Art. 1 – TEAMS
The match is played by two teams. No more than seven (7) players for each team – one of which is necessarily the goalkeeper – take part in the game at the same time. The goalkeeper must always be equipped with the specific protective clothing provided for the role.
Each team is allowed to have up to a maximum of seven (7) reserve players on the bench to make substitutions; in this case (7 reservations) one must necessarily be another goalkeeper.
Players participating in the game must use the mouth guard and shin guards. Those not able to use have to show documentation that proves the impossibility to do so. The referee will have the obligation to check and, failing this, will not allow the player to participate in the game. The player who has delayed his equipment late will be able to resume the game after verification, at a standstill, by the referee.
The referee’s control must be done, as a rule, before the start of the competition. If the referee realizes, at play in progress, that a player is not equipped with shin guards or the mouthguard will invite him to regularize the equipment, at the first interruption of the game. The player can be substituted and the game must not be suspended for this reason except in the case in which the team should be in this interval of time with less than five players on the pitch.
The substitution of the players can take place at any time except for the period between the grant and the term of a short angle shot; during this period only the replacement of the defending team goalkeeper is authorized if he is injured or has been expelled. Substitutions must take place near the center of the field. Any replacement of the goalkeeper must take place at a standstill and the referee will have to stop the time.
A substituted player may re-enter the field for subsequent substitutions.
A team is not allowed to start a race or to continue it if it is not able to field at least five (5) players at the same time.
If during the game a team is found with less than five (5) players on the pitch, the match will be interrupted and the opposing team will be declared the winner with a score of two to zero (2 -0) or the most favorable one acquired in the field.
If a team has only five players on the pitch and one of them remains slightly injured the referee can, only in this case, temporarily suspend the race, if he believes that the player can resume the game in a short time, otherwise he will decide the end of the match. If a team has only five players on the pitch and a player is temporarily ejected, the match must be considered complete. Of all this the referee will have to mention in the race report.
For infractions of letter a) a short corner shot will be awarded against the team that committed the infraction.
Art. 2 – GAME DURATION
The duration of the competition is fifty (50) minutes, divided into two periods of twenty-five (25) minutes. The game will be extended to complete a possible short angle.
At the end of the first half the teams observe a break of no more than ten (10) minutes.
Art. 3 – DRAW
Before the start of the competition the draw is made; the team that will win the draw will be entitled to the choice of the field or to start the race.
At the beginning of the second half, after the inversion of the teams on the pitch, the team that has not done it in the first half will have the right to start the game.
Art. 4 – REFEREE
The matches have two referees.
Art. 5 – PLAYING FIELD
The pitch must have a rectangular shaped surface with dimensions that may vary by:
Length: from m. 45 to m. 55.
Width: from m. 35 to m. 45.
Clay, natural grass and synthetic grass surfaces are permitted, including synthetic grass approved for soccer fields.
Art. 6 – GOALS
Goals with the following internal measures are permitted:
m. 3.66 x m 2.14 (corresponding to regulatory lawn hockey doors)