Sunday 18 August 2019

Hurling Super 11s explained: Eight new rules, pitch size and scoring system

17 October 2017; In attendance at Croke Park to launch the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival, also supported by Aer Lingus, from left, Eoghan O'Donnell of Dublin, David Fitzgerald of Clare, Declan O'Rourke, General Manager, AIG Ireland, Johnny Coen of Galway and Michael Cahill of Tipperary. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
17 October 2017; In attendance at Croke Park to launch the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival, also supported by Aer Lingus, from left, Eoghan O'Donnell of Dublin, David Fitzgerald of Clare, Declan O'Rourke, General Manager, AIG Ireland, Johnny Coen of Galway and Michael Cahill of Tipperary. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Conor McKeon

Dublin, Galway, Clare and Tipperary take part in the Hurling Super 11s in Boston this evening. Here is everything you need to know about the event.

TEAMS

Each team will have eleven players on the pitch. There is no limit to the number of substitutions that can be made in a game.

DURATION

Each of the three matches played in Fenway Park will be divided into two halves of 20 minutes. In 2015, when just one match was staged, the game was split into 15 minute quarters.

Half-time will constitute six minutes in the two semi-finals and 15 minutes in the final.

PITCH

The dimensions of the Fenway Park for today’s games are 100 yards x 53 yards. The pitch is laid into halves, with a defensive zone marked by a line drawn 20 yards from each goal line.

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SCORING

Only goals can be scored. A goal scored from within the defensive zone is equivalent to three points.  A goal scored from outside the defensive zone is equivalent to five points.

NEW RULES

1) Players are prohibited from hand passing the ball if they have received possession via a hand pass.

2) The ball may not be intentionally kicked.

Penalty for the above infringements is a free to the opposition team at the point where the foul was committed.

3) A team has 30 seconds after gaining possession to attempt a shot at goal. If they fail to do so, possession will be passed to the opposition and all players must retreat five yards.

In the last two minutes of each period of twenty minutes the period for attempting to score shall be reduced to twenty seconds.

4) A player may not touch the ball from a puck out until it travels into the opposition’s half.

5) Players may take a tap-and-go free, a la rugby.

6) The ’65 is replaced by a penalty corner, wherein a free puck shall be taken from a point eight yards on the side of the goal on which the ball went out of play.

Only one defending player may stand on the goal-line and a maximum of four other defending players (two on each side of the goal) may stand on the end line no closer to the goal than three and a half yards. Three attacking players may stand on the 20 yard line.

All other players shall be in the other half of the field. 

7) In the event of a draw, the result will be determined by a penalty shoot-out consisting five shots each, followed by ‘sudden death’ if necessary.

8) Players who commit a cautionable foul will be ‘sin binned’ for two minutes.

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