ addi- tional signal when the teams are at their substitution zones and the referees at the secretariat. Another additional signal after 30 seconds marks the end of the time out. After a time out, play shall be resumed according to what caused the interruption. A penalised player is not allowed to participate in a time out. … continued

Rules of the Game 2022 21 chapter 2 game time 203 Extra time 1) If a match that has to be decided ends with an even result 10 minutes extra time shall be played until one team scores. Before extra time, the teams have the right to a 2-minute inter- mission, but no changing of ends shall take place. During extra time the same rules apply to starting and stopping time as during regular game time. Extra time is not divided into periods. Penalty time remaining after regular game time shall continue during extra time. If the score after extra time is still equal, the match shall be decided by penalty shots. 204 Penalty shots after extra time 1) Five field players from each team shall take one penalty shot each. If the score after this is still equal, the same players shall take one penalty shot each until a decisive result is achieved. The penalty shots shall be taken alternately. The referees decide which goal to use and shall carry out a draw between the team captains. The winner decides which team will start taking the penalty shots. The team captain or a member of the team staff shall, in writing, inform the referees and the secretariat of the numbers of the players and the order in which they will take the penalty shots. The referees are responsible for ensuring that the penalty shots are taken in the exact order as noted by the team staff. As soon as a decisive result is achieved during the penalty shots, the match is over, and the winning team shall be considered to have won by one extra goal. During the regular penalty shots, a decisive result is considered to be achieved when a team is leading by a larger number of goals than the opposing team has remaining penalty shots. During the possible extra penalty shots, a decisive result is considered to be achieved when a team has scored one goal more than the opposing team and both teams have taken the continues…

22 Rules of the Game 2022 chapter 2 game time same number of penalty shots. The extra penalty shots do not have to be taken in the same order as the regular penalty shots, but a player must not take a third penalty shot until all the noted players in the team have taken at least two, and so on. If one of the noted players incurs any penalty during the penalty shots, the team captain shall choose a field player, who is not already noted, to replace the player who has incurred the penalty. If a goalkeeper incurs any penalty during the penalty shots, they shall be replaced by the reserve goalkeeper. If a reserve goalkeeper is not available, the team has a maximum of 3 minutes to properly equip a field player, who is not already noted, but none of this time may be used for warming up. The new goalkeeper shall be marked in the match record, and the time of the change shall be noted. A team that is unable to note five field players shall only be allowed to take as many penalty shots as they have noted players. This is also valid during possible extra penalty shots. … continued

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Rules of the Game 2022 25 3 PARTICIPANTS 301 Players 1) Each team is allowed to use a maximum of 20 players. These shall be noted in the match record. Players may be field players or goalkeepers. No other players than those noted in the match record are allowed to participate in the match or be in their own substitution zone. 2) During play six players in each team, at the most, including only one goalkeeper or six field players only, may be on the rink simultaneously. For the referees to start a match, each team shall have at least five field players and a properly equipped goalkeeper, or the final score shall be 5-0 to the non-offending team. During play, each teammust be able to play with at least four players, or the match shall be stopped, and the final score shall be 5-0 to the non-offending team, or the achieved result if this is more ad- vantageous for the non-offending team. 302 Substitution of players 1) Substitution of players may take place at any time and an unlimited number of times during a match. All substitutions shall take place in the team’s own substitution zone. A player leaving the rink has to be on the way passing over the board before a substitute may enter the rink. An injured player leaving the rink outside their own substitution zone must not be replaced until play is interrupted. A bleeding player is not allowed to participate in the match until the bleeding is under control. chapter 3 participants

