At the Swiss Hockey’s 119th Annual General Assembly, it was decided to promote and evolve in the new format Hockey5. This new fast-paced style game, played on a smaller field, creates plenty of dynamic goal shots, scenes, changing tension. This excitement generates the awareness for attracting new hockey players. Due to the simpler structures, smaller hockey nations can develop faster, play against the best and become one of the world’s elite.
Spurred not least by our successes at the last U16 European Championship, with the winning the runner-up European Championship for the girls and a good 4th place in the boys, we have successfully applied for the next U16 Double European Championship (Girls & Boys) in Lausanne in 2021. The tournament is also the qualifying tournament for the Youth Olympic Games in Dakar, Senegal in 2022.
20 minutes! Yes, just 20 minutes wants separate the champions from the contenders. Expect high levels of intensity as the teams will have just 1,200 seconds to prove their dominance in the shortest version of hockey. The 20 minutes will be split into two halves of 10 minutes each with a half-time break of two minutes.
With just five players on the field, expect players to have more ball-time and more touches than in an 11-a-a side game. More ball time gives an opportunity for players to showcase their one-on-one skills and discover innovative ways to find the back of the net.
The duration may be short but that doesn’t limit the goal scoring appetite of the players, who are always looking to get their names on the scoring sheet. In the last youth Olympics at Nanjing, an average of eight goals were scored in the preliminary round in the boys’ section. Expect more of the same in Buenos Aires!
Hockey5s has played an instrumental role in spreading the sport to developing nations and contribute towards the FIH’s 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy to transform the sport. Like the last edition, expect lesser known hockey nations to give some of the hockey power-houses a tough game. If it was Zambia that stunned Germany 8-1 in Nanjing, expect more such surprises from Zambia, Kenya, Vanuatu and Namibia in this edition. A total of 24 teams (men and women) will be competing for the gold medals.