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Floorball Lead
Austria`s Patrik Pichler, center, fights for the ball with Switzerland`s Adrian Wetzel, left, during the final match at the floorball of the 2013 PyeongChang Special Olympics World Winter Games in Gangneung, Gangwon province, S. Korea on the third day of the competition, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. (Manchul Kim/AP Images for Special Olympics)

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.

Versatile Indoor Team Sport

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.

Athlete attempting to make a goal while his opponent blocks; the goalie and another player watch.

Floorball Coaching Resources

Coaching guide, rules and other materials for coaches.

Additional Coaching Resources

General Coaching Information

How to become an excellent Special Olympics coach: videos, brochures and more covering coaching basics

General Sport Resources

Basic resources and information Special Olympics coaches need to be successful, including Sports Article 1, rules, fact sheets, materials on CD and DVD, quizzes and event-management guides.

All Sport Resources

Get rules, fact sheets, coaching guides, quizzes broken out for each sport, plus comprehensive information on coach development, athlete development and Unified Sports.