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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


June 11, 2015 | North America: Jamaica

Jamaica's Maroons still impressive at 2015 Canada Cup

By Sydney Manyan, Captain

I think that the floorball tournament was a great success for us, in spite of losing three of four matches, we gave everyone a rough time. This was a completely different team from last year and we played much better.View Story I think that the floorball tournament was a great success for us, in spite of losing three of four matches, we gave everyone a rough time. This was a completely different team from last year and we played much better in terms of our cooperation and overall skill. The draw in our last Division match was difficult to take as the goal come with hardly any time left. It also meant that going into the knock-out round we would face one of the favourites to win the competition. We were not put off. Unfortunately we lost the match, but gave them a great fight, so much so that they were exhausted going on to the next match. I believe that we achieved a lot since we don’t have a formal league or indoor facilities and had to pray for the funding. The one point is more than we got last year and I’m sure that next year we’ll get our first win. On behalf of the entire team I’d like to thank everyone that helped us, family, friends, sponsors, the National Office and the Stadium management, but especially the Europeans who spent six months working with us and Dario for being with us at the tournament.”

About Sydney Manyan, Captain:I've been training with Special Olympics Jamaica since I was very young and have participated in many Sports at World Games. I also play in the local football league.
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May 11, 2015 | North America: Jamaica

Jamaica's Maroons head for 2nd Canada Cup Tournament

By Victor L Brown SOJ Floorball Coordinator

The Special Olympics Jamaica Maroons will play in a floorball tournament in Canada. It will take place May 15th to 19th in Toronto. The organizers are expecting the usual representation from Europe, the US, and naturally teams from across Canada.View Story The Special Olympics Jamaica Maroons will play in a floorball tournament in Canada. It will take place May 15th to 19th in Toronto at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens). The organizers are expecting the usual representation from Europe, the US, and naturally teams from across Canada. Special Olympics Jamaica is the only squad attending from the Special Olympics North America Region. “Competing in this year’s event is the culmination of a great amount of effort. We’ve been working for a year on the observations from last year’s event and I feel that we can do better this time” said floorball coordinator Victor Brown. The delegation consists of the following athletes: Oshain Daley (goalkeeper), Orion McCaw (Vice-Captain), Sydney Manyan (Captain), Rocky Lindsey, Nigel Davis. Our partners were: Christopher Palmer, Ricardo Frater, Rosene Hewitt, Orseano Benjamin, O’Shain Rhooms, Damion Barrett, David Bromfield, Senior athlete Richard Oates will again attend the referee clinic. He will be joined by Valerie Murphy our Institute of Sport representative (charged with promoting Floorball across the island). They may even get some court time. Dario Müller will assist me with the bench responsibilities. The management off-court activities will be handled by Kimberly Thompson and Rodney Jule. “We’ve come a long way since last year. This a new group of teammates with a different attitude. I’m looking forward to exhibiting what we’ve learnt from the visit of the European players. If we play as best we can’ we’ll do well, ” said Sydney Manyan Team Captain.

About Victor L Brown SOJ Floorball Coordinator:I have been working with Special Olympics Jamaica for 16 years.
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April 06, 2015 | North America: Jamaica

Die Mobiliar support Jamaica's Maroons with court uniforms

By Victor L. Brown

Dario Müller presented Special Olympics Jamaica Maroons Unified Floorball Club with a donation of two sets of court uniforms from Swiss based Die Mobiliar Indoor Sports at the final training session with the visiting European Floorball players on March 18th.View Story Dario Müller presented Special Olympics Jamaica Maroons Unified Floorball Club with a donation of two sets of court uniforms from Swiss based Die Mobiliar Indoor Sports at the final training session with the visiting European Floorball players on March 18th. “The resources were part of the Jamaica Floorball Association sponsored Bilingual Exchange Programme providing language and Floorball training in schools. Over the six (6) months that they were here, the Maroons benefited from their expertise at our weekly training sessions. Both athletes and coaches have learnt a lot from their interaction through drills and friendly matches. In addition to this wonderful gift of court uniforms for which we are grateful we also received a manual with all the drills that were shown to us” The Maroons are preparing for the 2015 Canada Cup in Toronto May 15 to 19.

About Victor L. Brown:have been working with SOJ since 1996
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