The game

Inline Hockey is a variant of hockey played on a hard, smooth surface, with players using inline skates to move and hockey sticks to shoot a hard, plastic puck into their opponent’s goal to score points. There are five players including the goalkeeper from each team on the rink at a time, while teams normally consist of 16 players. Inline hockey is a very fast-paced and free-flowing game. It is considered a contact sport but body checking is prohibited. Unlike ice hockey, there are no blue lines or defensive zones in roller hockey. This means that, according to most rule codes, there are no offsides or icings that can occur during gameplay. This along with fewer players on the rink allows for faster gameplay.


Internationally, inline hockey is represented by two different unions, the World Skate and the International Ice Hockey Federation. Each organizes its own annual world championships.

  • Coaches

Coaches need to have a whistle, a hockey board, a stick to demonstrate the drills, pucks, cones, and bibs.

Watch our video explaining some of the basic rules & concepts of the game