For the first time ever there is now a women’s national team in Iceland. Back in May the selected players got together for the first training camp at Mälarenergi Arena in Västerås, Sweden.
So far only the men’s national team has represented Iceland on the international stage. But now there is also a national team on the women’s side who might change this in the near future.
— We wanted to try to make a national team like the men’s because we want girls that are starting here to have something to look forward to if we can make this national team happen. Our plans for the future are for us to try to get enough of players to take part in big competitions and play games as a country. We are still trying to put everything together but hopefully we can take part in oncoming competitions and play against other countries, says Katrín M. Haig Konráðsdóttir, player of the national team who represents HK in Iceland.
The new national team mostly consists of players who play for the club team HK in Iceland. Only Hildigunnur Sigurðardóttir plays for Icelandic Samherji. But there are few names who are representing club teams in Sweden: Maja Elmarsdóttir (Rönnby Västerås IBK Ungdom), Ylfa Eir Gudnadóttir (Wårgårda IBK), Edda Gudnadóttir (Växjö Vipers) and Lisa Katla Stellansdóttir (IBK Lund).
The team is coached by Andy Nilsson who plays for the Icelandic men’s national team. Nilsson is from Malmö, Sweden and currently plays for HK. Atli Hannesson is also part of the coaching staff. Like Nilsson, Hannesson has also represented the Icelandic national team and plays for HK. Magnus Rönnlund completes the coaching staff and is the physiotherapist for both national teams.
The next Women’s World Floorball Championships will be held in Brno and Ostrava, Czech Republic in 2025. Could the qualifications be a feasible goal for the Icelandic women’s team? That remains to be seen.