Each team is allowed to use a maximum of 20 players. These shall be noted in the match record.
Players may be field players or goalkeepers. No other players than those noted in the match record are allowed to participate in the match or be in their own substitution zones.
During play at the most six players in each team, including only one goalkeeper or six field players only, may be on the rink simultaneously.
For the referees to start a match, each team shall have at least five field players and a properly equipped goalkeeper, or the final score shall be 5-0 to the non-offending team. During play, each team must be able to play with at least four players, or the match shall be stopped and the final score shall be 5-0 to the non-offending team, or the achieved result if this is more advantageous for the non- offending team.
302 Substitution of players
- Substitution of players may take place at any time and an unlimited number of times during a match.
All substitution shall take place in the team’s own substitution zone. A player leaving the rink has to be on his way passing over the board before a substitute may enter the rink. An injured player leaving the rink outside his own substitution zone must not be replaced until play is interrupted.
303 Particular regulations for goalkeepers
All goalkeepers shall be marked in the match record.
The marking shall be made with a “G” in the margin. A player marked as goalkeeper is not allowed to participate as a field player, with a stick, during the same match. If a team due to injury or penalty has to replace the goalkeeper with a field player, they have a maximum of 3 minutes to properly equip the substitute, but none of this time shall be used for warming up. The new goalkeeper shall be marked in the match record, and the time of the change shall be noted.
If a goalkeeper entirely leaves his goal crease during play, he shall, until he returns, be considered a field player, yet without a stick.
This does not apply in connection with a throw-out. A goalkeeper is considered to have entirely left the goal crease when no part of his body touches the floor inside the goal crease. The goalkeeper is, however, allowed to jump within his own goal crease. The lines belong to the goal crease.
304 Particular regulations for team captains
Each team shall have a team captain, who shall be marked in the match record.
The marking shall be made with a “C” in the margin. Change of the team captain shall only take place in case of injury, illness or match penalty, and has to be noted with time in the match record. A replaced team captain must not function again as team captain during the same match.
Only the team captain is entitled to speak to the referees. He is also obliged to assist them.
When the team captain speaks to the referees, this shall be done according to set conditions. A penalized team captain loses his right to speak to the referees, unless he is addressed by them, and, except when the team staff requests a time out, the team has no possibility to communicate with the referees. If considered necessary by the referee discussions shall be taken in the corridors and not in the rink and never inside the referees’ dressing room.
305 Team staff
Each team shall note at the most five members of the team staff in the match record.
No other persons than those noted in the match record are allowed to be in their own substitution zone. With the exception of a time out, a member of the team staff shall not enter the rink without the referees’ permission. All coaching shall take place from the team’s own substitution zone. Before the match, a member of the team staff shall sign the match record. After the start of the match no amendments shall be allowed except from possible corrections of incorrect numbering. Should a member of the team staff be recorded also as a player, he should always be considered a player in any uncertain situations regarding offences in the substitution zone.
A match shall be led and controlled by two equally authorized referees.
The referees shall have the right to stop a match if there is an obvious risk that it can not be continued according to the rules.
A secretariat shall be in place.
The secretariat shall be neutral and responsible for the match record, time keeping and possible speaker tasks.