The game of four players on the field + goalkeeper will have an official name: 4vs4
Rink dimension - LENGHT minimum 36m maximum 48m, WIDTH minimum 18m maximum 24m
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 4vs4 INTERNAL RULES 1 - Equipment
Each player must be equipped with helmet, football (soccer) or lightweight hockeyball pads, gloves (ball hockey or ice hockey). Shoulder pads of any kind are prohibited.
Helmets, jerseys, shorts and socks must have the same color.
Any stick is accepted for the tournament. A referee may, at any time, declare an illegal piece of equipment when it is worn or damaged and represents a risk of injury.
Teams must be ready for the match 10 minutes before the official start of their match.
Locker rooms will be available where players can leave their bags. The head coach of each team will come for the key to the locker room 30 minutes before the game. After the game, the team has 30 minutes to leave the locker room.
Teams have to attend the opening ceremony of the World Championships. A three minutes warm-up period is available to players before the game.
One minute before the match begins, teams will stand on the blue line and based on instruction from the referee will great each other.
3. Duration of games
Each round robin game is composed of 2 x 15 minute periods, elimination games will be 3 x 15 minute periods. The clock stops at every play stoppage unless there is a 6+ goal differential.
The breaks between periods are a fixed 2 minutes and the teams change ends.
After the match, the teams have to stand on the blue line and then the best players of each team will be evaluated (determined by the main referee). Subsequently, national anthem of the winning team will be played. Teams will then shake hands. Until this time the area can not be attended by players and officials of other teams.
5 . Officials
2 referees will be present for every match along with 2 WBHF goal judges.
Penalties in games are 2, 5 or 10 minutes based on the official WBHF rules. If the team has another player with penalty - his penalty time is deferred until the completion of the existing one. Minimum number of players on the field is 2.
The game is played based on the official WBHF rules except icing, offside and a 4vs4 format.
If a player is ejected from a game he will no longer be allowed to continue the tournament. Participation in the world championships may be possible only if the fee in amout of 100€ is paid to the WBHF Disciplinary Board who will evaluate the situation.
- 3 points for a win in regular time
- 2 Points for a win after a shootout (3 shooters) - 1 Point for a loss after shootout
- 0 Points for a loss in regular time
Tie-breaking procedure (final standings) is as follows :
1- Result of mutual match 2- Goal differential
3- Goals for
8. Roster size
Teams are allowed a maximum of 18 + 2 (goalies) players.
Official site of the WBHF is www.wbhf.info and complete rules are in « about sport » and « technical ».