Swedish Bandy Association
The Swedish Bandy Association (Swedish: Svenska Bandyförbundet) is the governing body of bandy in Sweden. It organizes the bandy leagues, Elitserien and Allsvenskan for men and Damallsvenskan for women, and the men's and women's national teams. It was established on 5 April 1925, and is based in Stockholm, after moving from Katrineholm. It is a founding member of FIB, Federation of International Bandy.
Bandy was introduced 1895 in Sweden by all round athlete Clarence von Rosen. He picked the game up during a visit in bandy's home country Great Britain. He started the first bandy club in Sweden, Stockholm Hockeyklubb. First in 1905 bandy was organized within Swedish Ballplay Association and a year later within Swedish Football Association. At a meeting April 5, 1925, the Swedish Bandy Association was formed representing 49 clubs.
The Swedish Bandy Association consisted of 23 district associations until 2013, when these were replaced by 6 larger districts for a more efficient administration. The six districts are Mellansverige (Central Sweden), Nord (North), Stockholm, Småland, Sydväst (South West), and Västergötland.
Swedish Bandy Association was one of the founding members of the Federation of International Bandy in 1955.
- "Organisation". Swedish Bandy Association. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
- "About FIB". Federation of International Bandy. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
- Svenska Bandyförbundet 2008 - The Swedish Bandy Association Regulation
- "Distrikt". Swedish Bandy Association. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
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