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1958 Schaper Manufactures COSOM i Lakeville manufactured plastic sticks. (should be fairly easy to check) Battle Creak, Michigan, 1962 there was a tournament with these sticks 1960 few swedish students found the sticks in holland and brought them to sweden 1979 floorball was founded in Sala and soon after the first tournament was played in Västerås.

—Preceding unsigned comment added by 109.58.22.185 (talk) 23:58, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

Clarification[edit]

After several reverted edits to the article, including some vandalism, I believe that it is time to clarify the difference between floorball and other sports. The beginning of the article states that floorball is also known as floor hockey. That's the way it's going to stay, and searching up 'floor hockey' will redirect you to this article.

What I believe people are trying to say, especially in Canada, is that floor hockey is a completely different sport. This is true to an extent, but the sport they are talking about happens to be either ball hockey or cosom hockey.

What do you think? Zadora13 (talk) 23:26, 21 February 2009 (UTC)

The text "often referred to as floor hockey" seems a bit weaselly. Who refers to it as such? But fluffing out the lead with clarification is an undue burden. My feeling is that floor hockey should be created as a disambiguation page. The words "floor hockey" in this article can then link to that page, and that page can describe who uses the term "floor hockey" for floorball, and who uses the term for other sports. Metao (talk) 12:26, 22 February 2009 (UTC)

I think that Zadora13 should go edit the polish wikipedia, and leave the English to the people who are blessed enough to know how to use it properly. You don't know what you're talking about, and this is the last day FLOOR HOCKEY redirects to your weak sport you seem to want to push on everyone. FLOORBALL IS FOR polocks who can't score! GO CANADA!!!! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Thewalrus69 (talkcontribs) 08:27, 28 June 2009 (UTC)

Thewalrus69, your comment doesn't appear to be very civil. WP:NPA.--The Legendary Sky Attacker 08:34, 28 June 2009 (UTC)

Search me up on google, and you'd see that I'm a member of the Canadian national floorball team. Makes you seem like an idiot for saying that now, doesn't it? And if anything, my English is sufficiently better than yours. Zadora13 (talk) 05:12, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

lol pwned and everything (particularly on the subject of english) but lets not drop ourselves down to his level :D Metao (talk) 06:00, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

"Floor hockey" is a term for a class of games not a particular game. Cf. cue sports vs. nine-ball. — SMcCandlish Talk⇒ ʕ(Õلō Contribs. 19:11, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

Alternative Names[edit]

Removed "in Europe called Unihockey" from the beginning of the article, because it's a sort of false statement. For instance, I'm a European and have played floorball for a long time, but have never before come across the term "Unihockey". It may be true that it's called Unihockey in German-speaking countries... but that's not really the same as Europe. "In Europe called salibandy" or "In Europe called innebandy" would be similarly false. Let's just call it floorball, as that's the correct name in English. -Jonik

Fair point. Kokiri 11:58, 2 Jan 2004 (UTC)
Anyways, if anyone searches up Innebandy, Salibandy, Unihockey, Unihokej, etc., they are automatically re-directed to the Floorball article page. I think most people would know that the sport is called Floorball worldwide. Unihockeypolska (talk) 03:40, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

Is the correct name not Indoor Bandy? --Dahlis 14:24, 13 June 2006 (UTC)

No. "Floorball" is rather well-established as the English name for the sport. For instance, note that Google currently returns 1 250 000 hits for "floorball", and about 7000 for "indoor bandy". --Jonik 21:31, 4 August 2006 (UTC)
In Scotland certainly, and perhaps elsewhere in the UK, floor hockey (with a puck, as opposed to floorball) is known as Unihockey or Unihoc. --Liam Mason 04:45, 18 August 2006 (UTC)

Is Unihoc an alternative name? We use it in Ireland but use a light puck or the ball (btw physics professor says that ball so shaped is called a "quiffle"? or something similar)-Bogger 12:15, 30 November 2006 (GMT)

