Floorball – what is it?

Floorball is an indoor team sport which was developed in the 1970s in Sweden. Floorball is most popular in areas where the sport has developed the longest, such as the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. The game is played indoor on a gym floor, making it a year-round sport at the amateur and professional levels. There are professional leagues, such as Finlands Salibandyliiga and Swedens Svenska Superligan.

While there are 52 members of the International Floorball Federation (IFF), the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland have finished in most of the coveted 1st, 2nd and 3rd places at the World Floorball Championship. Last WFC in Helsinki 2010, Finland defeated Sweden in the final. A game that had over 14 000 spectators.

In addition to those four countries, floorball is gaining popularity in countries such as Latvia, Russia, Poland, Italy, Spain, USA, Canada, Japan, Malaysia and Australia.

Floorball is played 5 against 5 with one goalkeeper in each team. There are two referees in every game and the normal playing time is 3 x 20 minutes. If you would like to read more about the sport of Floorball then visit www.floorball.org for all the info!

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