26 Rules of the Game 2022 303 Particular regulations for goalkeepers 1) All goalkeepers shall be marked in the match record. The marking shall be made with a “G” in the margin. A player marked as goalkeeper is not allowed to participate as a field player, with a stick, during the same match. If a team due to injury or penalty has to re- place the goalkeeper with a field player, they have a maximum of 3 minutes to properly equip the substitute, but none of this time shall be used for warming up. The new goalkeeper shall be marked in the match record, and the time of the change shall be noted. 2) If a goalkeeper entirely leaves the goal crease during play, they shall, until returning, beconsidereda fieldplayer, yetwithout astick. This does not apply in connection with a throw-out. A goalkeeper is considered to have entirely left the goal crease when no part of their body touches the floor inside the goal crease. The goalkeeper is, however, allowed to jump within their own goal crease. The lines belong to the goal crease. 304 Particular regulations for teamcaptains 1) Each team shall have a team captain, who shall be marked in the match record. The marking shall be made with a “C” in the margin. Change of the team captain shall only take place in case of injury, illness or match penalty, and has to be noted with time in the match record. A re- placed team captain must not function again as team captain during the same match. 2) Only the team captain is entitled to speak to the referees and is also obliged to assist them. When the team captain speaks to the referees, this shall be done according to set conditions. A penalised team captain loses the right to speak to the referees, unless addressed by them, and, except when the team staff requests a time out, the team has no possibility to communicate with the referees. If considered neces- chapter 3 participants

Rules of the Game 2022 27 sary by the referees, discussions shall be taken in the corridors and not in the rink and never inside the referees’ dressing room. 305 Teamstaff 1) Each team shall note, at the most, five members of the team staff in the match record. No other persons than those noted in the match record are allowed to be in their own substitution zone. With the exception of a time out, a member of the team staff shall not enter the rink without the re- ferees’ permission. All coaching shall take place from the team’s own substitution zone where the team staff shall be situated du- ring the match. Before the match, a member of the team staff should check the match record and ensure the team list is correct. After the start of the match no amendments shall be allowed except from possible corrections of incorrect numbering. Should a member of the team staff be recorded also as a player, they should always be considered a player in any uncertain situations regarding offences from their substitution zone. 306 Referees 1) A match shall be led and controlled by two equally authorised referees. The referees shall have the right to stop a match if there is an obvious risk that it can not be continued according to the rules. 307 Secretariat 1) A secretariat shall be in place. The secretariat shall be neutral and responsible for the match record, time keeping and possible speaker tasks. chapter 3 participants

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29 4 EQUIPMENT 401 The players’ clothing 1) All field players shall wear uniforms consisting of jerseys, shorts and socks. All field players in a team shall wear the exact same uniform. A team’s uniform may have any colour combination, but the jerseys must not be grey. If the referees consider that the teams can not be distinguished by their uniforms, the visiting team is obliged to change. The socks shall be mutually uniform and, if decided by the administrating authority, distinguishable between the teams. 2) All goalkeepers shall be dressed in jerseys and long trousers. 3) All jerseys shall be numbered. A team’s jerseys shall be numbered with different whole numbers in clearly visible Arabic figures on the back and on the chest. The back figures shall be at least 200 mm high and the chest figures at least 70 mm high. The jerseys may carry any number between 1 and 99 inclusive, but 1 is not allowed for field players. If an incorrectly numbered player participates in the match, the match record shall be corrected, and the offence shall be reported to the administrating authority. If a player is forced to change jersey during the match, the new number shall be noted in the match record. 4) All players shall wear shoes. The shoes shall be of an indoor sports model. Socks outside the shoes are not allowed. If a player loses one or both shoes during play, they may continue playing until the next interruption. Rules of the Game 2022 chapter 4 equipment

30 Rules of the Game 2022 402 The referees’ clothing 1) The referees shall wear jerseys, black shorts and black knee socks. The referees shall wear the same colour combination on their uniform. 403 Particular goalkeeper’s equipment 1) The goalkeeper is not allowed to use a stick. 2) The goalkeeper shall wear a face mask, which is in accordance with the IFF Material Regulations and marked accordingly. This only includes on the rink during play. All tampering with the face mask, except painting, is prohibited. 3) The goalkeeper may use any kind of protective equipment, but this shall not include parts intended to cover the goal. Helmet and thin gloves are allowed. All forms of adhesives or friction checking substances are prohibited. No objects must be kept on or in the goal cage. The goalkeeper may not use any kind of protective equipment which covers more than the body of the goalkeeper, for example shoulder pads. 404 Particular teamcaptain’s equipment 1) The team captain shall wear an armband. The armband shall be worn on the upper arm and be clearly visible. Tape is not allowed as an armband. 405 Personal and protective equipment 1) A player shall notwear personal equipmentwhichmay cause injury. Personal equipment includes protective and medical equipment, protective goggles, watches, earrings, etc. The referees decide chapter 4 equipment

