|Governing Body:||International Canoe Federation (ICF)|
Each team shall consist a maximum of 8 players in the team out of which 5 players are permitted at any time of the play on the field with the left outs that are allowed for substitutions.
The game time consists of two periods of ten minutes each unless overtime is needed to decide the result. The minimum playing time is two periods of seven minutes each. The half time interval shall normally be of three minutes. The teams shall change ends after each period of play.
At the start of each period of play, five players from each team line up and are ready to start the play. If the team intentionally causes an unnecessary delay to start the game then an infringement will be called.
A team obtains a goal when the whole of the ball passes through the goal frame of the opponent’s goal. The referee will show the number of the player scoring the goal to the scorekeeper. Time-out must be there after a goal is scored. If the ball is prevented from entering a goal by either a defender's or substitutes paddle that enters the goal from behind, then a goal is awarded.
After a goal is scored, the scoring team must return to their own half in within 10-15 seconds. Any intentional delay will be sanctioned with a Team Warning for Unsporting Behavior for Deliberate Delaying Tactics Signals. The referee may restart play as soon as the attacking team is ready even if up to 2 players of the defending team are not back in their own half.
The sport primarily adheres to the safety of the players and to keep the game fast paced along withmaintaining the excitement while playing as well as watching. Infringement of any of the rules of the game amounts to a foul.
The fouls in the play can be of the following types:-
The severity of the foul may be determined by the following three general principles:-
The match consists of two referees (one on each side-line) who are present on foot rather than in boats.
The scorekeeper keeps the account of scores.
The timekeeper observes the playing time and sending-off times.
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