Video Goal Review System

After several video reviews so far this EIHL season, and knowing that more will no doubt come, this week the EIHL Hockey Ops would like to clarify the rules and procedures around the Video Goal Review System (VGR).

Before the video review:

  • First, the referee must give a signal upon conclusion of the play of ‘goal’ or ‘no goal’
  • All four on-ice officials will then collectively confirm a conclusive on-ice decision


Criteria for review

There are 9 criteria that can be used for video review:

  1. Did the puck completely cross the goal line?
  2. Did the puck cross the goal line prior to the net being displaced?
  3. Did the puck cross the goal line at the expiration of a period?
  4. Was the puck directed/batted into the goal by a hand or foot, or deliberately directed/batted with any part of the attacking player’s body?
  5. Was the puck deflected into the goal off a game official?
  6. Did the attacking player strike the puck with a high stick (i.e. above the goal frame) before it entered the goal?
  7. To establish the correct time the puck completely crossed the goal line (i.e. to see how much time should be on the clock, especially if a goal is scored late in the game)
  8. Did an attacking player interfere with the netminder before the puck entered the goal?
  9. Was there goalie interference as the goal was scored?

Decision-making process

Each Review is subject to the quality of video available in each venue. The referee must see conclusive evidence to overturn the original on-ice call. In situations where the video review is inconclusive, the on-ice decision will remain as the final decision.


Coach’s Challenge

Once per game, each team is permitted to request a video review for a goal/no goal decision. To initiate the challenge, the Head Coach should either signal a Time-Out followed by the Video Review signal, or ask the Captain or Assistant Captain to ask the referee for a Video Review Time-Out.

At this point the referee shall ask the Head Coach on which criteria he is challenging the on-ice call, and also inform the Head Coach of the opposing team.

Should a Head Coach use his challenge and the decision is not changed from the referee’s original call, that team shall lose their Time Out for the remainder of the game.

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