Hockey is subject to a set of rules and regulations that ensure fair play and maintain the spirit of competition.

For umpire and officials appointed to matches in hockey competitions, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has published international rulebooks that detail the rules by which the sport is officiated.


Officials should also familiarise themselves with the competition rules governing hockey in Scotland.

For assisting officials and umpires in understanding the rules of hockey and applying them to matches, you can download the Rules Interpretation Guide.

All officials can also access the guidelines that encourage fair play and maintain the spirit of competition:

Indoor Umpire Briefing 2018/19

Indoor Umpire Briefing for all umpires, managers, coaches and players involved in indoor this season.

Read through the presentation and listen to the video for further information.

Specific areas to think about –

  • Umpire Philosophy
  • 4 pillars
  • 4 key areas
  • Be Brave

Download the presentation at the 2018/19 Indoor Umpire Briefing:

Indoor Umpire Briefing

Further info

If you would like further information and guidance about the rules of hockey, then please contact us. We we will be happy to advise.