Rules of the Game 2022 31 what shall be considered dangerous. All protective equipment shall, if possible, be worn underneath the clothing. Unless otherwise defined by National Association uniform regula- tions, visible parts of undershirts, undershorts, tights and compres- sion wear shall be of the same colour as the main colour of the match uniform shirt or the shorts. For leg wear black is also allowed. With the exception of elastic headbands without knots, no head- gear may be worn. All forms of long tights are prohibited for field players. Exceptions shall be allowed only by the administrating autho- rity upon written request. 2) If a player is wearing protective goggles, these shall be in accordance with the IFF Material Regulations and marked accordingly. All tampering with the goggles is prohibited. If a player loses the goggles during play, they may continue playing until the next inter- ruption. 406 Stick 1) The stick shall be approved by the IFF and marked accordingly. All tampering with the shaft, except shortening, is prohibited. The shaft may be strapped above the grip mark, but no official marks may be covered. 2) The blade shall not be sharp, and its hook shall not exceed 30mm. All tampering with the blade, except bending, is prohibited. The hook shall be measured as the distance between the highest point of the blade’s inner side and an even surface on which the stick is lying. Changing the blade is allowed if the blade is approved with the shaft and being of the same brand, but the new blade shall not beweakened. Taping the joint between the blade and the shaft is allowed, but no more than 10 mm of the visible part of the blade shall be covered. chapter 4 equipment

32 Rules of the Game 2022 407 The referees’ equipment 1) The referees shall be equipped with plastic medium sized whistles, measuring equipment and red cards. Exemption for other types of whistles may be given by the admini- strating authority. 408 The secretariat’s equipment 1) The secretariat shall have all the equipment necessary for their responsibilities. 409 Control of equipment 1) The referees shall decide about controlling and measuring all equipment. Inspection shall take place before and during the match. Incorrect equipment, including defective sticks, measuring the stick’s hook excluded, discovered before or during the match shall be corrected by the player concerned, who after this may start/continue the match. Offences concerning players’ uniforms shall not lead to more than one penalty per teamper per match, however, all incorrect equipment shall be reported. No other players than the team captains and the player with the equipment being controlled may be at the secretariat during the control of equipment. After control of equipment, play shall be resumed according to what caused the interruption. 2) Measuring of a hook, control of approval mark on a stick or face mask grill and control of a shaft/blade combination may be requested by the team captain. The team captain also has the right to point out to the referees other incorrectness in the opponents’ equipment, but in this case the referees decide whether or not to take action. Measuring and control of shaft/blade combination and control of approval mark chapter 4 equipment

Rules of the Game 2022 33 on a stick or face mask grill may be requested at any time but shall not be carried out until play is interrupted. If control is requested during an interruption, it shall be carried out immediately, including in connection with goals and penalty shots, unless, in the referees’ opinion, it negatively affects the situation for the opposing team. In this case the control shall be carried out at the next interruption. The referees are obliged to check a hook or shaft/blade and control of approval mark on a stick or face mask grill at the team captain’s request, but only one control per team per interruption shall be allowed. No other players than the team captains and the player with the equipment being controlled may be at the secretariat during the control of equipment. After control of equipment, play shall be resumed according to what caused the interruption. chapter 4 equipment

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Rules of the Game 2022 35 chapter 5 fixed situations 5 FIXED SITUATIONS 501 General regulations for fixed situations 1) When play has been interrupted, it shall be resumed with a fixed situation, according to what caused the interruption. Fixed situations are face-offs, hit-ins, free-hits and penalty shots. 2) The referees shall use one signal, show prescribed signs and mark the place for the fixed situation. The ball may be played after the signal if it is not moving and is in the right position. The referees shall first show the consequence sign and then a possible offence sign. The offence sign shall only be used if con- sidered necessary, however always in connection with penalties and penalty shots. If, in the referees’ opinion, play is not affected, the ball does not have to be entirely still or in exactly the right place at a hit-in or a free-hit. 3) A fixed situation shall not be unreasonably delayed. The referees decide what shall be considered unreasonable delay. If a fixed situation is delayed, the referees shall if possible, notify the player before any action is taken. 502 Face-off (802) 1) At the start of a new period and to confirm a correctly scored goal, a face-off shall be taken at the centre spot. A goal scored during extra time, or from a penalty shot deciding the match, or after the end of a period, shall not be confirmed with a face-off. When a face-off is taken at the centre spot, each team shall be on their own side of the centre line. 2) When play is interrupted and neither team can be awarded a hit-in, a free-hit or a penalty shot, play shall be resumed with a face-off.

