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People are in agreement that Floorball is an excellent alternative to Floor Hockey and Unihoc. The big difference between the two is that the rules of Floorball do not allow for any high sticking, stick contact or body contact, so the game tends to be less physical and more skill oriented and fast paced.
It is a safer game! Floorball is played using a stick with a curved and concave plastic blade. The shaft is shorter than a traditional ice hockey stick and round, which makes it very maneuverable. This design allows for a shot that is more of a whipping or flicking type of motion as opposed to a slap shot. The stick is not permitted to be above the waist (knee for youth) on the back or fore stroke when taking a shot. There is no puck or heavy ball; instead a lightweight, plastic ball is used. The ball is extremely fast and can be easily lifted, bounced and deflected. The rules of the game require fair play and promote heightened participation at all levels.
Floorball is a fun, quick, and active sport. It provides a great workout in a fun environment.
Floorball as a game comes from northern Europe . It is similar to Bandy, a kind of sport considered the predecessor of ice hockey Floorball is sometimes likened to ice hockey without the ice skates, but there are considerable differences in the rules. In, Floorball is commonly considered to be a kind of hockey.
Floorball is a fast and dynamic sport with much of the time played near the goals. The mixture of endurance, power and precision make Floorball a popular game in schools.
In Switzerland Floorball is not only played on the original field, but also on a smaller field of 24 x 14 m. On the smaller field a team consists of three field players and one goalie. The rules do not differ.
On the original field, the game is played by five field players and one goalie on each side. The team consists of a larger number of players which can be substituted at any time. A Floorball game is played over 3 periods of 20 minutes. Time is stopped in the case of time penalties, goals and timeouts. There is a break of ten minutes between the thirds. If the game is part of a tournament, the time is shortened to 2 x 20 minutes and the break to 5 minutes. In both cases, the last three minutes the clock is only running when the balls is in play. There are two referees in charge of each game, both of which have the same authority.
The stick used in Floorball is exactly regulated. The shaft must not be longer than 95 cm and not heavier than 350 grams. Its material is plastic and it is hollow. Generally lighter sticks are preferred. The ball is made of white plastic and hollow. It has got a diameter of 72 mm and weighs between 20 and 23 grams. There are 26 holes, each of which measuring 11 mm. The goals are 160 cm wide and 115 cm high; their depth is 65 cm.
The goalie wears special equipment. His trousers are long and padded. The shirt is padded and might be long. The goalie is allowed to wear gloves, but a mitt is not permitted. The goalie wears a helmet to protect his face. All the equipment worn by the goalie has the purpose to protect the goalkeeper and must not augment the area as covered by the goalie without the protective wear. In contrasts to other kinds of hockey, in Floorball the goalie does not have a stick. The field players on the other hand only wear shorts, a shirt, socks and indoor sport shoes.
Compared to Ice Hockey, Floorball does not permit the use of the body as much. No checks are allowed, nor is pushing, blocking etc. These rules help a dynamic game which emphasizes tactics.
A "free kick" is the standard position after a foul. There are time penalties of two and five minutes for harder fouls; ten minutes are reserved for unfair behavior. For extreme cases there are match bans (red card).