Floorball is an indoor team sport that is a branch of floor hockey and is played year-round at the amateur and professional level.
Floorball was invented in Gothenburg, Sweden in the early 1970s and was originally played for fun as a past time in school. As the sport gained popularity, formal rules were developed and clubs began to form.
In 1986, the International Floorball Federation (IFF) was founded and was mainly created by those who couldn’t skate well enough to play ice hockey. However, floorball serves as an excellent complementary sport to ice hockey as it allows for the development of many similar skills.
As of 2009, floorball is played in almost 80 countries around the world, with 55 countries that are recognized members of the IFF.
Floorball Canada has been a member of the IFF since 2001 and has currently seen a strong growth in the sport as a safe and inexpensive alternative to ice hockey. Canada competes nationally at the Men’s, Women’s, under-19 levels and the first Floorball League of Canada, a competitive league structure, was established in 2012.