FIH considering 5-a-side format to promote hockey among youth

Last Updated: Jun 03, 2012, 17:55 PM IST

Ipoh (Malaysia): A five-a-side format to promote hockey among young players is under the International Hockey Federation`s consideration, FIH president Leandro Negre said here on Sunday.

Addressing the media at the Azlan Shah Cup, Negre said the FIH was mainly concentrating on its two main properties -- the traditional outdoor game with 11 players on each side and the indoor version that is very popular in Europe.

"Out sports is about these two versions. But with an eye on promoting hockey among youth, we are thinking about the 5-a-side concept," Negre said.

"This also involves the question of linking hockey to the Youth Games," said the FIH president.

Negre said no big changes in hockey rules would take place for some time.

"Hockey has had so many changes inside a few years, that we need to stop somewhere," he said.