Floorball is a fun, fast-paced hockey game that is played on foot with lightweight sticks and a plastic ball. It has its origins in the United States where it was played in physical education classes during the 1950s. However, the popularity of the sport did not take off until it was introduced to students in Sweden and Finland.
Floorball quickly became popular in schools and youth clubs throughout Scandinavia and parts of Europe where in 1986, the International Floorball Federation was founded by the federations of Sweden, Finland, and Switzerland. The sport is known by many names in many different countries -salibandy, innebandy, unihockey - but it’s all simply floorball.
One of the absolute advantages of Floorball is that it is very easy to become a player. Anyone regardless of age, physical condition, or gender can grab a floorball stick and join in the fun. It certainly has the potential to fill a niche for people who love hockey because it is played very similarly to hockey; however, Floorball does not require the skill of skating and with rules that prohibit hitting and checking, the sport is safe to play coed and with mixed age levels. It is also inexpensive compared to inline or ice hockey because the only equipment requirements for a field player is a stick and a pair of good indoor court shoes. Goalies require helmets and pads but they don’t play with a stick.
Floorball is very similar to ice hockey minus the ice, which is why many
professional hockey clubs in Europe use it for off-season training to improve
stick skills and foot speed. A floorball game is played between two teams that
can use a maximum of 20 players each with lines of 5 players and a goalie. The
usual formation is two wings, one center, two defenders, and one goalie. Games
consist of three
The Irish Floorball Association (IFA)
The Irish Floorball Association (IFA) was first started in 2007 by a group of students in Limerick. It did, however, not work out and it ceased to exist after gaining provisional membership with IFF. In 2010 a Swedish man living in Killarney was looking for somewhere to pick up his interest in Floorball. After realising there was nowhere to play in Ireland he decided that the only way he would get to play the game again was to start it up himself. October 13th 2010 an Application to take over the activities of the ceased IFA was accepted as a Provisional Member by the International Floorball Federation (IFF) and the Irish Floorball Association in it’s current layout was officially formed.
The IFA is the Governing body for the Sport of Floorball in Ireland, which is affiliated to the International Floorball Federation (IFF). The IFA is a non-profit organisation, registrered as a Friendly Society. The Decision making Bodies of the IFA is the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the Central Board. The AGM consist of all Floorball Clubs in Ireland with their Officers and Members. The Central Board consist of 8 Members.
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