At any one time, there are 5 players from each team on the floor in a game of inline hockey. From the goal end of the floor, they are known as Goalkeeper (GK), Left Defence (LD), Right Defence (RD), Left Wing (LW) & Right Wing (RW). With a player less than ice hockey on the floor and different offside rules, the players tend to be skilled in both defence and attacking roles and allocated positions tend to be not as important compared to a game of ice hockey. Between the 2 forwards, they perform the role of wing & centre.
It is the goalkeeper’s primary job to keep the opposition from scoring. To help them stop the puck and to prevent injury, they are given additional specialised equipment to wear. While the position is similar to the ice hockey equivalent, their movements and tactics can be different because of the different playing surfaces.
Graphic – Inline hockey arena markings.
Each team has a head coach. Depending on the level played, there may be assistant coaches. Each team has a Captain (look for the letter C on the front of the Captain’s jersey) and up to 2 Alternate Captains (look for the letter A on the front of the Alternate’s jersey). Only these skaters can talk to the referee although this often does not occur in reality. A goalkeeper can not be a Captain or Alternate Captain.
Page last updated 11 August 2017