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Canadian National Standards
as of July 31, 2003

Please Note:
Since Canada decided to participate at the World Championships, Canada has now adopted the international rule of face-off. Starting September 1, 2003, all games in Canada should use face-offs to start a game at the beginning of each period, after each goal and after the referee has stopped the game with no team committing a fault.

Unihockey face-offs
are different than 
ice hockey face-offs

Unihockey face-offs are different from ice hockey face-offs.

  1. Both players face each other with their feet positioned parallel with the centre line.

  2. The ball is squeezed between the blades of the sticks.

  3. The grip on the shaft may not be reversed (thumb up the shaft) and may not be lower on the shaft than the marking (this rule is valid during the whole game, not just for face-offs).

  4. All other players are at least 3 meters away, with all parts (including the stick) of their body.

  5. The referee starts the game by blowing his stick. 

(This rule change is not included in the rulebook below)


1.   The Rink

101 Dimensions of the rink

1)  The rink shall be 40 x 20 m and enclosed by a board, 50 cm in height, with rounded corners.

The rink shall be rectangular, and the measures indicate length x width. The smallest measures allowed are 36 x 18 m, and the largest 44 x 22 m. The board shall be approved by the administrating authority.

Games below the National Championship's Level may be played without enclosing boards, using the walls of the gymnasium or lines on the floor to mark the boundaries of the rink.

If the rink is smaller than 36 X 18 m the game should be played 4 vs. 4 or 3 vs. 3 field players. The area per field players should always be at least 46.8 m2.

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 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 lines. The goal creases shall be centred in relation to the long sides of the rink.

4) Goalkeeper areas measuring 1 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 lines. The goalkeeper areas shall be centred in relation to the long sides of the rink.

5) The rear lines of the goalkeeper areas shall also serve as goal lines. Therefore markings for the goal posts shall be made on the rear lines of the goalkeeper areas, so that the distance between the markings is 1,6 m.
The goal lines shall be centred in relation to the long sides of the rink. The markings for the goal posts shall be made either with interruptions in the rear lines of the goalkeeper area or with short lines, perpendicular to the rear lines of the goalkeeper area.

103 Goal cages

1) Goal cages measuring 160 x 115 x 40/65 cm shall be placed with the posts on the referred marks.
Games below the National Championship's Level may be played with goal cages varying in size from 140 x 100 cm to 183 x 122 cm.

The referees insure that both goal cages have the same size.

The openings of the goal cages shall be rectangular and the measures indicate width x height x depth at top/floor level excluding bars and posts. Bars and posts shall be circular with a diameter of 32 mm, and all corners shall be rounded. The construction shall be red in colour. The openings of the goal cages shall face the centre spot. The goal cages shall be approved by the administrating authority.

 

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 the board. The width of the substitution zones must not exceed 3 m, measured from the board. The players' benches shall be placed at an appropriate distance from the board and have room for nineteen persons each.

Games below the National Championship's Level may be played with various dimensions and locations of the Substitution Zones. The referees are to ensure that both teams are having reasonable equal conditions and that the substitute players, the team staff and the benches do not interfere with the game.

This might include a side change half way through the third period.

 

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 appropriate 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. Exemption for the placing of the secretariat and the penalty benches may be given by the administrating authority.

106 Inspection of the rink

2)      1) The referees shall at an early stage before the match inspect the rink and see to it that possible defects are corrected.
All defects shall be reported. The arranging team 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.

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2.    GAME TIME

201 Regular game time

1) Regular game time shall be 3 x 20 minutes with two 10 minute intermissions, when the teams shall change sides.
Exemption for shorter game time, however no less than 2 x 15 minutes, and/or intermissions may be given by the administrating authority. In connection with the changing of sides, the teams shall also change substitution zones. The home team shall at an early stage before the match choose sides. 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. The timing of the intermission shall start immediately at the end of the period. The referees are responsible for calling the teams back onto the rink to resume play in time after the intermission. If the referees consider one side to be better, the teams shall change sides after half the third period, but this has to be decided before the match. If such a changing of sides takes place, play shall be resumed with a face-off at the centre spot.

2) Game time shall only be stopped in connection with a goal, a penalty, a penalty shot, a time out or at the referees' sign at an unnatural interruption, but the last 3 minutes of the regular game time shall be effective.
When game time has been stopped, it shall be started again when the ball is played after the referees' signal, however not during a penalty shot. The referees decide what shall be considered an unnatural interruption, but this always includes a damaged ball, when parts of the board have been separated, injury, measuring of equipment, unauthorized persons or objects on the rink, when the light entirely or partly goes out and when the siren goes off by mistake. If parts of the board have been separated, play shall go on until the ball comes near the place in question. When an injury occurs, play shall be interrupted only if the referees suspect serious injury or if the injured player directly affects play. Effective game time implies that time shall be stopped every time play is interrupted and started again when the ball is played after the referees' signal.

202 Time out

1) During regular game time, each team shall have the right to request one time out, which shall be carried out as soon as play is interrupted.
A time out may be requested at any time, 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. A time out starts at the referees' additional 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 penalized player must not participate in a time out.

203 Extra time

1) If a match, which has to be decided, ends with a tie, it shall be extended until one team scores.
Before extra time, the teams have the right to a 2 minute intermission, but no changing of sides shall take place. Extra time is not divided into periods. During extra time, the rules concerning stopping and starting time shall be the same as during regular game time. Effective game time shall not be used. Penalty time remaining after regular game time shall continue during extra time. Exemption for 10 minute limited extra time may be given by the administrating authority. If the score after limited extra time still is equal, the match shall be decided through penalty shots.

204 Penalty shots after limited extra time

1) Five field players from each team shall take one penalty shot each. If the score after this still is 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 toss a coin between the team captains, and 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. 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 with the final result plus one 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 same number of penalty shots. The extra penalty shots do not have to be taken in the same order as the regular, but a player must not take his third penalty shot until all the noted players in his team have taken at least two, and so on. A penalized player may participate in the penalty shots if he has not incurred a match penalty. If one of the noted players incurs a match 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 a match penalty. If a goalkeeper incurs a match penalty during the penalty shots, he shall be replaced by the reserve goalkeeper. If a reserve goalkeeper is missing, the team has at the most 3 minutes to properly equip a field player, who is not already noted, but none of this time must be used for warming up. The new goalkeeper shall be marked in the match record, and the time for 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.

