The FIH, field hockey's governing body, has teamed up with organisers in Hong Kong to trial a new short-format, five-a-side international competition.
The 5s tournament will take place alongside the 2013 Hong Kong Football Club Hockey 6s on March 28 to 30.
The FIH said it is trialling the format for possible inclusion at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, noting that the greater accessibility of short-form hockey for youth and the ability to play it on non-regulation hockey pitches makes it "a key element for the future development and growth of the sport."
Players from the four international teams participating in the HKFC Hockey 6s (Australia, Great Britain, Holland and the Asian Barbarians) will be split into four five-a-side teams to compete in the 5s exhibition, where matches will consist of three, 10-minute periods.
David Luckes, FIH sport director, said: "The HKFC Hockey 6s is a great setting to give the Hockey 5s format a trial run. With the calibre of players at the Hong Kong tournament combined with the timing of the event, we felt this was the perfect opportunity to get meaningful feedback on the format before the 2014 Youth Olympic Games."
Patrick Watts, chairman of the HKFC Hockey 6s organising committee, said: "We are honoured to have been asked to trial the format for FIH and we look forward to audience and player feedback."