The floorball season ended in Austria, when Wiener Floorball Verein won the men’s championship and Linz/Rum became the women’s champion.
The men’s teams were playing for the two titles this year: Austrian Championship and International Floorball League. There were seven teams in the Austrian league and the teams that made it to the play-offs were UHC Linz, Hot Shots Innsbruck, KAC Floorball, Wiener Floorball Verein and VSV Unihockey. The play-offs as well as the final were played with best of three system. VSV Unihockey and Wiener Floorball Verein made it to the finals and Wiener Floorball Verein became the champion by winning the third and deciding match 4-3.
In the International Floorball League, there were three teams from Austria and three from Slovenia. FBK Insport Skofja Loka, FBK Polanska Banda, SU Wiener FV and VSV Unihockey made it to the IFL semi-finals which were decided in one match. FBK Insport Škofja Loka and VSV Unihockey made to the final, in which FBK Insport Škofja Loka won 6-4. VSV Unihockey was the runner-up in both Austrian and International league.
There will be some changes for the International Floorball League next season. Three Hungarian teams will join the league in addition to the original six teams, meaning that the International Floorball League will have teams from three different countries.
Four teams played in the Austrian women’s league this season: UHC Linz/Alligator Rum, Team Vienna (Wiener Floorball Verein/FBC Dragons), TVZ Wikings and Hot Shots Innsbruck/VSV Unihockey. After the regular season, the play-offs were played with best of three system. Linz/Rum won 2-0 against Innsbruck/VSV in the semi-final series and Vienna beat the former champion TVZ Wikings. The final was played between Linz/Rum and Vienna. Linz/Rum won the final series 2-1 and it was the first title for the young team. Most of the players have already played together at the U19 WFC in Switzerland last year.
Source and photos: Fabian Grabner/Austrian Floorball Association