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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.


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

marzo 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Czech Republic

Unified Floorball Demo teaches a Valuable Lesson

By Merita Bruun

Special Olympics Czech Republic Unified Floorball teams Benesov and Sedlec compete a demo match at the IFF Women's World Floorball Championships.

1:0 was the final score of an exciting Special Olympics Unified Floorball demonstration game at the International Floorball Federation World’s Women Championships in the Czech Republic.View Story 1:0 was the final score of the exciting Special Olympics Unified Floorball demonstration game which took place during the International Floorball Federation World’s Women Championships in Brno Arena in the Czech Republic on December 8th. This was the first time for a Unified Floorball match to be played in Brno and the spectators were not disappointed with the competitive spirit and fair play between the two teams Benesov and Sedlec. Both teams are trained under Head Coach Stanislav Urban. “We are thrilled to showcase the talents and skills of Special Olympics athletes during one of the top events on of the year on the world floorball calendar” said Merita Braun, Information and Anti-doping Manager at the International Floorball Federation. “In such tense situations like a World Championship where there is a lot at stake, Special Olympics athletes remind us of the joy in game of floorball and the friendships to be made.”

About Merita Bruun:I am Information and Anti-doping Manager for the International Floorball Federation.
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agosto 06, 2013 | Latin America: Panamá

Pesé and Chitré Qualify for Unified Football Cup

By Maryorie Patiño

Dos de las cuatro posiciones de los cuartos de final del II Torneo de fútbol Unificado, Copa Digicel ya están ocupados por los equipos de Pesé y Chitré...View Story Dos de las cuatro posiciones de los cuartos de final del II Torneo de fútbol Unificado, Copa Digicel ya están ocupados por los equipos de Pesé y Chitré, quienes ocuparon las dos primera posiciones de la Eliminatoria de la Zona B (equipos del interior), durante la jornada de juegos que re realizaron este 3 y 4 de agosto en Penonomé. Tanto Pesé como Chitré cerraron sus marcadores con ocho puntos cada uno, sin embargo debido a la diferencia de goles, Pesé se llevó a casa medalla de oro y Chitré medalla de plata. Pesé logró anotar 13 goles en las dos jornadas y Chitré anotó 7. La medalla de bronce le tocó a Chiriquí y las las cintas de cuarto y quinto lugar se entregaron a Veraguas y Coclé respectivamente. Los dos equipos clasificados volverán a encontrarse el 31 de agosto con los dos equipos que clasifiquen en la Eliminatoria de la Zona A (equipos de la capital) para competir por la Copa Digicel.

About Maryorie Patiño:Directora de conocimiento público de Olimpiadas Especiales Panamá
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The 2013 Games featured world-class competition in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding and speedskating, among other sports in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. See results by delegation, athlete and bib number.

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