Floorball is an emerging indoor team sport that is a variation of floor hockey played year-round (indoors and outdoors) at both the amateur and professional level. It is a sport that is growing internationally and though in its infancy in Canada it is growing rapidly as players discover its fast pace and excitement.
Floorball is not Floor Hockey or Ball Hockey!
- Floorball uses a special lightweight stick and wiffle ball
- The rules of play promote safety compared with other forms of hockey
- Floorball does not require that you have hockey skills in order to compete
- Floorball requires that the stick remains under waist level during play
- Floorball does not allow body checking or slashing
- It emphasizes skill development and fair play
- There are no offsides, which encourages a fast paced game using the entire playing area
- Floorball goalies remain on their knees, do not have a stick and handle the ball in ways similar to a soccer goalie
The game was invented in Gothenburg, Sweden in the early 1970’s. Originally it was played for fun in Swedish schools and as the sport evolved and began to grow in popularity, there were formal rules developed and a variety of floorball clubs were formed. The sport has grown rapidly in Europe and is now becoming established in countries all over the world.
The International Floorball Federation (IFF) was established in 1986 to govern and develop the sport internationally. Floorball is now played in almost 80 countries around the world with over 55 countries as recognized members of the IFF.
Floorball Canada became a member of the IFF in 2001 and has seen strong growth in the sport as it begins to be introduced across the country. It is a complementary sport to hockey and Hockey Canada endorses floorball as an off-ce training and skill development part of its Hockey Skills Academies. tFor those who do not play hockey or cannot afford it, floorball is a safe and inexpensive alternative to ice hockey. Canada competes nationally at the Men’s, Women’s, under-19 levels and the first Floorball League of Canada was established in 2012 with teams in Cambridge, Markham, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto.
Floorball Explained (Global TV Interview):
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- Clubs can be set up as either recreational or competitive league play.
- A floorball club is a community of people (typically geographic but could also be an organization or company) that gather for the recreational or competitive playing of floorball.
- It is typically identified by its community (much like a Minor Hockey Association is).
- Recreational clubs typically do not keep a record of wins and losses.
- Recreational clubs purchase the equipment and share it.
- In club leagues, players purchase their own sticks.
- Club leagues have set teams coaches, referees and schedules.
- Recreational clubs are generally more social in nature and club leagues are more competitive.
- Typically recreational and club leagues will not use goalies, but instead use mini nets or shooter tutors.
- Floorball leagues are inter-club.
- Floorball leagues are more organized and are more competitive in nature than clubs.
- There are set teams that will play an equal amount of games between each other over a set period of time.
- Referees are required and statistics are kept.
- Players are required to purchase their own equipment, be insured, and are required to register with both governing bodies (provincial Floorball organization and Floorball Canada)