Unihoc is an alternate name for floorball, short from unihockey. It is a whiffle ball, not a quiffle.Unihockeypolska (talk) 18:20, 23 May 2008 (UTC)


Unihoc is also used in Ireland for any game similar to hockey that is played indoors. Some cub scout clubs for children aged around 8 - 12 used to get us to play it with rolled up newspapers as sticks and tennis balls as balls. I have not seen any reference to this yet, but it surprised me that this article only concerns the complex variety. 213.202.167.182 (talk) 04:05, 1 November 2009 (UTC)


AND IN THE COUNTRY IT FROM IT IS CALLED INNEBANDY Tortuga135 (talk) 17:46, 5 December 2009 (UTC)

Article Clean Up[edit]

The article has way too many links to external sites ... it has to be cleaned up. I'll keep equipment manufacturers and leagues, but all the other stuff must be deleted. Sorry. Unihockeypolska (talk) 16:25, 28 May 2008 (UTC)

I agree. Im also wondering if the list of all the championship scores is a bit over the top. It should probably have its own page or pages. Metao (talk) 01:17, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
We should definetly keep the World Championships (Men, Women, MU19, WU19), the EuroFloorball Cup, the North American Championship, and the Asia Pacific Championships as well. The medal tables and the Czech Open has to go. Also, a main article should be made with all of the floorball federations across the world, so that the article can look a little bit cleaner. I've gotten rid of quite a few links that I felt weren't as important to the sport of floorball. Too many people are coming in and putting their links on there. Let me know what you guys think about that. Unihockeypolska (talk) 18:25, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
I've created 2 list pages ... List of EuroFloorball Cup Winners & List of World Floorball Champions. We can now get rid of those championship tables and clean up the article. I'll also make Czech Open & AOFC lists. Zadora13 (talk) 21:44, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
Just to let everyone know, I've been pretty much re-writing the article on Floorball over the last week or so, and I can tell you that it looks significantly better. It explains the rules thoroughly, as well as giving a great sense into the history of the sport. Everything 'floorball' seems to be covered in this article, but it can surely still use some improvements and more references. If you stumble upon anything, don't hesitate to add it to the article. Zadora13 (talk) 21:50, 23 January 2009 (UTC)

IFF Records - Section Proposal[edit]

Do you think there should be a section on IFF records (i.e. Highest game score, most penalty minutes, most goals by a player in an international, etc.)? Unihockeypolska (talk) 20:32, 24 May 2008 (UTC)

Men's World Floorball Championships[edit]

Just wanted to state that I have created 4 floorball-related pages. I created the 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2002 Men's World Floorball Championships pages. If you have any questions, put them into the discussion and I'll try my best to answer and fix the page. Feel free to edit the page, but I may go back and undo changes if I feel they are not right for the page. The links can be found on the Floorball main article page, where there is a table of all Men's world championship winners, or you can just select the year from here. 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002. Unihockeypolska (talk) 16:48, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

Also, please note that it is only the A-Division of the WFC that is listed. Unihockeypolska (talk) 16:50, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
I've just created the 2008 Men's WFC article page. Unihockeypolska (talk) 16:39, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

Floorball-Related Pages[edit]

If you make a floorball-related page, such as a player or club, place it here so that we can see and help expand it. Unihockeypolska (talk) 16:54, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

Pixbo Wallenstam Innebandyklubb - I created this quite some time ago, but help me expand it, as it is a stub. Unihockeypolska (talk) 16:54, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
Mika Kohonen - I recently created this page, but it's a stub and will need sources, but it would help if someone expands it. Unihockeypolska (talk) 03:29, 25 May 2008 (UTC)
2008 Men's World Floorball Championships - As the event goes on, someone must update this page with scores, statistics, etc. Unihockeypolska (talk) 16:39, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
Infobox: International Floorball Competition - I've created this template to organize the WFC pages. Zadora13 (talk) 22:52, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
Infobox: International Floorball Club - I've created this template to organize pages for floorball clubs Zadora13 (talk) 22:52, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
Sweden Men's National Floorball Team - Zadora13 (talk) 18:57, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
IFF World Rankings - Zadora13 (talk) 03:33, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
Canada Men's National Floorball Team - Zadora13 (talk) 18:46, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
2007 Czech Open - Zadora13 (talk) 01:13, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

