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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.


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

October 30, 2014 | North America: Jamaica

Genesis Academy Joins Special Olympics Jamaica Floorball Training

By Victor L. Brown

Wayne Roberts and Genesis athlete

Genesis Academy in Jamaica is a high school established in 2003 for students with intellectual disabilities/challenges. It recently introduced floorball, a form of indoor hockey, to itsView Story Genesis Academy is a high school established in 2003 for students with intellectual disabilities/challenges; catering for students age 12 to 21, and to students 21 to 25 in its Adult Unit, which provides support in occupation & life skills. “We are always looking at new activities that include all of our special children, and that allows them to experience what normal children do. Floorball appealed to me because it was a team sport, but more importantly both the able bodied and the physically challenged could participate, so no-one was excluded. It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn a new sport, to be active, and perhaps to find something that they can be good at. We had our first training sessions on October 14th and 15th both our children (a total of 20) and teachers loved it and had a lot of fun, especially our wheel chair students. We are all excited to see how far they can go. Already I’m seeing some potential stars.” Donna Lowe, Principal. "I have been working with the students from Genesis almost from its establishment and provided basic Floor Hockey skills training to students at the Academy for over two (2) years. In fact, Matthew Tarawali (a graduate student) was on the Special Olympics Jamaica Floor Hockey squad to win gold (at the 2009 World Winter Games) and silver (at the 2013 World Games). As the coordinator of the Special Olympics Jamaica Floorball programme, I can say it is great news that Genesis has once again come on board as the first Special Institution to introduce the Sport to students. Training will take place in the first instance twice a week during the regular physical education periods under the oversight of Wayne Roberts, Assistant Coach Youth Development Damion Barrett, Volunteer Coach and Rocky Lindsay Athlete Coach.

About Victor L. Brown:I've been working with Special Olympics Jamaica since 1996. I've been coaching Floor Hockey successfully at World Games and now coaching Floorball.
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October 09, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Ukraine

First Open Games in Ukraine

By Andriy Porodko​

The first Special Olympics Open Games took place on October 3-5 in Lviv, Ukraine. During 2-days of competition 54 sets of medals were awarded to athletes that competed in swimming, table-tennis, football and floorball.View Story The first Special Olympics Open Games took place on October 3-5 in Lviv, Ukraine. During 2-days of competition 54 sets of medals were awarded to athletes that competed in swimming, table-tennis, football and floorball. 22 delegations from 10 regions of Ukraine took part in the Games including athletes from Poland and Kazakhstan totalling more than 250 athletes and dozens of volunteers. Hosted by Special Olympics Lviv Region the Games were co-organized with the public youth organisation NGO SAMI and supported by the Lviv City & Regional Councils, Lviv Regional State Administration and Lviv State University of Physical Culture, which provided student volunteers. The success of these first Games hosted by Lviv leads the way for next year’s II SO Open Games to be held in May 2015 in West Ukraine.

About Andriy Porodko​:I am with Special Olympics Ukraine.
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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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