The International Floorball Federation held its General Assembly in Prague, Czech Republic on the 13th of December 2008 during the Men´s 7th World Floorball Championships 2008.
The IFF’s main achievements in 2006-2008 were presented. During the period between the General Assemblies, the IFF continued to concentrate on the three main fields; the Political work, the Development work and Marketing.
The re-elected IFF President, Mr. Tomas Eriksson, had the pleasure to announce that the important political milestone, the recognition of the International Olympic Committee, was reached on the 11th of December 2008. The IFF also has continued to develop and spread Floorball through the 11 Development Programs organised in different parts of the world and with the material support provided to new countries.
Marketing wise the IFF has improved its events by having the same look and feel in all its Championships and there has also been an increase in the amount of Media interest towards the sport as more Floorball matches are being televised.
The General Assembly concentrated to discuss IFF’s Strategic Vision for the upcoming years. The IFF GA approved the IFF Strategic Vision for 2009 to 2020 in which the IFF describes why it exists, what it believes in, where it wants to be in the future and how it is going to get there. The purpose of this process, the chosen strategy and the vision and mission of IFF is defined as: “the direction and development of Floorball worldwide during the coming decade”. The concrete measures for reaching the visions and missions were presented in the Plan of Action for the years 2009-2010.
Also the new License system for participating in the IFF Major Events and the new WADA approved IFF Anti-doping Regulation were approved by the IFF General Assembly.
In addition there were elections during the IFF GA as the IFF President and the six Central Board (CB) members were elected for the term of two years.
The General Assembly re-elected Mr. Tomas Eriksson as president for IFF for 2008 – 2010. The new IFF Central Board was also elected:
Mr. Hans Botman, Netherlands (new)
Mr. Per Jansson, Sweden
Mr. Risto Kauppinen, Finland
Mr. Stephen King, Australia (new)
Mr. Renato Orlando, Switzerland
Mr. Filip Suman, Czech Republic
The General Assembly admitted new Ordinary Members as Altogether seven Provisional Member Associations; France, Korea, Lichtenstein, Georgia, Iceland, Pakistan and Slovenia were approved as Ordinary Members and the IFF now exists of 32 Ordinary and 16 Provisional Members.