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


March 26, 2014 | North America: Jamaica

Learning Floorball, a New Sport for All in Jamaica

By Victor L. Brown

Victor L. Brown of Special Olympics Jamaica will take part in a training clinic in Austria to learn more about the sport of floorball and how to bring it back to Jamaica as a sport that can be played in teams that mix people with and without intellectual disabilities.View Story Victor L. Brown of Special Olympics Jamaica will take part in a training clinic in Austria to learn more about the sport of floorball and how to bring it back to Jamaica as a sport that can be played in teams that mix people with and without intellectual disabilities. “I see this as a great opportunity for Special Olympics Jamaica to obtain first hand instruction on how to organize and coach the sport to our athletes. I’ve attended International Floorball Federation lead clinics in Toronto at last year’s Canada Cup and here in Jamaica, but this will be the first with an emphasis on Special Olympics athletes." Brown is the coordinator for floorball and floor hockey for Special Olympics Jamaica. The training clinic is set for April 24 to 27 in Austria. "We’ve been doing our best, Richard Oates and I, to translate what we’ve learnt from the IFF perspective, but this upcoming clinic will solidify the specific techniques that we can apply to athletes, so I’m really looking forward to it and I’m sure that the four other coaches will benefit also from what I bring back.”

About Victor L. Brown:I've been with Special Olympics Jamaica for 18 years working in very capacity. I'm now responsible for Unified Floor Hockey and Floorball.
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February 14, 2014 | North America: Jamaica

Jamaican Athlete Scores at 2014 Floorball World Championship Qualifier

By Victor L. Brown

Jamaica athlete Orion McCaw who scored the lone Jamaican goal and was voted Squad’s MVP for the match against Canada. This is the second time that Orion has scored at the international level.View Story Although the Jamaican Squad to the Qualifiers suffered two very heavy defeats losing 27 to 0 against the USA and 31 to 1 against the host Canada, there was a bright spot for Special Olympics Jamaica athlete Orion McCaw who scored the lone Jamaican goal and was voted Squad’s MVP for the match against Canada. This is the second time that Orion has scored at the international level having scored when the JFA sent a squad to Sweden in December 2013. Another bright results for Special Olympics Jamaica was the performance of Oshain Daley as his efforts in the Squad’s net helped to keep the ferocious Canadian attackers somewhat at bay during the last period of their match.

About Victor L. Brown:I'm responsible for both Floor Hockey and Floorball Development
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December 12, 2013 | Europe Eurasia: Czech Republic

Unified Floorball Demo teaches a Valuable Lesson

By Merita Bruun

Special Olympics Czech Republic Unified Floorball teams Benesov and Sedlec compete a demo match at the IFF Women's World Floorball Championships.

1:0 was the final score of an exciting Special Olympics Unified Floorball demonstration game at the International Floorball Federation World’s Women Championships in the Czech Republic.View Story 1:0 was the final score of the exciting Special Olympics Unified Floorball demonstration game which took place during the International Floorball Federation World’s Women Championships in Brno Arena in the Czech Republic on December 8th. This was the first time for a Unified Floorball match to be played in Brno and the spectators were not disappointed with the competitive spirit and fair play between the two teams Benesov and Sedlec. Both teams are trained under Head Coach Stanislav Urban. “We are thrilled to showcase the talents and skills of Special Olympics athletes during one of the top events on of the year on the world floorball calendar” said Merita Braun, Information and Anti-doping Manager at the International Floorball Federation. “In such tense situations like a World Championship where there is a lot at stake, Special Olympics athletes remind us of the joy in game of floorball and the friendships to be made.”

About Merita Bruun:I am Information and Anti-doping Manager for the International Floorball Federation.
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