Floorball

This page draws together floorball-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.


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Floorball is a versatile indoor team sport developed in the 1970s in Sweden, played in a rink with five field players plus a goalkeeper in each team. Floorball is played with plastic sticks and a light ball and with a goalkeeper without a stick. Floorball has similarities with hockey sports and the main objective is to score more goals than the opposite team. For Special Olympics the game is slightly modified from the "regular" form of Floorball. Matches are played 3 versus 3 with goalkeepers, on a smaller court that measures 20 m long by 12 m wide. This form of Floorball was developed for the intellectually disabled, and will be a demonstration sport at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Korea.


Floorball News and Stories


May 21, 2014 | North America: Jamaica

Jamaican Unified Floorball Team in Canada Championship

By Victor L. Brown Coordinator Floor Hockey and Floorball

Special Olympics Jamaica’s top international goal scorer, forward Orion McCaw, helped his team achieve a big first for Jamaica. The Maroons were the first Special Olympics team to compete in the Canada Cup Floorball Tournament.View Story Special Olympics Jamaica’s top international goal scorer, forward Orion McCaw, helped his team achieve a big first for Jamaica. The Maroons are the first Special Olympics team to compete in the annual Canada Cup Floorball Tournament in Toronto, which ended May 19. “It was a great experience for all of us, but as the one with previous overseas Floorball exposure I had to lead as much as possible to encourage the new ones," McCaw said. "We received many big ups from the fans saying how hard we worked.” The Maroons are a unified team made up of Special Olympics athletes and player partners from the community. Special Olympics Jamaica is also the first Special Olympics Program in North America to take up this fast-growing form of indoor hockey. The squad was captained by Sydney Manyan, who oversaw on-court play. He was joined by the following athletes with intellectual disabilities: Oshain Daley (goalkeeper), Kabious Smiley (defense); Omar Brown (defense); Kirk Dockery (forward); Andrew Hinds (forward) and forward Orion McCaw. The unified partners were: Peter Miller (defense); Christopher Palmer (forward), Stefan Richards (forward); Sanjay Buchanan (forward), Andre Fyffe (defense) Ricardo Frater (forward); Orseano Benjamin (defense). Jason Anderson Technical Director, Jamaica Floorball Association handled the coaching duties. In addition to the court play, veteran athlete Richard Oates attended the coaching clinic. Jason Johnson was our volunteer Statistician. The delegation was completed by Sharee Russell a Jamaica Floorball Association referee in training who has just returned from three months of practical on-court experience in Sweden. Although the squad lost its four games (6 to 3; 2 to 0; 3 to 2; 4 to 1), the reports coming back from the organizers and spectators are that the squad played very well and showed improvement. From Captain Sydney Manyan’s perspective: “Overall the squad played well together although adjustments will obviously have to be made to ensure that next time we capitalize on the opportunities we created in front of the net. We’ll need to make arrangements to have more access during the week to our training venue so we can focus on reducing our weaknesses”

About Victor L. Brown Coordinator Floor Hockey and Floorball:I've been with Special Olympics Jamaica for 18 years
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May 14, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Seeking Experienced Officials for the LA 2015 Games

By Sara Prescott

Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.View Story Special Olympics is accepting applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. In most cases, Special Olympics will select officials who are already certified by a related sports federation and who have Special Olympics officiating experience. Applications must be received by no later than July 1 2014. Please use the link below for more information and to download applications.

About Sara Prescott:I am the Administrative Assistant of Sports Training & Competition at Special Olympics.
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May 14, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Liechtenstein

International Floorball Seminar one of best to date

By Merita Brunn

Participants of the 2014 International Floorball Seminar with Special Olympics and the IFF.

In connection with the European Floorball tournament a Special Olympics international seminar was organised in cooperation with the International Floorball Federation and Special Olympics.View Story In connection with the European Floorball tournament a Special Olympics international seminar was organised in cooperation with the International Floorball Federation and Special Olympics. 18 participants attended the seminar with most from Europe: Austria, Estonia, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Slovenia and Switzerland. But also Jamaica and Venezuela were represented. During the practical and theory floorball sessions on the second and third seminar day, the floorball training was attended by Princess Nora of Liechtenstein, who is also an IOC member. Also the Managing Director of the Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia, Mrs Mary Davis, visited the training session and tried floorball. Special Olympics Floorball is growing fast and at the moment at least 24 Special Olympics National Programmes have included floorball on their program.

About Merita Brunn:I am Information Officer at the International Floorball Federation (IFF).
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