Floorball originates from Sweden and is known for being the fastest indoor sport in the world. It resembles an indoor version of ice hockey. This is because of the boarding surrounding the field, the goals behind which you’re allowed to play and the physical nature of the game. You play floorball with indoor shoes, lightweight sticks and a light ball with holes. Floorball is a relatively new sport, which gained in popularity in short time throughout Europe and the rest of the world. In the Netherlands there are around a 1000 people playing floorball right now. There exist three variations of floorball:
- Big field: A team consists of five men or women and a goalkeeper. The field is roughly the size of a futsal field.
- Small field with a goalkeeper (commonly known as ‘Swiss’): A team consists of three men or women and a goalkeeper. The field is half the size of a big field and the rules are largely alike.
- Small field without a goalkeeper: A team consists of four players (men, women or mixed), without a goalkeeper. The field is half the size of a big field and the rules are slightly adjusted.