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3.    PARTICIPANTS

301 Players

1) Each team may note at the most 15 field players and 2 goalkeepers in the match record for games played 5 vs. 5 field players. For games played 4 vs. 4 and 3 vs. 3 field players, each team can note 12 field players and 2 goalkeepers or 9 field players and 2 goalkeepers respectively. 

No other players than those noted in the match record are allowed to participate in the match or be in the substitution zones. However, a player must not be in the opposing team's substitution zone.

2) During play, at the most six players in each team, of which only one goalkeeper, 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 team shall 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, if this is more advantageous for the non- offending team, the achieved result.

For the referees to start a match 4 vs. 4 or 3 vs. 3 field players, each team shall have at least four or three field players and a properly equipped goalkeeper, or the final score shall be 5-0 to the non-offending team. During play, each team shall be able to play with at least three or two field players, or the match shall be stopped and the final score shall be 5-0 to the non- offending team or, if this is more advantageous for the non- offending team, the achieved result.

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302 Substitution of players

1) Substitution of players may take place at any time and an unlimited number of times during a match.
All substitution shall take place in the team's own substitution zone. A player leaving the rink has to be on his way passing over the board before a substitute may enter the rink. An injured player leaving the rink outside the own substitution zone must not be replaced until play is interrupted.

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 must not during the same match participate as a field player with a stick. If a team due to injury or penalty has to replace the goalkeeper with a field player, they have at the most 3 minutes to properly equip the substitute, but none of this time must be used for warming up. The new goalkeeper shall be marked in the match record, and the time for the change shall be noted.

2) If a goalkeeper during play entirely leaves his goal crease, he shall, until he returns, be considered a field player, yet without a stick.
This does not include in connection with a throw-out. A goalkeeper is considered to have entirely left the goal crease when no part of his body touches the floor inside the goal crease. The goal-keeper is, however, allowed to jump in his own goal crease. The lines belong to the goal crease.

304 Particular regulations for team captains

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 may only take place in case of injury, illness or match penalty, and has to be noted with time in the match record. A replaced team captain must not again during the same match function as team captain.

2) Only the team captain has the right to speak to the referees, but he is also obliged to assist them.
When the team captain speaks to the referees, this shall be done according to set conditions. A penalized team captain loses his right to speak to the referees, unless he is addressed by them, and the team has during this time no other possibility to communicate with the referees.

305 Team staff

1) Each team may 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 the substitution zones. However, a member of the team staff must not be in the opposing team's substitution zone. With the exception of time out, a member of the team staff must not enter the rink without the referees' permission. All coaching shall take place from the team's own substitution zone. Before the match, a member of the team staff shall sign the match record, and after this no completions shall be allowed.

306 Referees

1) A match shall be led and controlled by two equally authorized referees.
The referees shall use prescribed signals and signs. 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 match record and time keeping and possible speaker tasks.

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4.    EQUIPMENT

401 The players' clothing

1) All field players shall wear uniforms consisting of jerseys, shorts and knee socks.
The uniforms shall be of a sports model. 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 pulled up to the knees, mutually uniform and, if decided by the administrating authority, distinguishable between the teams.

2) All goalkeepers shall wear jerseys, differing from those of the field players in the same team, and long trousers.
The goalkeepers' uniforms shall be of a sports model.

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 in height and the chest figures at least 70 mm. The jerseys may carry any number up to 99, but 1 is not allowed for field players.

4) All players shall wear shoes.
The shoes shall be of an indoor sports model. Possible prescriptions regarding the sole shall be followed. Socks outside the shoes are not allowed. If a player loses one or both shoes during play, he may continue playing until the next interruption.

402 The referees' clothing

1) The referees shall wear grey jerseys, black shorts and black knee socks.
Exemption for other colour combinations may be given by the administrating authority.

403 Particular goalkeeper's equipment

1) The goalkeeper must not use a stick.
This also includes when the goalkeeper entirely leaves the goal crease and is considered a field player.

2) The goalkeeper shall wear a face mask.
This only includes on the rink during play. All tampering with the face mask, except painting in the colours of the team or the goalkeeper's uniform, is prohibited. The face mask must not be closer to the eyes than 30 mm. The face mask shall be approved by the administrating authority.

3) The goalkeeper may use any kind of protective equipment, but this must 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.

404 Particular team captain's equipment

1) The team captain shall wear an armlet.
The armlet shall be worn on the left arm and be clearly visible. Tape is not allowed as an armlet.

405 Personal equipment

1) A player must not wear personal equipment which may cause injury.
Personal equipment implies protective and medical equipment and watches, earrings and similar. The referees decide what shall be considered dangerous. All protective equipment shall, if possible, be worn underneath the clothing. With the exception of elastic headbands without knots, no headgear must be worn. Short tights may be worn underneath the shorts if they are about the same colour, but all forms of long tights are prohibited for field players.

406 Ball

1) The ball shall be made of plastic material and weigh 23 g.
The ball shall be approved by the administrating authority. For every match, the arranging team shall see to it that there is at least the number of new balls decided by the administrating authority.

2) The ball shall be white and spherical with a diameter of 72 mm and have 26 holes, each with a diameter of 10 mm.
Exemption for other colours may be given by the administrating authority. The holes shall be placed symmetrically.

407 Stick

1) The stick shall be made of plastic material and its weight must not exceed 380 g.
The weight shall be measured without strapping. The stick shall be approved by the administrating authority.

2) The shaft shall be rounded without edges and have a knob closing it. Its length must not exceed 950 mm. A grip mark, 10 mm in width, shall be placed 240 mm from the lower end of the shaft.
All tampering with the shaft, except shortening, is prohibited. The distance from the grip mark to the end of the shaft shall be measured from the lower edge of the grip mark. The shaft may be strapped above the grip mark, but no approval marks or other possible official marks must be covered.

3) The blade must not be sharp, bent or curved. 

A small heel pocket is not considered to be a hook if the blade's edges are straight.

 Changing the blade is allowed, but the new blade must not be weakened. Taping the joint between the blade and the shaft is allowed, but no more than 10 mm of the visible part of the blade must be covered.

408 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 administrating authority.

409 The secretariat's equipment

1) The secretariat shall have all the equipment necessary for their responsibilities.