Picture[edit]

Does anyone have a picture of a new ball? Also, a stick might be nice… Kokiri 2 July 2005 23:34 (UTC)

What's wrong with the picture that is there? Lupo July 5, 2005 07:06 (UTC)
It's an old, used ball, and even got a small crack. It's not wrong, but a picture of a new ball could be nicer. I like the dark background, though. Kokiri 5 July 2005 07:49 (UTC)

Is this the same as floorhockey?[edit]

The article notes that floorball may have gotten its start as floorhockey in the U.S. But is there actually any difference, aside from a governing body? I (and many Canadians) grew up playing floorhockey with regularity, and we never saw it as anything but hockey in a gymnasium. The lack of contact is hardly inimical to the presence of a floor, as most amateur hockey players (ice, floor, road, whatever) play without contact too. J21 04:39, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

Hmm, is floorhockey (as you understand it) played with a ball or puck? Anyway, one major difference are probably the more strictly defined rules for the game and for the equipment (size of the field and goals; rules about what kind of sticks may be used etc). So, we shouldn't really call floorball the same as floorhockey, unless floorhockey actually uses the set of rules defined by the IFF and used in the leagues & tournaments governed by national floorball federations. It probably does not. Of course, the games may be closely related in spite of all this.
Also note that in places where floorball is popular there also exist variations that are very similar, but use less strict rules and are generally played "less seriously". An example from Finland: compare salibandy (floorball) (whose popularity grew rapidly especially thoughout the 1990s and which is now one of the most popular team sports along with football and ice hockey by number of players) and its less-formal cousin sähly (that has been commonly played in school gym classes etc since 1970s or 1980s). The modern sport of floorball is seen to have evolved from these less strict variations.
Here's some UK page that advertises floorball as a alternative to floorhockey: [1].
Disclaimer: I don't really know anything about floorhockey so this is just speculation. --Jonik 14:41, 3 March 2006 (UTC)
Floor hockey is played with a lightweight plastic puck. It is played at the very least, all over Canada. This article needs to be split. It is prejudiced towards floorball. Street hockey is played with a tennis ball though. Cosom hockey is played with a ball, but not the same ball as floorball. Ccccccccccc 18:29, 28 April 2006 (UTC)
I always played floor hockey with a ball. --Pwnage8 (talk) 22:27, 13 March 2008 (UTC)
What's with this at the beginning ... 'Floorball, also known as Floor Hockey' ... it's not true, and we've already discussed it. I'll be removing that immediately. Gives people a different idea. Unihockeypolska (talk) 17:56, 22 May 2008 (UTC)

This is not right at all. This is NOT FLOOR HOCKEY this is a prejudice variation of floor hockey. This artice needs to be split VERY BADLY. WHAT A DISAPOINTMENT. FIX IT! this artice should be called 'floorball, some lousy forign version of floor hockey'. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Thewalrus69 (talkcontribs) 08:00, 28 June 2009 (UTC)

If you're going to be uncivil, the least you could do is use correct spelling and grammar, and be man enough to sign your posts. As I said above, I don't even disagree with you, but incoherent rants are not the way to achieve the changes you want. Metao (talk) 01:35, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

Section removed[edit]

I've removed a newly added section about "most accomplished players" as I think it is inherently POV. Lupo 06:27, 25 May 2006 (UTC)


Physical Contact Changed[edit]

I've updated the paragraph on physical contact to reflect floorball's ever increasing flexibility in terms of checking. What do you think?

