Floor Hockey

Special Olympics floor hockey players from Argentina and South Africa prepare compete at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Korea.

This page draws together floor hockey-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


Two athletes face off on floor hockey court.

Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics floor hockey.  View the Floor Hockey Fact Sheet

Floor hockey is a family of indoor hockey games, usually in the style of ice hockey, that are played on flat floor surfaces, such as a basketball court. As in other hockey codes, players on each team attempt to shoot a ball or puck into a goal using sticks, usually with a curved end.


Floor Hockey News and Stories


mars 18, 2014 |

Unified in One Goal

By Karyn Tan

Special Olympics Global Ambassadors Dikembe Mutombo and Sam Perkins traded their basketballs for hockey sticks today at the Unified Sports® Floor Hockey Experience at Kwondong University in Gangneung, Korea.View Story Special Olympics Global Ambassadors Dikembe Mutombo and Sam Perkins traded their basketballs for hockey sticks today at the Unified Sports® Floor Hockey Experience at Kwondong University in Gangneung, Korea. For the pair, the actions may differ from their usual dribbles and freethrows, but the teamwork and camaraderie on the floor hockey court remains the same, as Special Olympics athletes and partners passed and shot goals with great intensity. Mutombo was thrilled with the matches, playing with athletes from Korea, China, India, Venezuela and Argentina. “It was my first time seeing this game, it was new to me, I was a bit tired, and then I got used to it. I have a first cousin with a learning disability, so it’s a great honor to be here.” “This was like an all-star game but there are Special Olympics Unified Sports everywhere. Wherever we play, it is with one purpose and one goal, to come together.”

About Karyn Tan:Manager, Communications and Development, Asia-Pacific
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mars 22, 2013 | Africa: South Africa

Un chœur de garçons doués

By University of Miami Volunteer

 Selon Thembile Nokulung, le manager de l'équipe Special Olympics Sud-Africaine de hockey ses joeurs aiment chanter. Ça les inspire, et leur donne un peu plus d'énergie pour aller sur le terrain de hockey et jouer de leur mieux.View Story L'équipe Special Olympics Sud-Africaine de hockey aime chanter. "Lorsqu'ils chantent, ils chantent en unité, ils chantent en équipe. Ça les inspire, et leur donne un peu plus d'énergie pour aller sur le terrain de hockey et jouer de leur mieux'" déclara Thembile Nokulung, le manager de l'équipe. Ce n'était pas comme ça lorsque l'équipe s'est rassemblée pour la première fois, six mois avant les Jeux mondiaux d'hiver de 2009 à Boise, Idaho. Au début, c’était du chacun pour soi mais, mais rapidement ils ont surmonté les et sont devenu une équipe soudée. Ce sont un groupe de jeunes garçons adolescents, qui se plaisantent, jouent et s'attachent les uns aux autres, dit Nokulung. Pour beaucoup de personnes en Afrique du sud, il peut sembler surprenant que cette équipe de jeunes hommes avec des déficiences intellectuelles, soient aussi ordinaire. "Les gens ont tendance à leur parler d’une manière différent, ou à les traiter différemment. Ils ne réalisent pas qu'ils sont aussi normaux que nous," disait-elle. Les déficiences intellectuelles ne diminuent pas leur " talent inné, et ce talent est de faire du sport".

About University of Miami Volunteer:More than a dozen University of Miami students volunteered as photographers and videographers at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho.
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The 2013 Games featured world-class competition in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding and speedskating, among other sports in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. See results by delegation, athlete and bib number.


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