410 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, discovered before the match shall be corrected by the player concerned, who after this may start the match. With the exception of personal equipment and minor defects to the stick, such as small holes or painting, which shall be corrected by the player concerned, who after this may continue the match, all incorrect equipment discovered during the match shall lead to the referred penalty. Offences concerning players' uniforms and team captain's armlet shall not lead to more than one penalty per team and match. However, all incorrect equipment shall be reported. No other players than the team captains and the player with the equipment being measured must be at the secretariat during the measuring. After measuring, play shall be resumed according to what caused the interruption.

2) Measuring of a hook or a shaft 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 may be requested at any time, but shall not be carried out until play is interrupted. If measuring is requested during an interruption, it shall be carried out immediately, unless it, in the referees' opinion, negatively affects the situation for the opposing team. In this case the measuring shall be carried out at the next interruption. The referees are obliged to control a hook or a shaft on the team captain's request, but only one measuring per team and interruption shall be allowed. No other players than the team captains and the player with the equipment being measured must be at the secretariat during the measuring. After measuring, play shall be resumed according to what caused the interruption.

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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 start-offs, throw-outs, hit-ins, free-hits and penalty shots.


2) The referees shall use two signals, show prescribed signs and mark the place for the fixed situation. After the second signal, the ball may be played if it is still and in the right position.
At the start of a new period only one signal shall be used. The referees shall first show consequence sign and then possible offence sign. 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 must not be unreasonably delayed.
The referees decide what shall be considered unreasonable delay. If a fixed situation is delayed, the referees shall notify the player before any action is taken.

502 Start-off and throw-out

1) At the start of a new period and to confirm a correctly scored goal, a start-off shall be taken at the centre spot.
A goal scored during extra time or on a penalty shot after a period or a match has ended shall not be confirmed with a start-off. When a start-off is taken at the centre spot, each team shall be on their 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 throw-out awarded to the goalkeeper on which side the ball was last played.

3) A new ball for the throw-out may be given to the goalkeeper by the nearest referee.

4) All players, except the goalie making the throw-out, shall immediately, without summons from the referees, take a position at least 3 m from the goal crease, sticks included.

5) A start-off shall be taken by one field player passing the ball to a team mate. All players on the opposing team must be at least three meters away from the centre line before the start-off. 

6) A start-off or a throw-out must not go directly into goal.

503a Throw-out 

1) Throw-outs are awarded the goalkeeper after catching and controlling the ball with the hands.

2) Following the events listed under Rule 503b, throw-outs are awarded the goalkeeper on the same side as the ball was last correctly played.

3) The goalkeeper making the throw-out must have both feet in the goal crease in the moment the ball is released.

4) The ball must touch the ground before crossing the centre line.

 

503b Events leading to a throw-out

1) When the ball is unintentionally damaged.

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.

4) When the goal cage is unintentionally moved and can not be put back within reason-able time.
It is the goalkeepers 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 immediately be interrupted. If an injury occurs during an interruption, play shall be resumed according to what caused the interruption.

6) When an unnatural situation occurs during play.
The referees decide what shall be considered an unnatural situation, but this always includes un-authorized persons or objects on the rink, when the light entirely or partly goes out and if the siren goes off by mistake. If an unnatural situation occurs during an interruption, play shall be resumed according to what caused the interruption.

7) When a goal is disallowed despite the fact that no offence leading to a free-hit has been committed.
This also includes when the ball goes into goal without passing the goal line from the front, and when a hit-in goes directly into goal, also an own goal.

8) When a penalty shot does not result in a goal.
This also includes when a penalty shot is incorrectly performed.

9) When a delayed penalty is carried out because the offending team gains and controls the ball.
This also includes when the non-offending team, in the referees' opinion, is delaying play. If the delayed penalty is carried out due to any other interruption, play shall be resumed according to what caused the interruption.

10) When a penalty is imposed for an offence, committed or discovered during, but not in connection with, play.
This also includes when a penalized player enters the rink before his penalty expires or terminates. In connection with play implies controlling or trying to reach the ball. If an offence leading to a penalty is committed or discovered during an interruption, play shall be resumed according to what caused the interruption. If the penalty is a delayed penalty, play shall be resumed according to what caused the interruption.

11) When the referees are unable to decide the favor of a hit-in or a free-hit.
This also includes when players from both teams simultaneously commit offences.

12) When the referees' decision is incorrect.

504 Hit-in

1) When the ball leaves the rink, a hit-in shall be awarded to the non-offending team.
As offending team is considered the team, whose player or player's equipment last touches the ball before it leaves the rink.

2) A hit-in shall be taken from where 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 possible 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 3 m from the 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 in a correct way are trying to take position, no action shall be taken.

4) The ball shall be played with a field player's stick. It shall be hit, not drawn or lifted.

5) The player taking the hit-in must not touch the ball again before it has touched another player or another player's equipment.

6) A hit-in must not go directly into goal.
This also includes an own goal. After a hit-in, the ball has to touch another player or another player's equipment before it may go into goal. If a hit-in goes directly into goal, play shall be resumed with a face-off.

505 Events leading to a hit-in

1)      When the ball passes the board.
The entire ball shall pass the board. The ball is considered to still be in play if it bounces off the edge of the board and back into the rink.

2) When the ball touches the ceiling or possible objects above the rink.

 506 Free-hit

1) When an offence leading to a free-hit is committed, a free-hit shall be awarded to the non-offending team.
If, in the referees' opinion, an offence leading to a free-hit is dangerous, violent or giving the offending team a considerable advantage, it shall also lead to a penalty. An offence leading to a free-hit can in certain cases also lead to a penalty shot. With offences leading to a free-hit, the advantage rule shall be applied when possible. The advantage rule implies that if the non-offending team after an offence still controls the ball, they shall have the opportunity to go on playing if this gives them a greater advantage than a free-hit.

2) A free-hit shall be taken from where the offence is 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 this distance along an imaginary line from the centre of the goal line through the place where the offence was committed. When a free-hit is moved out to 3,5 m from the goalkeeper area, the defending team shall have the right to form a defense line immediately outside the goalkeeper area. If the attacking team prevents or obstructs this, a free-hit for obstruction shall be awarded to the defending team. However, the attacking team is not obliged to wait for the defending team to form the defense line. The attacking team also has the right to, in a correct way, place their players in front of the defense line.

3) The opponents shall immediately, without summons from the referees, take a position at least 3 m from the ball, sticks included.
The player taking the free-hit does not have to wait for the opponents to take position, but if the ball is played while the opponents in a correct way are trying to take position, no action shall be taken.

