Street floorball

Street floorball is an informal, fun version of floorball for smaller teams of three or four field players and no goalie. It's played on a rink, that's a quarter of the size of full floorball rink at 10 m x 20 m (65½ ft by 33 ft) or 13 m x 26 m (a basketball court). The goal is also much smaller to suit a game without a goalkeeper. There is only one referee. This version of floorball suits well to the schools, where they can run several games side-by-side at the same time. It's also perfect to be played on a basketball court.

Floorball Federation of Kenya runs street floorball leagues in various parts of the country to accommodate the smaller teams and playing arenas.

The rules of street floorball

  1. There is at the same time three (or four depending on the competition and field size) outfield players in each team, no goalkeepers. The substitutions are unlimited (the so-called flying substitution). The maximum size of the team is eight players in a game of one period and 12 players in a game of two or more periods.
  2. Game time is 1 x 15 or 2 x 15 minutes depending on the competition. The game time is running time like in football.
  3. The recommended size of the playing area is 20 x 10 m (65½ ft by 33 ft), three players on a side, or 13 m x 26 m (a basketball court), four players on a side. The playing area can be surrounded by a 50 cm (20") high wall called the rink, but this is not necessary if no rink is available. The rink then defines the playing area. 
  4. The stick should be normal floorball sticks. A ball is the standard floorball ball.
  5. Mini goals are used. Recommended size of a goal is 60 x 40-45 cm (width x height) (2 ft by 1½ ft).
  6. The goal area is an arc with a radius of 100 cm that is marked in the front of the goal.
  7. A player is not allowed to touch the goal area (the "D") with any part of the body. However, stepping over the goal area is allowed. Stick handling is permitted in the goal area. Defenders can go behind the goal to protect it with their sticks. If a defender steps in the "D" to play the ball or prevent it to be played, a penalty shot is given to the offensive team. If an offensive player is stepping in the "D" to play the ball, a free hit is given to the defending team from the corner point.
  8. If an offensive player pushes with the body, there is a free hit. If a defensive player pushes with the body, there is a penalty shot.
  9. A penalty shot is hit from the center of the field towards the empty goal. If a penalty shot fails, the play is continued with a face-off from the center. If a penalty shot succeeds, the play is continued with a hit in for the defending team from the center. The ball must be hit back to the team's own area.
  10. A goal is scored when the ball completely crosses the goal line. An offensive player may only score with a stick. Kicked scoring is disallowed. If the ball bounces in the goal after touching a defensive player, the goal is accepted.
  11. After a scored goal, the game is restarted with a faceoff from the centre point. Additional Note: Both teams have to return to its own half of the court until the faceoff.
  12. If the ball goes out from the playing area, the team that did not play the ball gets to do a hit-in near the border where the ball left the rink. (The hit point is about one meter (3 ft) from the edge of the rink).
  13. The free hit and hit-in can go straight into the goal. A defending player must be at least three meters away including the stick when the hit is done.
  14. Foot pass is allowed to self or to another player. A goal can't be scored with a kick. Kicking the ball with your foot more than once in succession is not permitted. It would result in a free hit to the opposing team.
  15. The intentional use of arms or head to the ball is not allowed. It will result in a free hit to the opposing team from the point of infringement.
  16. A player may not raise the stick above the level of his/her waist. The player is not allowed to play the ball with the stick or leg above the knee-level. There is no jumping. An infringement will result in a free hit..
  17. The stick may be used only to play the ball. Pressing the opponent's stick, tying or lifting it is prohibited. Reaching for the ball between the legs of the opponent by foot or stick is also prohibited.
  18. Tackling, holding, pushing and blocking is not allowed.
  19. A player can not play without a stick and the player is not allowed to throw the stick.
  20. Playing when sitting or lying on the ground is prohibited (= both knees or one hand is on the ground). One knee may touch the ground.
  21. A player with the ball may not back towards an opponent. Standing back to the opponent is allowed, though.
  22. Penalty hit is given if the referee interprets an infringement worthy of penalty time (there are no individual bench penalty time in street floorball) or if the infringement was preventing a goal to be scored.
  23. Unsportsmanlike conduct and/or unnecessary roughness leads to two penalty hits and a match penalty. The referee will report the incident to the jury of the tournament in serious cases. The jury deals with the case individually and decide on sanctions. The most severe punishment is the expulsion of the player in question from the tournament.