by 2016, a development which will be welcomed by domestic and foreign players alike.So in 2016 there will be 2 new teams which will make the count of team to be participated to 8 .
Auction for India hockey league started on September 17th 2015 .
RULES for hockey has also been tweaked in upcoming game ,
As per the new goal-scoring points system, the Hockey India League 2016 will be known as the most competitive and first of its kind in any hockey competition where field goals will be given more priority than penalty corners.
Apart from the goal-scoring system, which is the highlight of the new innovation, franchisee's will also have 20, instead of the usual 24 players, in their squad. It will be a composition of 12 Indian and eight foreign players per side.
The squad must have minimum of two goalkeepers sitting on the bench and all the players of 20-member squad will be mentioned in the match sheet and must be presented at their respective team's dug-out during the HIL matches.
As per the new goal-scoring points system, the HIL 2016 will be known as the most competitive and first of its kind in any hockey competition where field goals will be given more priority than penalty corners.
In the HIL 2016 matches, 2 goal points will be awarded for every Field Goal to encourage more skillful and tactical hockey. To curb rough tackles and maintain discipline among players, 2 goal points will awarded to every Penalty-Stroke Goal scored other than resulting from penalty corner.