What is floorball?

Floorball, also known as innebandy/salibandy/unihockey, is a fun, safe and fast-paced indoor sport. Since the first roots of floorball were established in the United States in the late 1950s, and then re-developed into an ice hockey training game in Sweden in the 1970s, the game has spread to nearly 75 countries worldwide.


Floorball is played on an indoor surface, with a rink surrounding the player area. Standard games are played on a 40m x 20m playing area, with six players per team on the court (typically five field players and one goalkeeper), plus additional players in a substitution area next to the court. Small court, 4v4 and 3v3 variations of the game also exist. The goals are set inside the playing area, allowing for play behind them.

All floorball equipment is lightweight, with a ball made of plastic, and sticks made of fibreglass, carbon composites and plastic. Goalkeepers wear a lightweight helmet and padded clothing; field players typically wear no protective equipment, although some choose to wear protective glasses. The rules of floorball also prohibit most of the stick checking and body contact found in sports like ice hockey, making floorball safer than comparable sports.

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