Floorball is a fast growing type of hockey played indoors with "plastic" sticks and a light weight plastic ball with holes. In New Zealand the sport is also known as unihoc or unihockey and sometimes played in schools. Typically five field players and a goalkeeper (without a stick) play on a fully enclosed rink. The goals are set in so play continues behind the goal-line, similar to ice hockey. Floorball is a safe, fast and fun sport and easy for people to pick up as other than a stick, no protective gear is required. There are few rules, mainly to make it a safe sport for everyone.
The sport was developed in the 1970s and first appeared in Scandinavia and central Europe. It has since grown to a sport being played world wide. It is played professionally in Europe and World Championships are held every two years with even years having men's and uneven years having women's World Championships. Sweden (women) and Sweden (men) are the current World Champions.
The International Floorball Federation (IFF) has been founded in 1986 by Sweden, Finland and Switzerland and has currently about 50 member countries. Floorball has now a total of 300,000 licensed players and a total of 2 million recreational players in the world.
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It is one of the few sports which is equal between genders. One of the great advantages of Floorball is the easiness to start playing, the relatively low costs and the speed of the game. The International Olympic Committee has accepted Floorball as a recognised sport in 2008.
In New Zealand the sport is still relatively new and the Wellington Club is the biggest floorball Club in this country. Wellington Storm has won the NZ National Floorball Championships in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Other clubs are located in Auckland, Christchurch, Massey Albany, Palmerston North and University of Otago. Floorball New Zealand has been reorganised as the national body for the sport in 2009 and it is envisaged that the sport will grow rapidly over the next few years. The first New Zealand Men's national team has been competing at the Asia Pacific Floorball Championships (APAC) in January 2011. From the 12 men strong team, 9 players were from the Wellington Club. They have also competed again recently at the APAC where again 16 out of the 20 players came from the Wellington Floorball Club.
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