India, the 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallists, hope to ride hockey's new rules in the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The team's goalkeeper and vice-captain PR Sreejesh feels India have the players to soak the pace and power the new rules will demand. (Also read: Can India end hockey medal drought at Asian Games?)
International hockey has assumed a new format that includes moving to four 15-minute quarters and having 40-second time-outs when a penalty corner is awarded and after a goal is scored. Overall game time will move from 70 minutes (previously two 35-minute halves) to a 60-minute game with four 15-minute quarters.
The additional time-outs for penalty corners and after goals ensures that the new 60-minute format is primarily actual playing time and eliminates the dead time associated with penalty corner set up while allowing for teams to enjoy their goal celebrations.