Monday 11 April 2016

I = Innebandy in Swedish and floorball in English

Floorball,  is similar to floor hockey, with a plastic whiffle ball used instead of a puck.
It is the most popular indoor sport in Sweden.

In floorball , there are two teams. Each team has five players plus the goalkeeper while on the field. You can use a  substitute for the game that is very intense. You should shoot the ball into the net, just like in hockey.. The team that scores the most goals wins.

It was invented in Sweden in the 1970s, so  is a young sport growing very fast, and today the Swedes are easily the world’s best.
They are several times Worldchampion.

With such dominance, one would think that the pressure on players in the Swedish  floorballs sports system would be enormous, but that isn’t the case.
The goal of the sport system is “young people having something to do in their free time, It's not about being the best in town."
And this thinking is so typical for a Sweden . You do not need to be the best, but DO your best.
Have fun.

More than 22,000 clubs are part of the Swedish Sports Confederation, with total membership numbering more then three million – an incredible number for a country with ten million  people.

This sport is very popular among children.  70% of all players are under the age of 17.
And it is a cheap sport.  Everyone can do it.

So, dear readers, today you have learned a new word:.
Floorball and Innebandy.

Welcome to Sweden!