36 Rules of the Game 2022 3) A face-off shall be taken at the nearest face-off dot, according to where the ball was at the interruption. 4) All players, except those taking the face-off, shall immediately, without summons from the referees, take a position at least 3m from the ball, sticks included. Before a face-off, it is the referees’ responsibility to check that the teams are ready and that all players have taken position. 5) The ball shall be played with the stick and shall be taken by one field player from each team. The players shall be facing the op- posing team’s short side and must not have physical contact before the face-off. The feet shall be placed perpendicular to the centre line. Each player shall have both feet at the same distance from the centre line. The sticks shall be held with a normal grip and with both hands above the grip mark. The blades shall be placed perpendicular to the centre line on either side of the ball, but without touching it. Normal grip implies the way the player holds the stick during play. The defending team’s player chooses on which side of the ball to place the stick. If the face-off is on the centre line, the visiting team’s player chooses. The ball shall be at the centre of the blades. In case of a dispute in connection with a substitution before a face-off is taken, the away team is obliged to carry out their sub- stitution first. 6) A face-off may go directly into the goal. 503 Events leading to a face-off 1) When the ball is damaged unintentionally. 2) When the ball is not correctly playable. The referees shall, before interrupting play, give the players a reasonable opportunity to play the ball. 3) When parts of the board have been separated and the ball comes near the place in question. chapter 5 fixed situations

Rules of the Game 2022 37 4) When the goal cage is moved unintentionally and cannot be put back within a reasonable time. It is the goalkeeper’s responsibility to put the goal cage back as soon as this is considered possible. 5) When a serious injury occurs, or an injured player directly affects play. The referees decide what shall be considered a serious injury, but as soon as this is suspected, play shall be interrupted immediately. 6) When an unnatural situation occurs during play. The referees decide what shall be considered an unnatural situa- tion, but this always includes, amongst others, unauthorised per- sons or objects on the rink, the lights going out either completely or partly, and the final signal being sounded by mistake, when a broken stick causes a dangerous situation or directly affects the play, or when a referee is hit by the ball and this has a significant effect on the play. 7) When a goal is disallowed despite the fact that no offence leading to a free-hit has been committed. This includes when the ball goes into the goal without passing the goal line from the front. 8) When a penalty shot does not result in a goal. This includes when a penalty shot is incorrectly performed. 9) When the referees are unable to decide the direction of a hit-in or a free-hit. This includes when players from both teams commit offences simultaneously. 10) When the referees consider their decision to be incorrect. 11) When the non-offending team during a delayed penalty, in the referees’ opinion, is trying to waste time. The team should, if possible, be made aware of this before any actions are taken. chapter 5 fixed situations

38 Rules of the Game 2022 504 Hit-in (803) 1) When the ball leaves the rink a hit-in shall be awarded to the non-offending team. The offending team is considered to be the team whose player, or player’s equipment, last touched the ball before it left the rink. This also includes when a player, to remove the ball from the goal cage, hits the net without touching the ball. 2) A hit-in shall be taken fromwhere the ball leaves the rink, 1.5 m from the board, but never behind the imaginary extensions of the goal lines. If, in the referees’ opinion, play is not affected, the ball does not have to be entirely still or in exactly the right place. If a team gets an advantage from taking a hit-in closer to the board than 1,5 m, this shall be allowed. A hit-in behind the imaginary extension of the goal line shall be taken from the nearest face-off dot. When the ball touches the ceiling or objects above the rink, the hit-in shall be taken 1.5 m from the board at the same distance from the centre line. 3) The opponents shall immediately, without summons from the referees, take a position at least 3mfromthe ball, sticks included. The player taking the hit-in does not have to wait for the opponents to take position, but if the ball is played while the opponents are trying to take position in a correct way, no action shall be taken. 4) The ball shall be played with the stick. It shall be hit, not dragged, flicked or lifted on the stick. 5) The player taking the hit-in shall not touch the ball again before it has touched another player or another player’s equipment. 6) A hit-in may go directly into the goal. chapter 5 fixed situations

