Rules of play
Game is simple
Two teams of four riders are playing on a pitch. Playing the ball by hand, they attempt to score a basket after at least three consecutive passes. The team with the most of baskets wins the game.
|Pitch||The pitch can be between 20-30 meters large and 60-75 meters long, with a basket at each end. You can practice horseball in your usual riding area.|
|Baskets||The baskets are 1 meter diameter hoops hooked vertically at 4.50 meters off the ground.|
|Ball||The ball is a T4 soccer ball surrounded by 6 leather handles.|
|Teams||Each team is composed by up to 6 players with possible mixed gender, with 4 players playing at a time.|
|Referees||The game is ruled by 2 referees, one on the pitch, on horseback, and one on the sideline, seated.|
|Duration||Two 10 minute periods, separated by a 3 minute half-time period.|
|Kickoff||The ball is on the ground, on the 10 meters line. The team must pick it at a gallop.|
|Scoring||A team scores when the ball goes through the basket, after at least 3 passes between 3 different players of the team.|
|Line-out||After a score, the game is restarted by a line-out: the ball is thrown between two lines of two players of each team.|
|Picking up||If the ball falls on the ground, you must pick it up without dismounting.|
|Seizing||Seizing the ball from an opponent is allowed.|
|Priorities||Strict rules of priority are designed to ensure a really safe game.|
The international federation of horseball (FIHB) establishes and edits rules for international competition, which are followed by all national organisations. You will always find the last up-to-date version at www.fihb-horseball.org. Some copies and translated versions are available on this site in the documents section.