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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


January 19, 2015 | North America: Jamaica

Special Olympics Jamaica Floorball Goalkeeper Gets “Special Instructions”

By Victor L. Brown, SOJ Floorball Coordinator

Greg instructing Oshain

Oshain Daley is a Special Olympics Jamaica athlete who will benefit from resources that have been arranged by the Jamaica Floorball Association (JFA) to be on-island until March 2015.View Story Oshain Daley is a Special Olympics Jamaica athlete who will benefit from resources that have been arranged by the Jamaica Floorball Association (JFA) to be on-island until March 2015. Gregoire Schneider, (former Goalkeeper for UHC Biel Seeland and former President of UC Corcelles-Cormodrèche in Switzerland) has agreed to provide some observations and instruction to Oshain to improve his Goalkeeping skills and techniques Gregoire has already observed that “Oshain has a good basic positioning and we’ll be working on helping him to keep it when he is moving in front of on-coming players. I would also say that Oshain has good reflexes”. “This is a great opportunity for Oshain to get first hand expert advice to improve his skills. We thank the JFA for bringing this resource on-island. Gregoire’s length of stay is timely as we are looking towards the 2015 Canada Cup. With this direct intervention we are sure that Oshain will improve on the good showing at the 2014 event.” Wayne Roberts, Assistant Coach, Youth Development.

About Victor L. Brown, SOJ Floorball Coordinator:I've been coordinating the development of SOJ Floorball for 3-years. We have traditional athletes (to include wheelchair) and a Unified team that has played at the 2014 Canada Cup
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January 14, 2015 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

Special Olympics demo at the Floorball World Men's Championships

By Suzanne Coogan

Special Olympics Sweden Floorball athletes

More than 40 Special Olympics Sweden athletes representing “Grunden Bois” Gothenburg Club took part in a floorball demonstration during the recent International Floorball Federation World Men`s Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.View Story More than 40 Special Olympics Sweden athletes representing “Grunden Bois” Gothenburg Club took part in a floorball demonstration during the recent International Floorball Federation World Men`s Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. Special Olympics athletes were given the opportunity to play short games during official qualification matches in addition to playing during the intermission of the bronze medal final. At the same time there was 2 hours of Special Olympics Floorball demonstration at the Fun Zone just before the main final. Special Olympics partner IFF were instrumental in organising this awareness event for Special Olympics athletes. Special thanks to John Liljelund, IFF General Secretary and his colleagues Merita Bruun and Veli Halonen. This was the fifth IFF Championships that included a Special Olympics demo and participation. Floorball will be included as an official sport at the 2017 World Winter Games in Graz, Austria involving 32 teams. Big congratulations to Special Olympics Sweden athletes.

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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January 05, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

New Coaching Quiz: Floorball

By Rafael Pacheco

A new online quiz on Floorball is now available. It's a great way to review and learn about the Special Olympics approach to this sport in a low-pressure quiz format.View Story A new online quiz on Floorball is now available. It's a great way to review and learn about the Special Olympics approach to this sport in a low-pressure quiz format. This quiz is designed to be taken by coaches to highlight what is different about this sport in Special Olympics, but they're useful for everyone involved in this sport. Name and other information is recorded for everyone who completes the quiz, so Programs can keep track of who has taken the quiz. In all, we have 21 sports-related quizzes.

About Rafael Pacheco:I am the e-Communications Product Manager for Special Olympics.
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