Hockey’s transformation from a 70-minute game divided into two halves, to four quarters with a total playing time of 60 minutes will start with the Asian Games in September.

Leandro Negre, President, of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), said the FIH was excited at the new rules coming into force this year.

Negre said the four-quarter format will come into effect with the Incheon Games.

“Our rule changes are aimed at making hockey a more exciting sport for the audiences, and the feedback we have received about the four-quarter format from the HIL and the European League has been very positive,” said Negre.

The FIH is looking at the four-quarter format as the future for the sport and it will be on show during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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