What is floorball

Floorball is a type of hockey that doesn't require any bulky equipment or big playing field. All you need is a stick and a ball!

Known as "innebandy" in Sweden, "salibandy" in Finland, and "unihockey" in German-speakingĀ parts of Europe, "floorball" is the official International Floorball Federation (IFF) term which is used worldwide. Common misspellings include floor ball, florbol, and florbal.

In official floorball competition, teams play 5 against 5 field players with goalies just like in ice hockey. The games consist of three 20-minute periods with 10 minute interval in between. 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 (called "rink") 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 fieldĀ 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. 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.