The IFF Central Board (CB) had a hybrid meeting on Sunday, 14th November 2021 in Helsinki, Finland to discuss and decide upon various topics. The main focus was on the IFF Events and the preparation for the Extraordinary General Assembly in December 2021.
Women’s WFC 2021, Uppsala, Sweden – played from 27th November to 5th December 2021
The local organising committee (LOC) is monitoring the Covid-19 situation together with IFF on a continuous basis and all needed documents have been prepared. From the team delegations there are only 15 unvaccinated players/team officials who will need to undergo testing during the event. All matches and trainings under one roof. To minimise the spreading of the Covid-19 virus only a limited number of people will have access to the Field of Play and Team Areas. The Covid protocols for the event have been finalised by the IFF and the LOC, taking into consideration that most Covid-19 regulations in Sweden have been removed.
The final has been sold out for regular tribune tickets, but there are some hospitality tickets still left.
There are seven TV stations currently signed to be broadcasting from the event. Further negotiations are ongoing.
Men’s WFC 2020, Helsinki Finland – played from 3rd to 11th of December 2021
The LOC is monitoring the Covid-19 situation together with IFF and the LOC has decided that all volunteers and Staff need to be fully vaccinated. Also the teams need to be fully vaccinated, if not they have to undergo a PCR test every 72 hours. All team members and Officials will be antigen tested before the first official training at the venue. There are no restrictions on spectator capacity at the moment (No Covid-19 passport in use). Masks will be recommended for everybody and required from volunteers, staff, and teams at the venues.
The ticket sales is still quite slow, but for the final weekend more than two thirds of the budgeted tickets have already been sold. Some tickets sales have been done from foreign countries such as Switzerland (777), Sweden (345), Germany (151), Norway (153) and Czech Republic (38). Furthermore, there is the plan to have over 6.000 school kids attending the matches.
There are seven TV stations currently signed to be broadcasting from the event and further negotiations are ongoing.
Champions Cup 2022
The Champions Cup 2022 will be played in Winterthur, Switzerland 15th – 16th January 2022. The ticket presale has started on the 10th of November.
The event will use the same protocols for participation as those which are required for entry to Switzerland from the participating countries – certificate of vaccinate, certificate of recovery, or negative PCR test result.
IFF Extraordinary General Assembly and Association meeting 2021
The CB has in previously held meetings decided to call for the Extraordinary General Assembly 2021, in accordance with the IFF Statutes Article 26 to discuss the confirmation of the continued testing of the Future of Floorball concept during the season 2021-2022, due to lack of IFF Events so far. The other topics for the Extraordinary General Assembly are the needed decisions regarding the Euro Floorball Championships concept, where the IFF will organise a Consultative meeting for the European associations on the 12th of December between 09:30-11:30 in Helsinki.
In addition, the IFF RACC brought a proposal to the CB that the IFF CB will propose to the Extraordinary General Assembly to introduce the new Game Rules edition 2022 already from the 1st of February for all IFF events and Friendly Internationals. For the WFCQ this would assist with the testing of the Future of Floorball concept and for Friendly Internationals allow them to be played with the same rules that will be used in the other major IFF events in 2022. The early introduction would only apply to IFF events and Friendly Internationals, and the full implementation would occur as normal on 1st July. This also means that the teams will be familiar with the new rules in the World Games 2022, which will be played in the beginning of July 2022.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic IFF is also forced to change the rules for the qualification of the best AOFC team for The World Games, as Australia and Japan are not able to participate in the WFC 2020.
The Extraordinary General Assembly will be held on Saturday the 11th of December at 12:00 in Helsinki, Finland, as a continuation of the IFF Associations meeting 2nd Day. It will be possible to participate also virtually for the meeting.
The FISU World University Cup in Floorball will be organised in June 2022 in Liberec in Czech Republic. The event is organised by FISU and the Czech University Sport and there is a cooperation with the Czech Floorball on the technical level.
The main issue is that the LOC has not been able to find Universities to participate in the event and it seems that they have not been in direct contact with the universities, but trying to go through the IFF member associations. The IFF CB felt that the IFF needs to explain to the players that they can go to the University teams, as the price is not that high. The CB also deciced that the IFF ATC should spread the message of the event among the Floorball players.
The minutes from the CB meeting will soon be published here.