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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


February 17, 2015 | North America: Jamaica

Jamaica Unified Floorball on Show

By Victor L Brown SOJ Floorball Coordinator

European Selects and Maroons Unified FC

On February 7, 2015 Special Olympics Jamaica held a Unified Sports Day under which our Maroons Floorball programme was given the opportunity to show onlookers what the Sport is all about at high skill level.View Story On February 7, 2015 Special Olympics Jamaica held a Unified Sports Day under which our Maroons Floorball programme was given the opportunity to show onlookers what the Sport is all about at high skill level. Thanks to the Jamaica Floorball Association who had arranged for some European resources to come to Jamaica (for six months) on a bilingual exchange programme which included coaching Floorball in schools and to the existing clubs, we have been able to take advantage of having these resources readily available and have taken very opportunity to work with them. “This interaction is in-keeping with the SO thrust for Inclusion in Sports and through the Maroons we also meet the Unified Sports thrust.” The match on February 7th was very entertaining, with the Maroons jumping into a 2 nil lead by mid-way in the first period. The Europeans came back with a goal before the end of the period. After some stubborn resistance from the Maroons, the Europeans netted twice in the second period and finished off the match with three more goals in the third. “These match interactions, regardless of the results, serve to provide focus training points to address the shortfalls in team and individual court play and overall skills. At the end of every interaction (regular training or match), the coaching team comes together to analyse what took place and design specific drills for the next training session. It is important that this coaching activity takes place so that the slow uphill skills enhancement journey can be well organized and the appropriate thinking can go into our training plans.” We take this opportunity to thank our European friends for becoming a part of the Global Inclusion Thrust and for sharing with us their skills. We look forward to Floorball being an official Sport at the 2017 Winter Games and are preparing athletes to play the traditional SO three-on-three version of the Sport

About Victor L Brown SOJ Floorball Coordinator:I've been coordinating Special Olympics Jamaica Floorball since 2011
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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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