4) The ball shall be played with a field player's stick. It shall be hit, not drawn or lifted.

5) The player taking the free-hit must not touch the ball again before it has touched another player or another player's equipment.

6) A free-hit may go directly into goal.

507 Offences leading to a free-hit

1) When a player hits, blocks, lifts or kicks an opponent's stick. (901 902 903 912)
If the referees consider the player to have played the ball before hitting the opponent's stick, no action shall be taken.

2) When a field player, in control of the ball or trying to reach it, with his stick hits an opponent's foot or leg. (901)

3)  When a field player raises the blade above the floor in the back swing before hitting the ball, or above the waist in the forward swing after hitting the ball. (904)

This also includes mock shots. A high forward swing is allowed if no other players are in the vicinity, and no risk for injury exists. As waist level is considered the level of the waist when standing upright.

4) When a field player raises his stick over an opponent's head. (904)
From 01.07.99 this shall be considered an offence only when the action is considered dangerous.

5) When a field player uses any part of his stick or his foot to play or try to play the ball above knee level. (904 913)
Stopping the ball with a thigh is considered playing the ball above knee level, unless the player has both feet on the floor or is running in a normal way. As knee level is considered the level of the knees when standing upright.

6) When a field player places his stick, his foot or his leg between an opponent's legs or feet. (905)

7) When a player, in control of the ball or trying to reach it, in any other way than shoulder against shoulder forces or pushes an opponent. (907)

8) When a player, in control of the ball, trying to reach it or trying to get a better position, runs, walks or steps into an opponent backwards. (908)

9) When a field player kicks the ball twice, unless it in between has touched the player's stick, another player or another player's equipment. (912)
This shall be considered an offence only if the player, in the referees' opinion, both times kicks the ball intentionally.

10) When a player receives a foot pass from a field player in the same team. (912)
This shall be considered an offence only if the pass, in the referees' opinion, is intentional. Receiving a foot pass from a player in the same team is also allowed if an opponent omits to take the ball despite the possibility to do so.

11) When a field player is in the goalkeeper area. (914)
A field player is, however, allowed to pass through the goalkeeper area if, in the referees' opinion, play is not affected and the goalkeeper's actions are not prevented or obstructed. If a field player in the defending team at a free-hit for the opposing 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 his body touches the floor inside the goalkeeper area. A field player with only his stick in the goalkeeper area is not considered to be in the goalkeeper area. The lines belong to the goal-keeper area.

12) When a field player intentionally moves the opposing team's goal cage. (914)

13) When a field player passively obstructs the goalkeeper's throw-out. (915)
This shall be considered an offence only if the field player is closer to the goalkeeper than 3 m, measured from where the goalkeeper starts his throw-out. Passively implies unintentionally or through omission to move.

14) When a field player jumps up and stops the ball. (916)
As jumping is considered when both feet entirely leave the floor. Running is not considered as jumping. A player is allowed to jump over the ball if he does not touch it.

15) 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 during substitution plays the ball from outside the rink, 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.

16) When a goalkeeper at throw-out entirely leaves the goal crease. (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 his body touches the floor in the goal crease. The throw- out is considered performed when the goalkeeper lets go of the ball, and if he after this leaves the goal crease, no action shall be taken. The lines belong to the goal crease.

17) 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. The advantage rule shall be applied.

18) When a hit-in or a free-hit is incorrectly performed or intentionally delayed. (918)
This only includes when a hit-in or a free-hit is unreasonably delayed or when the ball is drawn or lifted. If the referees consider a hit-in or a free-hit to be delayed, the player shall be notified before any action is taken. If a hit-in or a free-hit is taken from the wrong place or when the ball is not entirely still, it shall only 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. If a hit-in goes directly into goal, also an own goal, play shall be resumed with a face-off.

19) 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 without being attacked, this shall be considered controlling the ball all the time.

20) When a goalkeeper receives a pass from a field player on the same team.

This shall be considered an offence only if the pass, in the referees' opinion, is intentional.  A goalkeeper may a if the goalkeeper entirely leaves his goal crease, and thereby is considered a field player, when he receives the pass. If the goalkeeper, after that he entirely has left his goal crease and stopped the ball, returns to his goal crease and picks the ball up, this shall not be considered a pass to the goalkeeper.

21) When a penalty is imposed for an offence committed in connection with play. (prescribed offence sign)
In connection with play implies controlling or trying to reach the ball. If the penalty is a delayed penalty, play shall be resumed according to what caused the interruption.

22) When a goal is disallowed due to an offence leading to a free-hit. (prescribed offence sign)

508 Penalty shot

1) When an offence leading to a penalty shot is committed, a penalty shot shall be awarded to the non-offending team.
If a penalty shot is awarded during a delayed penalty or caused by an offence leading to a penalty, the rules concerning penalties in connection with a penalty shot shall also be applied.

2) A penalty shot shall be taken from the centre spot.

3) All players except the player taking the penalty shot and the defending goalkeeper shall be in their substitution zones during the entire penalty shot. The goalkeeper shall be on the goal line when the penalty shot starts.
The goalkeeper must not be replaced by a field player. If the goalkeeper commits an offence during the penalty shot, a new another player in the offending team commits an offence during the penalty shot, a new penalty shot shall be awarded and the offence considered sabotage of play.

4) The player taking the penalty shot may play the ball an unlimited number of times, but the ball has to be in a forward movement during the entire penalty shot. As soon as the goalkeeper has touched the ball, the player taking the penalty shot must not touch the ball again during the penalty shot.
Game time shall be stopped during the entire penalty shot. Forward movement implies away from the centre line. If the ball hits the bar and/or one of or both the posts and then the goalkeeper and passes the goal line from the front, the goal shall be allowed.

5) A penalty shot may go directly into goal.

509 Delayed penalty shot

1) A delayed penalty shot shall be applied when the non-offending team after an offence leading to a penalty shot still controls the ball and the goal situation still is in progress.
If a delayed penalty shot is awarded during a delayed penalty or caused by an offence leading to a penalty, the rules concerning penalties in connection with penalty shots shall also be applied. A delayed penalty shot may be caused by an offence leading to a penalty only if the offence is leading to a 2 minute bench penalty and a delayed penalty is not already in progress. A delayed penalty shot may be used during a delayed penalty only if the offence causing the delayed penalty shot does not lead to a penalty.

