A lot has happened since the International Floorball Day 2021. Now we look at some highlights from 2021 and what we are looking forward this year.
2021 was still not a normal year due to pandemic but it also offered us some special moments. Four World Floorball Championships took place in 2021. First, the Men’s U19 WFC in Brno, Czech Republic, followed by Women’s U19 WFC in Uppsala, Sweden. Czech Republic defended their title from Halifax and won their second consecutive WFC gold medal in front of their home crowd. In Uppsala, Finland won their second WU19 gold. Due to pandemic, Women’s U19 WFC was played with nine teams. In the Men’s U19 WFC, Belgium made their first appearance in the WFC final round and finished 13th.
Around two months later, Sweden and Uppsala hosted the 13th Women’s WFC. The Men’s WFC took place in Helsinki, Finland after one year postponement. The events were held back-to-back, and the Women’s final weekend took place at the same time as the Men’s opening weekend. Sweden won both Adult’s WFCs, Finland finishing second. Czech Republic won their third bronze medal at WFC 2020, their latest third place medal was from 2014.
To celebrate IFF’s 35th birthday, the IFF Hall of Fame (HoF) was launched. A total of 18 former players and contributors were awarded during Women’s and Men’s WFCs. You can find all members of the IFF HoF here.
Colombian Floorball Association was approved the provisional member number 75 during the IFF Central Board (CB) meeting in September. Two new provisional members were approved by the IFF CB in March: National Floorball Federation of Kazakhstan and Macau China Floorball General Association. This means that we celebrate the International Floorball Day 2022 with 77 Member Associations.
We have also many events we are looking forward this year. The World Games in Birmingham, Alabama is waiting in July. Floorball will be included in the official sport programme for the second time. The 14th Men’s World Floorball Championships will be organised in a different time than normally, beginning on 5th November. The event is organised in two cities in Switzerland, Zurich and Winterthur.
The 12th of April was declared as the International Floorball Day as a part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the IFF in 2016.