Floorball is a sort of indoor hockey that doesn’t need any bulky equipment. All that’s required is a stick and a ball.
Known as “unihockey” in other parts of Europe, “innebandy” in Sweden, and “salibandy” in Finland, floorball is the official IFF term that is used around the globe. Common misspellings are florbol, floor ball, and florbal.
In approved floorball competition, teams play 5 v 5 with goalies similar to ice hockey. The games consist of three 20-minute periods. Though, floorball is very versatile. On a recreational level, games can be played on any size court (indoors or outside), with any number of players, for any length of time.
A standard floorball court is 65 feet x 130 feet. The boards around the court are typically made of high- density foam, heavy-duty plastic, or composites that measure around 20 inches. While floorball is somewhat like floor hockey, it is safer and quicker due to the distinct rules and the lightweight equipment. The emphasis is on skill and speed instead of strength.
Floorball is such an excellent activity because it is so much fun. You can play floorball with your friends, at home by yourself, or with your family. Young people will put down the cell phone or video game and become active again. Shooting, Passing, and stickhandling…once you get started, you don’t want to stop. Floorball is played with lightweight sticks that are simple to handle at any age. Basic rules are:
- No high sticking. The blade has to remain under the player’s knees
- Do not play the ball with your hand or head.
- No slashing (hitting your opponent’s stick).
- No lifting, pushing or kicking the opponent’s stick.
- You cannot reach between your opponent’s legs with your stick.
- You can foot pass the ball to your own teammate, but you can’t kick the ball two times in a row.
- You can’t jump to get the ball.