2) A delayed penalty shot implies that the non-offending team is given the possibility to continue the attack until the immediate goal situation is over.
A delayed penalty shot shall be carried out at the end of a period or a match. If the non-offending team scores in a correct way during a delayed penalty shot, the goal shall be allowed and the penalty shot cancelled.

510 Offences leading to a penalty shot

1) When a goal situation is in progress and is prevented by the defending team committing an offence leading to a free-hit or a penalty. (prescribed offence sign)
The referees decide what shall be considered a goal situation. Offences in the goal crease shall not automatically lead to a penalty shot. A penalty shot shall, however, always be awarded if the defending team during a goal situation intentionally moves the goal cage or intentionally plays with too many players on the rink. A penalty shot shall also be awarded if a field player in the defending team at a free-hit for the opposing 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.

2) When a goal situation is prevented from coming up by the defending team committing an offence leading to a free-hit or a penalty. (prescribed offence sign)

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6.    PENALTIES

601 General regulations for penalties

1) When an offence leading to a penalty is committed, the offender shall be penalized.
An offence may, depending on how serious it is considered to be, lead to different types of penalties. If the referees are unable to point out the offender, or if the offence is committed by a member of the team staff, the team captain shall choose a field player, who is not already penalized, to serve the penalty. If the team captain refuses to do this, he shall serve the penalty himself. All carried out penalties shall be noted in the match record with time, number of the player, type and cause of penalty. If the penalty is caused by an offence in connection with play, the non-offending team shall be awarded a free-hit. If the penalty is caused by an offence not in connection with play, play shall be resumed with a face-off. If the penalty is caused by an offence committed during an interruption, play shall be resumed according to what caused the interruption. A penalized team captain loses his right to speak to the referees, unless he is addressed by them, and the team has during this time no other possibility to communicate with the referees.

2) A penalized player shall be on the penalty bench during the entire penalty.
All penalties terminate when the match is over. A penalty, which has not expired at the end of regular game time, shall continue during extra time. A penalized player shall be on the same side of the centre line as his team, with the exception of when the secretariat and the penalty benches through exemption is situated on the same side of the rink as the substitution zones. A penalized player may leave the penalty bench during intermission, but he has to return in time before the next period. A penalized player must not participate in a time out. A player, whose penalty expires, shall immediately leave the penalty bench, unless the number of penalties for his team makes this impossible or the penalty expiring is a personal penalty. A goalkeeper, whose penalty expires, shall not leave the penalty bench until the next interruption.

3) Penalty time shall be synchronized to game time.

602 Bench penalty

1) A bench penalty shall affect the team, and due to this the penalized player must not be replaced on the rink during the penalty.

2) No more than one bench penalty per player and two bench penalties per team must be measured simultaneously.
All bench penalties shall be measured in the order they are imposed. A player, whose penalty can not be measured, shall be on the penalty bench from the moment his penalty is carried out. If more than one penalty simultaneously is imposed on a team already having a bench penalty, the team captain decides which of the new penalties shall be measured first. Shorter bench penalties shall, however, in this case always be measured before longer. If a delayed penalty is carried out due to another penalty imposed on the same team, and the team already has a bench penalty, the delayed penalty shall be measured before the penalty causing the interruption.

3) A team, which has more than two players with carried out bench penalties, shall still have the right to play with four players on the rink.
The team shall play with four players on the rink until they have only one bench penalty being measured. A player, whose bench penalty expires before this, shall remain on the penalty bench until play is interrupted or, if this occurs sooner, further bench penalties expire so that his team has only one bench penalty being measured. All penalized players in a team shall leave the penalty bench in the same order as their bench penalties expire, but the rules concerning the number of players allowed on the rink shall be noticed all the time. The referees shall together with the secretariat help a player, whose penalty has expired during play, to leave the penalty bench as soon as play is interrupted.

4) If a player, who has incurred a bench penalty, commit further offences leading to a penalty, all his penalties shall be served consecutively.
This is regardless of whether the first penalty has started or not. If a bench penalty already has started and the same player incurs another penalty, the measuring of the first penalty shall not be affected, but go on from where it was when the new penalty was carried out. Consecutively implies that as soon as the player's first bench penalty expires or terminates, the next one shall start being measured, unless the team has other bench penalties, not yet being measured, which has been imposed in between the first player's bench penalties. An unlimited number of bench penalties can be imposed on the same player, but the rules concerning repeated offences shall, when necessary, also be applied. If a player has incurred a personal penalty, all his bench penalties have to expire or terminate before the personal penalty may start being measured. If a player, already serving a personal penalty, incurs a bench penalty, the measuring of the remaining personal penalty shall, as soon as the bench penalty can be measured, be postponed until the bench penalty expires or terminates, and the team captain shall choose a field player, who is not already penalized, to accompany the player on the penalty bench in order to enter the rink when the bench penalty expires. If a penalized player commits an offence leading to a match penalty, the rules concerning match penalties shall also be applied.

603 2 minute bench penalty

1) If the opposing team scores during a 2 minute bench penalty that is being measured, the penalty shall terminate, unless the opposing team is outnumbered on the rink or the teams play with equal strength.
Nor must the penalty terminate if the goal is scored during a delayed penalty or on a penalty shot caused by an offence leading to a penalty. If a 2 minute bench penalty is imposed in connection with a penalty shot or a delayed penalty shot, the rules concerning penalties in connection with a penalty shot shall also be applied.

2) If a team has more than one 2 minute bench penalty, these shall, with the exception of double penalties, terminate in the same order they have been carried out.
Double penalties shall never terminate. As double penalty is considered only when two 2 minute bench penalties, imposed on one player from each team, are carried out simultaneously, and the measuring of the penalties also starts simultaneously. A double penalty can not occur if one of the teams already has more than one bench penalty being measured.

3) If a goalkeeper incurs a 2 minute bench penalty, the team captain shall choose a field player, who is not already penalized, to serve the penalty.

604 Delayed penalty

1) A delayed penalty shall be applied when the non-offending team after an offence leading to a 2 minute bench penalty still controls the ball. Only one penalty at a time can be delayed.
If another offence leading to a penalty is committed during a delayed penalty, play shall be interrupted and both penalties carried out. A delayed penalty may also be used in connection with a delayed penalty shot or offences concerning the 3 m rule at a hit-in or a free-hit. If a delayed penalty is imposed in connection with a penalty shot or a delayed penalty shot, the rules concerning penalties in connection with a penalty shot shall also be applied.

