The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and USA Field Hockey will continue to allow the use of approved protective eyewear in all tournaments and events. The FIH approves field players to wear approved protective eyewear throughout a match for medical purposes.
Approved eyewear by the FIH and USA Field Hockey include a smooth preferably transparent or white, but otherwise single colored face mask, which closely fits the face, soft protective head-covering or eye protection in the form of plastic goggles (goggles with a soft-covered frame and plastic lenses). The medical reasons must be assessed by an appropriate authority.
In addition, field players are permitted to wear a smooth preferably transparent or white but otherwise single colored face mask which closely fits the face when defending a penalty corner or penalty stroke for the duration of that penalty corner or penalty stroke and when they are inside the circle defending.
USA Field Hockey permits field players to wear approved face protection without medical reason during all sanctioned events. Approved face protection has been described above. Case-type goggles and other protection that protrudes from the face are not allowed. (Editor Note: NFHS is permitting use of cage type goggles which will create confusion in the marketplace.)
Clarification of these rules can be found in USA Field Hockey’s 2011 Rules of Field Hockey rule book as well as on the FIH website. Click here to view images of approved protective eyewear.