Wheelchair floorball hockey is a parasport played mainly in Europe and is supported by the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS).
The game is played on a 20x40m enclosed surface with a 50cm boarding surrounding it. Each team is made up of 5 players plus 1 goalkeeper who defends a 1.5 x 1.66m goal. The players use a lightweight floorball stick and a 7cm plastic ball with holes in it. Gameplay is fast and intense as players try to hit the ball into their opponent’s goal.
In the Netherlands the game is played on a small field (26x16m) and more than 350 athletes are currently involved in the sport. In Sweden and the Czech Republic, it is played on a standard floorball field.
The Netherlands, Sweden, and Czech Republic have formed a working group and are in contact with the International Floorball Federation (IFF) to further develop the sport. In addition, the IWAS has spoken out their intentions to adopt floorball as an official parasport.
The Paragames Breda is the biggest tournament in the world for national floorball teams and is played every two years in June. And in Prague every year the Prague Wheel Open is held for club teams to compete.
Wheelchair floorball hockey is a rapidly-developing sport and is played in more and more countries all over the world every year.
Check out this intense sport in the video below:
If you want more information, check out the Dutch Wheelchair Floorball Hockey Team’s Facebook Page. They are happy to help others who want to join or start a team/club of their own, and are interested in hearing from others who already play floorball hockey.
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