2) A delayed penalty implies that the non-offending team is given the possibility to continue the attack until the offending team gains and controls the ball or play is interrupted.
During a delayed penalty, the non-offending team shall be given the opportunity to replace the goalkeeper with a field player and continue the attack. A delayed penalty shall be carried out at the end of a period or a match. If the delayed penalty is carried out because the offending team gains and controls the ball, play shall be resumed with a face-off. The non-offending team must use a delayed penalty for constructive attack play. If the referees consider the team only to be trying to gain time, the players shall be notified. If the team still does not try to attack, play shall be interrupted, the delayed penalty carried out and play resumed with a face-off. If the delayed penalty is carried out by any other interruption, play shall be resumed according to what caused the interruption. If the non-offending team scores in a correct way during a delayed penalty, the goal shall be allowed and the penalty cancelled, but no other penalties shall be affected. If the offending team scores during a delayed penalty, the goal shall be disallowed and play resumed with a face-off, but if the non-offending team scores an own goal, the goal shall be allowed.

605 Offences leading to a 2 minute bench penalty

1) When a player, in order to win a considerable advantage or with no possibility to reach the ball, hits, blocks, lifts or kicks an opponent's stick. (901 902 903 912)

2) When a field player with any part of his stick or with his foot plays or tries to play the ball above knee level and thereby wins a considerable advantage. (904 913)
Playing or trying to play the ball above waist level shall always lead to a 2 minute bench penalty. As knee level is considered the level of the knees when standing upright, and as waist level the level of the waist when standing upright.

3) When a player is guilty of dangerous play. (904)
This includes uncontrolled forward or backward swing and raising the stick above an opponent's head if this is considered dangerous or disturbing for the opponent.

4) When a player in an otherwise correct way forces or pushes an opponent against the board or the goal cage. (907)

5) When a player, trying to reach the ball, tackles or trips an opponent. (909)

6) When a player holds an opponent or an opponent's equipment. (910)

7) When a player obstructs an opponent, not in control of the ball. (911)
If a player, trying to get a better position, runs, walks or steps into an opponent backwards, only a free-hit shall be awarded, and offence sign 908 shall be used.

8) When a field player actively obstructs the goalkeeper's throw-out. (915)
This shall be considered an offence only if the field player is closer to the goalkeeper than 3 m, measured from where the goalkeeper starts his throw-out. Actively implies following the goalkeeper sideways or trying to reach the ball with the stick.

9) When a player violates the 3 m rule at a hit-in or a free-hit. (915)
If the hit-in or the free-hit is performed while the opponents in a correct way are trying to take position, no action shall be taken. If a team forms a defense line which is not at a proper distance, only one player shall be penalized. Delayed penalty shall, if possible, be applied.

10) When a field player stops or plays the ball lying or sitting down.
This also includes stopping or playing the ball with one knee or one hand on the floor. If a field player, in the referees' opinion, unintentionally has fallen and is hit by the ball, no action shall be taken.

11) When a field player stops or plays the ball with his hand, his arm or his head. (920 921)
If the player is hit by the ball and has no way of avoiding this, no action shall be taken.

12) When an incorrect substitution takes place. (922)
The player leaving the rink has to be on his way passing over the board before a new player may enter the rink. If the case is close, action shall only be taken if play is affected. As incorrect substitution is also considered when a player is changing outside the team's own substitution zone when play is interrupted.

13) When a team plays with too many players on the rink. (922)
Only one player shall be penalized.

14) When a player commits repeated offences leading to a free-hit. (923)
This includes both shorter and longer time. If the referees consider a player close to being penalized for repeated offences, the player shall, if possible, be notified before any action is taken.

15) When a team systematically disturbs play by committing repeated minor offences leading to a free-hit. (923)
This also includes when a team during a short time commits a number of minor offences. If the referees consider a team close to being penalized for repeated offences, the team captain shall, if possible, be notified before any action is taken. The player committing the last offence shall serve the penalty.

16) When a player intentionally delays play. (924)
This also includes striking the ball away when play is interrupted, intentionally blocking the ball, intentionally playing it over the board or intentionally damaging it. Only a player in control of the ball is considered to be able to intentionally play it over the board. If a player, intending to gain time, takes a position along the board and thereby prevents the opponents from reaching the ball in a correct way, the referees shall, if possible, notify the player before any action is taken.

17) When a team systematically delays play. (924)
If the referees consider a team close to being penalized for delaying play, the team captain shall, if possible, be notified before any action is taken. The team captain shall choose a field player, who is not already penalized, to serve the penalty.

18) When a player or a member of the team staff protests against the referees' decisions, or when coaching is performed in a disturbing or otherwise incorrect way. (925)
This also includes when the team captain constantly and without reason questions the referees' decisions. Protesting against the referees' decisions and coaching in a disturbing way is considered spontaneous and a minor offence compared to unsportsmanlike behaviour.

19) When a goalkeeper, despite summons from the referees, omits to put the goal cage back into position. (925)
It is the goalkeeper's responsibility to put the goal cage back as soon as this is considered possible.

20) When a penalized player, without entering the rink, leaves the penalty bench before his penalty expires or terminates, or refuses to leave the penalty bench when his penalty expires. (925)
However, if the penalized player enters the rink during play, this shall be considered sabotage of the play. The secretariat shall, as soon as possible, notify the referees of this. A player, whose penalty expires, shall not leave the penalty bench if the number of penalties for his team makes this impossible or the penalty expiring is a personal penalty. A goalkeeper, whose penalty expires, shall not leave the penalty bench until the next interruption.

21) When a player, despite summons from the referees, omits to correct personal equipment.
(no offence sign)

22) When a player uses incorrect clothing. (no offence sign)
This also includes missing parts of the clothing and offences concerning the team captain's armlet. Offences concerning clothing shall only lead to one penalty per team and match, but all incorrect equipment shall be reported.

23) When a team captain requests measuring of a hook or a shaft and the measured equipment is correct. (no offence sign)

24) When an incorrectly numbered player participates in the match. (no offence sign)
The team captain shall choose a field player, who is not already penalized, to serve the penalty. As soon as the match record has been corrected, the incorrectly numbered player may continue the match.

25) When a field player participates in play without a stick. (no offence sign)
This does not include a goalkeeper, temporarily considered a field player.

