Floorball, a type of floor hockey, is an indoor team sport which was developed in the 1970s. Floorball is most popular in areas where the sport has developed at longest, such as the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland.
Floorball is played with a plastic stick and plastic holey ball. There are only 5 players on the ground and one goalkeeper but without a stick. A game is divided into three 20 minutes or 15 minutes units. The length of the unit depends on a league where the match is played.
This game isn’t as well-known as in Czech Republic or Switzerland. However, many people in Slovakia play this sport as well. One evidence is our national team won European Championship in… two years ago and that showed floorball a little more here.
We organize competitions in our country. And I hope in the future there will be much more.
Me personally, I have been playing this sport for about 6 years now and I enjoy the game not just because I want to keep fit and lose my weight or something like that. Firstly, you can make some really good friends in team. And moreover that friendship between your team mates is shown during the game. My team mates love play hard but also we are a good team to have a good fun. Secondly, when you come out on the pitch you have to play with them and also for/against them. It is like one big family that wants to do some good job together.
Finally, there’s another essential value of the team sports which are the best to feel mentally good. You know that you´re not there on your own and that even if you do something wrong it is not the end of the world because you know that your team is behind you.
So, if you´re man, woman, boy or girl, floorball is sport that everyone can take up no matter what ... and that is the beauty of this sport.
Jana Štefkovičova, Slovakia