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Roller hockey

If you love skating and are also interested in playing hockey then you must try this sport. Roller hockey, rink hockey, or quad hockey is a team sport played on roller skates. It is the only quad skate team sport in existence where two teams face off against one another at the same time. Two teams try to drive a hard ball with their sticks into the opposing teams' goal net. Each team has five players on the rink at a time, four of whom are skaters and one who is the goalkeeper. The ball can only be put in motion by a stick, not the skate, otherwise a foul will be stated. The game has two 25-minute halves, with a 15-minute halftime intermission, plus up to two 5-minute golden goal periods to settle ties with the clock stopping when the ball becomes dead. If the tie persists, a penalty shootout will determine the winner. Players use quad skates, whereas inline skates are used in inline hockey. Excessive contact between players is forbidden in rink hockey, unlike inline hockey. Since 2017, the World Championships for the sport have been part of the World Roller Games organized by World Skate. Roller hockey was a demonstration roller sport in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. There have been 44 editions of this and the countries with the most world titles are Spain, Portugal, Argentina, and Italy. Due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, World Skate banned Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from its competitions.

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