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Five Day first ever 5 a side Sr Nationals to start (10/10/2016)
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Five-day first ever 5-a-side Senior Nationals in Pune from 26th

New Delhi, October 10th 2016: The indoor hockey game in India gets both recognition and competition, as Hockey India announces first ever Hockey India 5-a-side Senior Hockey National Championship 2016 for Men and Women.

The Five-day inaugural event will be held at Shiv Chattrapati Sports Complex, Mhalunge, Balewadi, Boxing Hall, Pune from 26 to 30 October 2016.

This explosive short format for field hockey played for the first time in India under the aegis of Hockey India will be conducted on a 38.5m x 22.5m size indoor court. It is seen as one of the key development for the sport worldwide. The objective of Hockey 5’s is to allow flexibility so that it can be played on any surface and on different sized pitches.

A match will consist of three periods of 10 minutes each with an interval of 3 minutes between the periods. Some of the key differences from current field hockey are in terms of the ways goals are scored and penalties imposed. Unlike traditional hockey, goals in 5s don’t have to be scored from inside the circle. A goal is awarded when the ball crosses the line from anywhere on the court. In addition, the ball is moved using a push, scoop or flick and no hitting is allowed as it is being played at an indoor arena.

In terms of fouls, only free hits and challenges are awarded for respective offences by an attacker or defender. A Challenge is similar to the way shootouts are conducted in modern hockey. Free hits and fouls follow the same rules as modern hockey as well.

Hosted by Hockey Maharashtra, the championship will have eight teams: Association of Indian Universities, Hockey Haryana, Hockey Jharkhand, Hockey Karnataka, Hockey Maharashtra, Hockey Odisha, Hockey Punjab and Uttar Pradesh Hockey.

Speaking about the tournament, Md. Mushtaque Ahmad, Secretary General, Hockey India said, “Hockey 5s is an exciting format, that has gained a lot of popularity internationally as an alternative to the traditional game. With the introduction of the Hockey India National Championship we can analyse and see how the format can help us build a fan base as well as a player base at the grassroots level. It is a very spectator friendly format of the sport sport, so we are keenly looking forward to it.”

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