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12. Have any suggestions for a rules change ever been rejected?

 

In 2001, National Associations were invited to trial three possible rules changes: 

  • the so called "3 up rule" in which at least three players of each team must not enter their defending 23 metres area;
  • a "new" (long) corner (similar to current penalty corner)
  • increasing the shooting zone to the 23 metres area.

Only the first has been retained for further trial – the others have been rejected.

Also considered in the past but not leading to permanent changes (although possibly to be re-considered some time in the future): 

  • reducing the number of players on the pitch at any one time – for example from the current eleven to nine;
  • awarding a "long corner" if the ball is intentionally played over the back-line by a defender – that is, instead of a penalty corner;
  • variations on taking an attacking free hit in the 23 metres area – for example requiring all players to be 5 metres from the ball even when the free hit was more than five metres from the circle;
  • permitting the ball to be raised directly but safely from a free hit;
  • substitution at a Penalty Corner was initially permitted but was subsequently withdrawn from the rules.

 


 
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