International Floorball

Floorball’s international umbrella organisation is the International Floorball Federation (IFF), founded on April 12, 1986.

The founding members countries were Sweden, Finland and Switzerland.
There are over 150 000 floorball players who take part in international competitions and more than one million players overall.

At present, there are 26 member nations in the IFF:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and USA.

The decision-making body of the IFF is the nine-member Executive Board. Responsibilities are divided amongst several committees. One ongoing important IFF project includes the acquisition of coaching knowledge and material and its transference to new member countries. Finland has lent particularly strong support to the floorball federations in the Baltic countries and Australia.

The men’s first international game was played in Sollentuna, Sweden on August 29, 1985. The women’s first international game, between Sweden and Norway, took place in Örebro, Sweden on May 8, 1993. The first official international games for junior men under nineteen were played in Helsinki, Finland on November 8-10, 1996 between Finland, Sweden and Switzerland.

The men’s European Championships commenced in Helsinki in the spring of 1994. In the following year, the European Championships were organised in Switzerland at which time women also participated. The first World Championships were played in Sweden in the spring of 1996. The final between Sweden and Finland attracted 15 106 spectators to the Globe Arena in Stockholm.

The women’s first World Championships were played in the Åland Islands on May 3-10, 1997. 1999 Finnish women gained World Champion title in Borlänge, Sweden. Hereafter, the World Championships are organised in alternate years for men and women.

Floorball was an exhibition sport at the World Games in Lahti on August 14-17, 1997. The International Floorball Federation is currently applying for membership in the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).

2002 Mens World Championships were held in Finland. The Australian Mens Floorball Team competed in the in B Division. After losing only 1 game in the championships, Australia finished in 9th place in B Division and finished with a World Ranking of 17th.

The 2004 World Championships will be reduced to only 20 Countries and Australia has already qualified by finishing inside the top 20.

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