Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak many of the national floorball leagues have been effected and also the upcoming IFF Events are continuously evaluated. The IFF is in close contact with the local organisers who are communicating with the various national authorities and the IFF will base the decisions on the information issued by these government agencies. 

Many National Authorities have decided of a maximum number of spectators that are allowed to enter an event and recommended to cancel big events for now. Below you can find an update on the situation based on the information that the IFF has been able to find out from its members. Please note that the situation might change quickly (and that the IFF might not have all the latest information).

Austria

  • All floorball events and leagues are cancelled at least until Easter.

Czech Republic

  • All floorball events and leagues are on hold for now. The Executive Committee of Czech Floorball will discuss further steps this evening (13.3.2020).

Belgium

  • All floorball events and leagues are cancelled at least until the end of March.

Denmark

  • All floorball events and leagues are cancelled at least until the end of March.

Estonia

  • All floorball events and leagues are cancelled for at least two months (decision made on March 11th).

Finland

  • The top leagues are on hold for now (further advice will be given latest 20.3.2020). All other floorball events and leagues are cancelled for this season.

France

  • All floorball events and leagues cancelled until at least May 3rd.

Germany

  • The Final Four event and all leagues have been cancelled.

Italy

  • All floorball events are cancelled until at least April 3rd.

Latvia

  • All floorball events and leagues are cancelled until at least April 14th.

Netherlands

  • All floorball events have been cancelled at least until the end of March.

Norway

  • All floorball events and leagues are cancelled for this season.

Poland

  • All floorball events and leagues have been cancelled at least until the end of March.

Slovakia

  • All floorball events and leagues have been cancelled at least until March 24th.

Spain

  • All floorball events and leagues have been cancelled until at least March 23rd.

Sweden

  • The top leagues will play their last games. The play-offs will be decided tomorrow morning (14.3.) if and how they should be played. Events can only have a maximum of 500 in attendance.

Switzerland

  • All floorball leagues and events are cancelled for this season.

 

IFF Events

Since January 2020, COVID-19 has had an impact on the IFF Events and the IFF Executive Committee had to cancel the Men’s World Floorball Championships Qualification tournament in Bangkok, Thailand, based on the fact that Thailand was not in a position to organise the event. Read more here.

Concerning the U19 World Floorball Championships in Uppsala, Sweden, the Swedish Floorball Federation board met this morning and have decided to continue monitoring the situation and follow the orders of the government and health authorities.

The IFF President, IFF Secretary General and Swedish federation Secretary General have also today discussed the situation in regards to the Women’s U19 WFC 2020. The Swedish federation are still ready to organise and host the event, and at this stage are following the guidelines of the Swedish government and health authorities. The IFF does not expect any further decisions to be taken until after 23rd March, but will publish information of any changes that do occur.

 

Basic protective measures against the coronavirus

The IFF closely follows the recommendations made by The World Health Organization (WHO). The IFF Medical Committee also recommends to follow the basic WHO guidelines:

  • Wash your hands frequently
    Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain social distancing
    Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Practice respiratory hygiene
    Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
    Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

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