Field hockey teams unhappy with an umpire’s ruling can now demand a video referral of the decision, the International Hockey Federation said on Monday.
Teams will be allowed one referral per match on the decision of umpires to award, or disallow, goals, penalty corners and penalty strokes. The captain must request the review as soon as the incident takes place. If the referral goes in favour of the team asking for it, that team will be allowed one more referral for the rest of the match, the FIH said.
The system will be put on trial at the men’s Champions Trophy in Melbourne from November 28, before the FIH takes a decision on introducing it at the next World Cup in New Delhi in February-March.
“The purpose of the video umpire is to reduce errors which may impact upon the result of a match,” FIH competitions committee chairman Ken Read said. “We will review the results of the trial following the Champions Trophy, with a view to having the best video umpire system in place for the 2010 World Cup.”