Mumbai: Field hockey will move into untested waters at the London Olympic Games when contesting teams would be allowed to call for one video referral per game through on-field umpires, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has said.
"Since Beijing (2008 Games venue), the possibility for a team to request a referral has been included and so London will see this for the first time at an Olympics. Each team is allowed one team referral, which must be made through the match umpire. This can occur at any time during a match, including extra time in classification matches, but not during shoot-outs. Only umpire referrals are permitted during a shoot-out," the FIH website said.
"Team referrals are restricted to decisions within the 23 metre areas relating to goals, penalty strokes and penalty corners. Penalty cards may not be the subject of a team referral," it added.