Hockey 9s

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Hockey 9s or Hockey Nines is a variation of the sport of field hockey played at international level. While played on a standard size hockey field, there are a number of variations in its rules, most significantly the reduction of number of players on a team from eleven to nine.[1]

Rules and field variations[edit]

Teams are limited to nine players on the field at one time. A match consists of two 15-minute halves.[2] The game is played on a standard field hockey pitch, the goals are wider than those in eleven-a-side hockey.[2][3]


The nine-a-side game has been played at club level.[4]

International Hockey 9s tournaments[edit]

As of 2013 there have been three Hockey 9s tournaments contested by national representative teams.

The inaugural tournament was played in Perth, Western Australia in October 2011. The Australia men's national field hockey team defeated the New Zealand men's national field hockey team in the final by 5 goals to 3.[5]

As of 19 October 2013 the third international Hockey 9s tournament is being played in Perth.[6]


  1. ^ "Kookaburras and Hockeyroos both into finals of Super Series hockey nines in Perth". Fox Sports (Australia). Fox Sports Pty Limited. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Australia in both hockey nines finals". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Local hockey brothers prepare to head south". Antrim Times. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  4. ^ David, Adrian (4 August 2012). "21 teams compete in hockey tournament". New Straits Times. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Black Sticks lose Nines format final to Australia". Fairfax New Zealand. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  6. ^ "International Super Series gets underway in Perth". International Hockey Federation. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.

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