Rules of the Game 2022 39 505 Events leading to a hit-in 1) When the ball passes the board or hits the ceiling or any other object above the rink. 506 Free-hit (804) 1) When an offence leading to a free-hit is committed, a free-hit shall be awarded to the non-offending team. With offences leading to a free-hit, the advantage rule shall be applied whenever possible. The advantage rule implies that if the non-offending team still controls the ball after an offence, they shall have the opportunity to go on playing if this gives them a greater advantage than a free‑hit. If advantage is being played, and the game is interrupted because the non-offending team loses control of the ball, the re- sulting free-hit shall be placed where the last offence occurred. 2) The free-hit shall be taken where the offence was committed, but never behind the imaginary extensions of the goal lines, or closer to the goalkeeper areas than 3.5 m. If, in the referees’ opinion, play is not affected, the ball does not have to be entirely still or in exactly the right place. A free-hit closer to the board than 1.5 m may be moved out to this distance. A free-hit behind the imaginary extension of the goal line shall be taken from the nearest face-off dot. A free-hit closer to the goalkeeper area than 3.5 m shall be moved out to the distance of 3.5 m from the outer line of the goalkeeper area along an imaginary line from the centre of the goal line through the place where the offence was committed, leaving 0.5 m for the wall and then 3 meters free space to the free-hit point. In this case the defending team shall always have the right to form a defence line immediately outside their goalkeeper area. If the attacking team chapter 5 fixed situations continues …

40 Rules of the Game 2022 prevents or obstructs this, a free-hit shall be awarded to the defen- ding team. The attacking team is not obliged to wait for the defen- ding team to form the defence line and has the right to place their players in front of the defence line. 3) The opponents shall immediately, without summons from the referees, take a position at least 3mfromthe ball, sticks included. The player taking the free-hit does not have to wait for the oppo- nents to take position, but if the ball is played while the opponents are trying to take position in a correct way, no action shall be taken. 4) The ball shall be played with the stick. It shall be hit, not dragged, flicked or lifted on the stick. 5) The player taking the free-hit shall not touch the ball again be- fore it has touched another player or another player’s equipment. 6) A free-hit may go directly into the goal. 507 Offences leading to a free-hit 1) When a player hits, blocks, lifts, kicks an opponent’s stick or hits the opponent’s body with the possibility of reaching the ball. (901, 902, 903, 912) If the referees consider the player to have played the ball in an otherwise correct way before hitting the opponent’s stick or the opponent’s body, no action shall be taken. 2) When a player holds an opponent or opponent’s stick. (910) 3) When a field player raises the blade of the stick above waist level in the back swing before hitting the ball, or in the forward swing after hitting the ball. (904) This includes mock shots. A high swing is allowed if no other players are in the vicinity, and there is no risk of being hit. Waist level is considered the level of the waist when standing upright. chapter 5 fixed situations …continued

Rules of the Game 2022 41 4) When a field player uses any part of the stick, foot or lower leg, to play or try to play the ball above knee level. (904, 913) Stopping the ball with a thigh is not considered to be playing the ball above knee level. Knee level is considered the level of the knees when standing upright. 5) When a field player places their stick, foot or leg between an opponent’s legs or feet. (905) 6) When a player, in control of the ball, or trying to reach it, forces or pushes an opponent in anyway other than shoulder to shoulder. (907) 7) When a player, in control of the ball, trying to reach it, or trying to get a better position, moves backwards into an opponent, or prevents an opponent frommoving in the direction intended. (908, 911) This includes when the attacking team prevents or obstructs the formation of a defence line at a free hit awarded within 3.5 m of the goalkeeper’s area. 8) When a field player is in the goalkeeper area or in the area where the goal cage normally stands. (914) A field player is allowed to pass through the goalkeeper area if, in the referees’ opinion, play is not affected, and the goalkeeper’s actions are not hindered. If, when a free-hit for the opposing team is hit directly at the goal, a field player of the defending team is in the goalkeeper area, in the goal cage or, if the goal cage has been moved, in the area where the goal cage normally stands, a penalty shot shall always be awarded. A field player is considered to be in the goalkeeper area if any part of the body touches the floor inside the goalkeeper area. A field player with only the stick in the goalkeeper area is not considered to be in the goalkeeper area. The lines belong to the goalkeeper area. 9) When a field player intentionally moves the opposing team’s goal cage. (914) chapter 5 fixed situations