Sounds good. Unihockeypolska (talk) 20:32, 24 May 2008 (UTC)

Game scores?[edit]

I don't know anything about Floorball, and wanted to find out more. I think it would be helpful to the understanding of the sport if average game scores were included. Is it more like basketball or soccer? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 203.143.221.162 (talk) 05:28, 14 May 2007 (UTC).

Generally, more goals than in ice hockey (so much more than in soccer), but far less than in handball (so much less than in basketball). Of course, this depends a lot on the level of play. In the play-off rounds of the 2006 Men's World Floorball Championships the average number of total goals per game was 9.5, but in the group stages, there were a lot of very uneven games (like Switzerland 22:5 Germany or Finland 20:0 Italy), so that would raise it higher. I don't have any references for more general statistics on this, but I agree that it would be a helpful fact to add. -- Jao 10:23, 14 May 2007 (UTC)
By the way, the world record score is 50:0, set when Poland defeated Ukraine in a WU19 match a few years ago. Unihockeypolska (talk) 20:32, 24 May 2008 (UTC)

Hi i play floor ball at club level as a goalkeeper in Sweden although i am only born 97 many games end the same at other ages 4-3 5-7 so normally it is evenTortuga135 (talk) 17:43, 5 December 2009 (UTC)

Origin of the game[edit]

Is there enough certainty about the origin and early history of floorball to simply state that "Floorball as a game comes from northern Europe"? An alternative theory, one I've come across quite a number of times, is that floorball was first played in the US, where it was discovered by a Dutchman, who took it to Rotterdam, where a number of Swedes discovered it, who took it to Sweden, where it was developed into the sport we now know as floorball. I wouldn't be surprised if there were similar stories involving other countries. What information is there on the early days of floorball? AecisBrievenbus 23:40, 27 June 2007 (UTC)

It's called 'indoor bandy' in Sweden and Finland, the countries where it is most popular, bandy being a field-hockey related sport played on ice, different from ice hockey. The name and the stick design definitely implies it is derived from bandy, and does not originate from the USA, and is older than the 1970s. The sentence in the current article which says it does is also some random guy's opinion without any proof (why is it there...). Bandy is basically a winter version of field hockey, and floorball is an indoor version of it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 85.157.152.207 (talk) 14:35, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

Measurements[edit]

someone put up the imperial measurements, please! --Pwnage8 (talk) 22:29, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

Its a European game, so everything is metric. Feel free to do the conversions if you like ;) Metao (talk) 00:22, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

Results[edit]

Do we really need all the results for all the tournaments? International tournaments, okay, sure, but national tournaments are probably not really necessary - partly for keeping the page readable, and partly because we cannot possibly be fair in deciding which national tournaments are more important than others. National tournament results probably belong on a national page (see Football in Scotland). If it becomes necessary, these can further be split up (see 2008-09 in Scottish football). Metao (talk) 01:17, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

Strong point ... this page should be only about the game itself, and it's history. I see no need to have any results up on the page. In this case, lists should be made (i.e. List of World Floorball Championship Winners)
Zadora13 (talk) 15:52, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

Featured Article Status[edit]

I believe that we should work to getting floorball to FA status so that we can eventually have it on the Wikipedia Main Page as one of their featured daily articles. This way, the sport of floorball gets some recognition, and more people will begin contributing to it.

We will most likely need to clean up the article (results, federations), and add more sources, as well as getting in touch with the IFF for information. In addition to that, we will need someone to consult floorball on Swedish and Finnish Wikipedia's. The talk page will need to be cleaned up/archived, and people should start joining WikiProject Floorball in order to grow an important floorball resource.

I do believe I speak for everyone here in saying that we really want to see floorball grow and expand. Let's do something small (or big) to help out with floorball on Wikipedia. Feel free to leave your comments or concerns, or any propositions you may have.

Cheers, Zadora13
(Talk) - 02:29, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

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Different sticks[edit]

Should I add something about sticks having "curve" and other such features, or is that too specific? — Preceding unsigned comment added by ProjectSaver (talkcontribs) 18:14, 22 March 2017 (UTC)