26) When a field player fetches a stick from another place than the team's own substitution zone. (no offence sign)

27) When a goalkeeper participates in play not properly equipped. (no offence sign)
If the goalkeeper unintentionally loses his face mask, play shall be interrupted and resumed with a face-off.

606 5 minute bench penalty

1) If the opposing team scores during a 5 minute bench penalty, the penalty shall not terminate.
A goalkeeper incurring a 5 minute bench penalty shall serve the penalty himself. If a reserve goalkeeper is missing, the team has at the most 3 minutes to properly equip a field player, but none of this time must be used for warming up. The new goalkeeper shall be marked in the match record, and the time for the change shall be noted. When the penalty expires, the goalkeeper must not enter the rink until play is interrupted. Due to this the team captain shall choose a field player, who is not already penalized, to accompany the goalkeeper on the penalty bench in order to enter the rink when the penalty expires. The referees shall together with the secretariat help a goalkeeper, whose penalty has expired during play, to leave the penalty bench as soon as play is interrupted. If a 5 minute bench penalty is imposed in connection with a penalty shot or a delayed penalty shot, the rules concerning penalties in connection with a penalty shot shall also be applied.

607 Offences leading to a 5 minute bench penalty

1) When a field player, in control of the ball or trying to reach it, performs violent or dangerous strikes with his stick. (901)
This also includes when a field player raises his stick over an opponent's head and the opponent is hit.

2) When a field player uses his stick to hook an opponent's body. (906)

3) When a player throws his stick or other equipment on the rink in order to hit the ball. (909)

4) When a player, trying to reach the ball, throws himself towards an opponent or otherwise attacks an opponent violently. (909)

5) When a player, in control of the ball or trying to reach it, tackles an opponent against the board or the goal cage. (909)

6) When a player commits repeated offences leading to a 2 minute bench penalty. (923)
The 5 minute bench penalty replaces the last 2 minute bench penalty. The offences shall be similar. A number of offences shall not automatically lead to a 5 minute bench penalty. The referees shall, due to the nature of the offences, decide whether a 5 minute bench penalty is required.

7) When a field player omits to remove all parts of his broken stick from the rink and bring them to the team's own substitution zone. (no offence sign)
Only clearly visible parts have to be removed by the player.

608 Personal penalty

1) A personal penalty can only be imposed in connection with a bench penalty and shall not be measured until the bench penalty expires or terminates. An unlimited number of personal penalties may be measured simultaneously.
If a player, already serving a personal penalty, incurs a bench penalty, the measuring of the remaining personal penalty shall, as soon as the bench penalty can be measured, be postponed until the bench penalty expires or terminates, and the team captain shall choose a field player, who is not already penalized, to accompany the player on the penalty bench in order to enter the rink when the bench penalty expires.

2) A personal penalty shall only affect the player, and due to this he may be replaced on the rink during the penalty.
The team captain shall choose a field player, who is not already penalized, to accompany the player on the penalty bench in order to enter the rink when the bench penalty expires. When the personal penalty expires, the player must not enter the rink until play is interrupted. A goalkeeper incurring a personal penalty shall serve both this and the bench penalty himself. If a reserve goalkeeper is missing, the team has at the most 3 minutes to properly equip a field player, but none of this time must be used for warming up. The new goalkeeper shall be marked in the match record, and the time for the change shall be noted. The referees shall together with the secretariat help a player, whose personal penalty has expired during play, to leave the penalty bench as soon as play is interrupted. A member of the team staff incurring a personal penalty shall be sent to the spectators' stand for the rest of the match, and the team captain shall choose a field player, who is not already penalized, to serve the bench penalty.

609 10 minute personal penalty

1) If the opposing team scores during a 10 minute personal penalty, the penalty shall not terminate.

610 Offences leading to a 2 minute bench penalty + 10 minute personal penalty

1) When a player or a member of the team staff is guilty of unsportsmanlike behaviour. (925)
Unsportsmanlike behaviour implies behaving in an insulting or unfair way towards referees, players, team staff, officials or spectators, to intentionally upset the goal cage, to kick or with the stick hit the board or the goal cage or to throw the stick or any other equipment during an interruption or in the substitution zone. Unsportsmanlike behaviour is considered intentional and a major offence compared to protesting against the referees' decisions or coaching in a disturbing or otherwise incorrect way.

2) When a player or a member of the team staff is guilty of repeated bench penalties an automatic 10 minutes personal penalty should be added to the bench penalty given.
As repeated bench penalty counts the second offence penalizes with a 2 or 5 minute bench penalty, as well as every offence thereafter.

611 Match penalty

1) A player or a member of the team staff incurring a match penalty shall immediately go to the dressing room and must not take any further part in the match.
The arranging team is responsible to see to it that the offender goes to the dressing room and does not return to the spectators' stand or the rink during the remaining time of the match, possible extra time and penalty shots included. All match penalties shall be reported. Offences, normally leading to a match penalty, committed before or after the match shall be reported, but no bench penalty shall be imposed. With the exception of incorrect equipment, which shall be corrected by the player concerned, offences leading to a match penalty committed before the match shall also bring about that the offender must not participate in the match or be at the spectators' stand during the match.

2) A match penalty shall always be followed by a 5 minute bench penalty.
The team captain shall choose a field player, who is not already penalized, to serve the bench penalty and possible other remaining bench penalties concerning the player incurring a match penalty. Possible personal penalties concerning the player incurring a match penalty shall terminate.

612 Match penalty 1

1) Match penalty 1 only concerns offences of technical nature and shall not lead to any further punishment for the player.

613 Offences leading to a match penalty 1

1) When a field player uses a stick with a hook which is too wide or a shaft which is too long. (no offence sign)
A shaft which is too long implies a shaft which has not been lengthened, but whose length still exceeds the allowed measure.

2) When a player, not noted in the match record, participates in the match. (no offence sign)

614 Match penalty 2

1) Match penalty 2 shall also lead to suspension for the next match in the same competition.

615 Offences leading to a match penalty 2

1) When a player participates in a scuffle. (909)
A scuffle implies a milder form of a fight, without punches or kicks, where the players involved can be considered to respect attempts to separate them.

2) When a player for the second time in the same match commits an offence leading to a 5 minute bench penalty. (923)
The match penalty replaces the second 5 minute bench penalty, but shall still be followed by a 5 minute bench penalty.

3) When a player or a member of the team staff is guilty of continued or repeated unsportsmanlike behaviour. (925)
The match penalty replaces the second 2 minute bench penalty + 10 minute personal penalty, but shall still be followed by a 5 minute bench penalty. Continued implies in the same sequence and repeated for the second time in the same match.

