The Rules of Floorball – EXPLAINED!


Ninh explains, the Rules of Floorball
The object of the game is to score more goals than the other team. Floorball, sometimes referred to as Unihockey,
Salibandy or Innebandy is a popular version of hockey in Europe and Asia. Teams consist of five outfield players and
a goalkeeper. The stick resembles an ice hockey stick and
the ball is a perforated ball made of plastic. You are eligible to use both sides of the
stick to pass and shoot the ball. The floor is generally a maximum of 40m x
20m, with goals 160cm wide and 115cm high. The game starts with a faceoff. Once a team has possession of the ball, they
will try to shoot the ball into the goal. To move the ball, you can pass the ball to
a teammate. Or run and control the ball with both sides
of the stick. The defending team will try and take the ball
away from you. Just like field hockey, they are allowed to
make light contact with the ball carrier, but ice hockey style checking is not allowed. Also a player cannot lift the stick of another
player. Unique to Floorball, when playing the ball
– the blade of the stick must not be played above waist height and the ball must not be
played above knee height. Similar to Bandy, the goalkeeper does not
have a stick. He is the only player who is eligible to catch
and throw the ball, but must not handle the ball outside his own goal area. Once a team scores a goal, the ball is then
faced off at the centre spot and the process starts all over again. The game is played in 3 x 20 minute periods,
for a total playing time of 60 minutes. Junior matches are played in 3 x 15 minute
periods. Highest score at the end of time, wins. That’s basically the gist of it, but there’s
a few other things that you need to know before playing or watching Floorball. For example. Substitution. A team can substitute as many players as they
like and at any time. To do this, the player coming off must be
out of the substitution area first before the new player can come on. The goalkeeper can also be substituted for
an attacking player, but this leaves the goal undefended. Free hit. If you break one of the rules that regards
to the stick, or if a ball is deemed unplayable, a free hit may be awarded. The non-offending team can take a free hit
from the spot of the foul. Penalties. If you break one of the rules, a penalty may
be awarded. Just like ice hockey, the penalised player
must serve time in the penalty seat, and the offending team is required to play shorthanded
for a specific amount of time. Minor infractions, such as these incur a two
minute penalty and Major infractions incur a 5 minute penalty. All penalties must be served in full, so the
offending team must play shorthanded until the time of the penalty expires. Time Out
Each team is allowed 1 x 30 second time out to take a break or discuss strategy. Timeouts are usually used towards the end
of the game. Extra Time
If scores are tied after regulation time, an additional 10 minute period will be played
to determine the winner. The team that scores the next goal first … wins. Penalty Shootout
If scores are still tied after extra time, a penalty shootout may be used to determine
the winner. Just like ice hockey, field hockey and bandy,
a player can move the ball towards the goal and try and score one on one against the goalkeeper. The best of 5 shots per team, wins the contest. It might be helpful to check out my videos
on the other versions of hockey, to get a solid grounding of the rules, and to understand
the differences between the sports. If you have found this video at all helpful,
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enjoy Floorball. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

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