What is Floorball?
Floorball is a type of indoor hockey that doesn't require any bulky equipment. All you need is a stick and a ball!
Known as "innebandy" in Sweden, "salibandy" in Finland, and "unihockey" in other parts of Europe, "floorball" is the official IFF term which is used worldwide. Common misspellings include floor ball, florbol, and florbal.
In official floorball competition, teams play 5 v 5 with goalies just like in ice hockey and the games consist of three 20-minute periods. However, floorball is extremely versatile. At the recreational level, games can be played with any number of players on any size court (indoors or outside) for any length of time.
A regulation floorball court is 20 meters by 40 meters (65 feet x 130 feet). The boards surrounding the court are usually made of heavy duty plastic, composites or high density foam that measure 50 cm high (about 20 inches).
While floorball is similar to ball or floor hockey, it is faster and safer because of the unique rules and the lightweight equipment. The emphasis is on speed and skill rather than strength.
This video from the IFF captures the essence of competitive floorball This is Floorball
BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO PLAY ORGANIZED FLOORBALL TO ENJOY THE SPORT!
Floorball is such a great activity because it is so much fun! You can play floorball at home -- by yourself, with your friends, with your family. Floorball is such a great activity because it is so much fun! Kids will put down the video game controller or smart phone and get active again. Passing, shooting, stickhandling – once they get started, they don't want to stop. Floorball is played with lightweight sticks that are easy to control at any age. Check out Play Floorball at Home.
Here are the basic rules of floorball:
No high sticking. Blade must stay below player's knees. If ball is played with any part of the stick above the knee, it is high sticking.
No slashing. Do not hit your opponent's stick.
No lifting, pushing or kicking the opponent's stick.
You cannot reach between your opponent's legs with your stick.
It is OK to foot pass the ball to your own teammate but you cannot kick the ball twice in a row.
Do not play the ball with your hand or head.
Do not jump to reach the ball.
For a great video showing the rules of floorball visit The Rules of Floorball