42 Rules of the Game 2022 10) When a field player passively obstructs the goalkeeper’s throw-out. (915) This shall be considered an offence only if the field player is inside the goal crease or closer to the goalkeeper than 3 m, measured from where the goalkeeper gains control of the ball. Passively implies unintentionally or through omission to move. 11) When a field player jumps up and stops the ball. (916) Jumping is considered to be when both feet entirely leave the floor. Running is not considered as jumping. A player is allowed to jump over the ball as well as play, touch and stop the ball below knee level. Knee level is considered the level of the knees when standing upright. 12) When a field player plays the ball from outside the rink. (no offence sign) Outside implies having one or both feet outside the rink. If a player plays the ball from outside the rink during substitution, this shall be considered too many players on the rink. If a player, not in the process of changing, plays the ball from the substitution zone, this shall be considered sabotage of play. It is allowed to run outside the rink, but the ball shall not be played from there. 13) When a goalkeeper entirely leaves the goal crease during a throw-out. (917) In this case the goalkeeper is not considered a field player. The goalkeeper is considered to have entirely left the goal crease when no part of the body touches the floor in their goal crease. This rule shall also apply if the goalkeeper gathers the ball inside the goal crease and the entire body then slides outside the goal crease. The throw-out is completed when the goalkeeper lets go off the ball, and if they leave the goal crease after this, no action shall be taken. The lines belong to the goal crease. chapter 5 fixed situations

Rules of the Game 2022 43 14) When a goalkeeper throws or kicks the ball over the centre line. (917) This shall be considered an offence only if the ball does not touch the floor, the board, another player or another player’s equipment before it passes the centre line. The entire ball has to pass the centre line. 15) When a face-off, hit-in or a free-hit is incorrectly performed or intentionally delayed. (918) This includes when the non-offending team takes the ball away when the play is interrupted, the ball is dragged, flicked, or lifted on the stick and when any player delays a face-off. If a hit-in or a free-hit is taken from the wrong place or when the ball is not entirely still, it may be taken again. If, in the referees’ opinion, play is not affected, the ball does not have to be entirely still or in exactly the right place. 16) When a goalkeeper has the ball under control for more than 3 seconds. (924) If the goalkeeper puts the ball down and picks it up again this shall be considered controlling the ball all the time. 17) When a goalkeeper receives a pass, or takes the ball, from a field player in the same team. (924) This shall be considered an offence only if the ball, in the referees’ opinion, is played intentionally. Receiving implies that the goal- keeper touches the ball with either the hands or arms, also even after the goalkeeper has possibly touched or stopped the ball with any other part of the body. A goalkeeper may receive a pass from a player in the same team if the goalkeeper is completely outside the goal crease when receiving the pass and is thereby considered a field player. If the goalkeeper leaves the goal crease entirely, stops the ball, returns to the goal crease and picks the ball up this shall not be considered a pass to the goalkeeper. A pass to the goalkeeper is not considered a goal situation and can not result in a penalty shot. chapter 5 fixed situations

44 Rules of the Game 2022 18) When a penalty is imposed during play (prescribed offence sign) The free-hit shall be taken where the offence was committed. If the referees are unable to decide where the offence occurred, the free-hit shall be taken at the nearest face-off dot, according to where the ball was at the interruption. 19) When a player is guilty of passive play. (924) This includes when a field player, in order to waste time, places themself against the rink or goal cage in such a manner that the opponent is unable to reach the ball in a correct way. This also in- cludes when the goalkeeper blocks the ball through the goal net. The player should, if possible, be made aware of this before any actions are taken. 20) When a team is playing in a systematically passive way. (924) This includes when a team, in order to waste time, continuously or repeatedly plays behind their own imaginary extended goal line. The team should, if possible, be made aware of this before any actions are taken. 21) When a field player plays the ball with the head. (921) 22) When a delayed penalty is carried out because the offending team plays or takes control of the ball. The free-hit shall be taken at the nearest face-off dot, according to where the ball was at the interruption. 508 Penalty shot (806) 1) When an offence leading to a penalty shot is committed, a penalty shot shall be awarded to the non-offending team. 2) The penalty shot shall be started with the stick and taken from the centre spot. The penalty shot starts from the referee’s whistle and ends with the next referee whistle. chapter 5 fixed situations

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