Men's In-Line Hockey

In-Line Hockey Overview

Inline hockey is played on playing surfaces that are similar in size to ice hockey arenas. In fact, inline hockey is often played in vacant ice arenas during the summer. The rules of inline hockey are only slightly different than those of ice hockey. The biggest difference between ice hockey and inline hockey is the fact that inline hockey is played on inline skates!

Inline hockey is a relatively new sport, yet it is already being played on every continent! It has an extremely bright future ahead. It is both a facinating and an exciting sport. It is still currently considered a "trend-sport," but the world-wide increase in its competitions and followings seems to indicate that it's more than just a trend. Watch for this sport to really move!

Another major difference between ice hockey and in-line hockey is that 4 players and a goalie compete at a time in in-line hockey, unlike ice hockey where 5 players and a goalie compete for a team. Players can change on-the-fly in inline hockey, so the tempo of the game is very quick. The overall team roster can carry up to 16 players with a maximum of 14 players being able to dress for any given game. Games usually consist of two twenty-minute stop-time periods.

In-Line Hockey World Championships

There have been World Championships for Men's In-Line Hockey since 1995. This summer, the 1997 In-Line Hockey World Championship was held from June 15-22, 1997 in Zell am See, Austria. 15 nations competed at the World Championship, with Team USA claiming the gold medal with a 5-2 win over Team Canada in the championship game.

All leading nations such as Canada, the USA, Finland, as well as Australia and several South American teams participated. Competition took place in four groups on a round-robin basis, followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals, and then the final on June 22, 1997.

The final placings for the 1997 Men's In-Line Hockey World Championship were as follows:

  1. USA
  2. Canada
  3. Austria
  4. Czech Republik
  5. Spain
  6. France
  7. Italy
  8. Switzerland
  9. Argentina
  10. Brasil
  11. Australia
  12. Equador
  13. Mexico
  14. Belgium
  15. Great Britain

Here is a list of the locations of all Men's In-Line Hockey World Championships to date:

In-Line Hockey Tournaments

Internationally Active Federations

In-Line Hockey Resources


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NARCh & Other Hockey Events

The events listed below are subject to change. Please consult the contacts listed below to confirm the date and location of the tournament.

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