Ask the Official: Is a team allowed to play with six players and no goalkeeper?

By Dave Zednik, IHOA Rules & Ethics Chairman


QUESTION: Is a team allowed to play a game with six players and no goalkeeper?

ANSWER: Yes. Rule Reference 203(d). A team may opt to play the game with six players and no goalkeeper. However, the Referee and the Coach must be aware that no player is allowed to have the privileges of the goalkeeper. If the team has no designated goalkeeper on the roster, this is the only option. A temporary goalkeeper may not be used unless he has replaced a designated goalkeeper who has participated in that game and is unable to continue playing.



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