International Hockey Federation Launches Video Library on Dartfish Platform

The FIH (International Hockey Federation) has launched the FIH Rules of Hockey Video Library on the Dartfish video web platform. The Video Library is a joint project between the FIH Umpiring Committee and the Hockey Rules Board that aims to provide a collection of video clips which demonstrate the Rules of Hockey and their current interpretations.

Dartfish in the development of software for video analysis. Using this platform, FIH now has its own Rules of Hockey Video Library, which may be accessed at

“We try to write the Rules as clearly as possible but recognise that viewing and working through a video example which features detailed explanations as well as the opportunity to replay the action is a good way of really understanding the Rules,” says David Collier, Chair of the Hockey Rules Board.  “This collaboration with the FIH Umpiring Committee therefore provides a valuable resource for umpires in particular but also for anyone who needs to know the Rules and their correct application.”

The first set of approximately 35 video clips has been uploaded to the Video Library to allow users to familiarize themselves with both the Library and the Dartfish platform. Each video has a description of the applicable Rule or Rules. In the Information provided with each video, the actual wording of the Rule or Rules can be found, together with any relevant guidance. The interpretation of each incident is included, along with the appropriate slide or slides from the FIH Umpires Briefing for 2011. In the time-line for each video the ‘key moments’ are indexed.

‘The FIH Rules of Hockey Video Library is a great step forward to trying to achieve a common interpretation of the Rules across the hockey world,” says Ermanno Silvano, the Chair of the FIH Umpiring Committee. “The potential of the Dartfish platform is enormous and I’m sure that the hockey community will benefit greatly from this new resource. We intend to add new videos to the Library on a regular basis in the coming months.”

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