4) When a player in anger smashes his stick or other equipment. (925)

5) When a player, whose equipment is about to be measured, tries to correct the equipment before the measuring. (925)

6) When a player or a member of the team staff commits an offence clearly intending to sabotage play. (925)
This also includes when a penalized player intentionally enters the rink before his penalty expires or terminates. If the secretariat is responsible for this, no action shall be taken and the player shall only serve the remaining penalty. As sabotage of play is also considered offences committed by the offending team from the substitution zone during a penalty shot, when equipment is thrown from the substitution zone during play and when a player, not in the process of changing, takes or tries to take part in play from the substitution zone.

7) When a field player uses a defective stick or a stick which may cause injury. (no offence sign)
The referees decide whether the stick is dangerous or whether the player shall correct the defect and continue the match. As correctable defects shall be considered for example a stick which has been painted or a blade with a minor hole.

616 Match penalty 3

1) Match penalty 3 shall also lead to suspension for the next match in the same competition and further punishment, decided by the administrating authority.

617 Offences leading to a match penalty 3

1) When a player is involved in a fight. (909)
A player is considered to be involved in a fight when he uses punches or kicks.

2) When a player is guilty of a brutal offence. (909)
This also includes when a player throws his stick or other equipment at an opponent.

3) When a player or a member of the team staff is guilty of abusive language. (925)
Abusive language implies grossly insulting referees, players, team staff, officials or spectators.

4) When a field player uses a stick with a strengthened or lengthened shaft. (no offence sign)

618 Penalties in connection with a penalty shot

1) If a penalty shot, caused by an offence leading to a penalty, results in a goal, only the penalty causing the penalty shot can be affected.
This also includes a delayed penalty shot. If the penalty shot is caused by an offence leading to a 2 minute bench penalty, the penalty shall be cancelled if the penalty shot results in a goal, but all other types of penalties shall be carried out. If a delayed penalty shot, caused by an offence not leading to a penalty, is carried out due to the offending team committing an offence leading to a penalty, the last offence shall be considered to be the offence causing the penalty shot.

2) If a penalty shot, caused by an offence leading to a penalty and awarded during a delayed penalty, results in a goal, only the penalty causing the penalty shot can be affected.
If the penalty shot is caused by an offence leading to a 2 minute bench penalty, the penalty shall be cancelled if the penalty shot results in a goal, but all other types of penalties shall be carried out. If a delayed penalty shot and a delayed penalty are in progress simultaneously and are carried out by the offending team committing yet another offence leading to a penalty, the last offence shall be considered to be the offence causing the penalty shot.

3) If a penalty shot, caused by an offence not leading to a penalty and awarded during a delayed penalty, results in a goal, the delayed penalty shall be cancelled.
This also includes a delayed penalty shot.

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701 Allowed goals

1) A goal shall be considered allowed when it has been correctly scored and confirmed with a face-off at the centre spot.
All allowed goals shall be noted in the match record with time and the numbers of the scoring and assisting players. A goal scored during extra time or on a penalty shot after a period or a match has ended shall not be confirmed with a face-off, but shall be considered allowed when both referees have pointed at the centre spot and the goal has been noted in the match record. When a goal is disallowed, play shall be resumed with a face-off, unless the goal is disallowed due to an offence leading to a free-hit.

2) An allowed goal must not be disallowed.
If the referees are certain that an allowed goal is incorrect, this shall be reported.

702 Correctly scored goals

1) When the entire ball passes the goal line from the front after having been played in a correct way with a field player's stick, and no offence leading to a free-hit or a penalty has been committed by the attacking team in connection with, or immediately before, the goal.
This also includes when a player in the defending team has moved the goal cage out of position and the ball passes the goal line from the front between the marks for the posts and below the imaginary position of the bar, when an incorrectly numerated player is involved, through scoring or assisting, in the goal, and when an own goal is scored, however not directly at hit-in. As an own goal shall be considered only when a player in the defending team plays the ball into the goal, not if he directs it with his stick or his body. If an own goal is scored directly at a hit-in, the goal shall be disallowed and play shall be resumed with a face-off. If the non-offending team scores an own goal during a delayed penalty, the goal shall be allowed. An own goal shall be rewarded the player in the attacking team who last touches the ball, but no assist shall be noted.

2) When the entire ball passes the goal line from the front after a player in the defending team with his stick or his body has directed the ball, or a player in the attacking team with his body unintentionally has directed the ball, and no offence leading to a free-hit or a penalty has been committed by the attacking team in connection with, or immediately before, the goal.
The goal shall, however, not be considered correctly scored if a field player in the attacking team intentionally kicks the ball immediately before it is directed into goal.

703 Incorrectly scored goals

1) When a player in the attacking team has committed an offence leading to a free-hit or a penalty in connection with, or immediately before, the goal. (prescribed offence sign)
This also includes when a team scores with too many players or a penalized player on the rink, and when a player in the attacking team has moved the goal cage out of position.

2) When a player in the attacking team with any part of his body intentionally directs the ball into goal.
Since this is not considered an offence, play shall be resumed with a throw-in.

3) When the ball passes the goal line during or after a signal.
A period or a match is over as soon as the siren has started sounding.

4) When the ball goes into the goal cage without passing the goal line from the front.

5) When a goalkeeper throws or kicks the ball in an otherwise correct way into the opposing team's goal.
Since this is not considered an offence, play shall be resumed with a throw-in. The ball has to touch another player or another player's equipment before it goes into goal.

6) When a field player in the attacking team intentionally kicks the ball and it goes into goal after having touched another player or another player's equipment.
Since this is not considered an offence, play shall be resumed with a throw-in.

7) When a player, not noted in the match record, is involved in a goal.
Since this is not considered an offence, play shall be resumed with a
throw-in. Involved implies scoring or assisting.

8) When the offending team scores during a delayed penalty.
The penalty shall be carried out and play resumed with a throw-in.

9) When a hit-in goes directly into goal.
This also includes an own goal. Since this is not considered an offence, play shall be resumed with a throw-in.

10) When the ball bounces off one of the referees and directly into goal.
Normally the referees are dead points, but in this case the situation is considered to be of vital importance.

11) When prior to the shot a player lifts the blade above the floor on the back swing.
Since this is considered an offence, play shall be resumed with a free-hit.

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