IFF & Floorball History in Short
Some roots of floorball have been found as far back as from 1958 when an industry in Minneapolis, USA introduced plastic sticks under the name Cosom. Cosom floor hockey was played in the USA and Canada. In the 1970’s the floorball sport we play today was developed in Sweden and in 1986 the International Floorball Federation was founded by the Swedish, Finnish and Swiss Floorball Associations
The International Floorball Federation was founded 12th of April in Huskvarna, Sweden, by the Floorball associations of Finland, Sweden and Switzerland.
Denmark and Norway joined the IFF family.
The first official IFF Congress was held in Zurich, Switzerland. The first IFF rubebook was approved. Hungary joined the IFF family.
The first European Cup was played in Helsinki for Women and in Stockholm for Men. Czech Republic and Russia joined the IFF family.
The first European Championships for Men was played in Finland. Estonia, Germany, Japan, Latvia and USA joined the IFF family.
The first European Championships for Women and the second for Men were played in Switzerland. To give Japan the possibility to take part IFF decided that the tournaments should be played as an Open European Championships. Belgium and Singapore joined the IFF family.
The first World Championships for Men was played in Sweden.The final was sold out -15.106 spectators in the Stockholm Globe Arena. Australia joined the IFF family.
The first World Championships for Women was played in Åland, Finland and the first Presidents’ Meeting was held in connection with this. Austria, Great Britain and Poland joined the IFF family.
Brazil, the Netherlands and Slovakia joined the IFF family.
IFF gained provisional membership of GAISF (General Association of International Sports Federations).
The first World Championships for Men U19 was played in Germany. Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Canada and New Zealand joined the IFF family.
The first World University Championships in floorball was played in Sweden.
Malaysia, India and Georgia joined the IFF family.
IFF applied for IOC recognition and signed the World Anti-Doping Code. France joined the IFF family.
Pakistan joined the IFF family. IFF gained ordinary membership of GAISF on the 20th of May. The first World Championships for Women U19 was played in Finland.
The Asia Oceania Floorball Confederation was established in Singapore. Korea, Ukraine, Liechtenstein and Iceland joined the IFF family.
Mongolia and Armenia joined the IFF family.
Moldova, Ireland, Israel, Serbia, Argentina, Thailand and Portugal joined the IFF family.
Turkey, Romania and Sierra Leone joined the IFF family. IFF received provisional IOC recognition on the 11th of December.
Belarus, Iran and Indonesia joined the IFF family
Lithuania joined the IFF family
Philippines and Jamaica joined the IFF family. IFF received the full IOC recognition on July 8th.
Mozambique joined the IFF family
IFF accepted as a member of the International World Games Association. South Africa and Cameroon joined the IFF family
Malta and Cote d´Ivoire joined the IFF family
Uganda, Haiti, China, Somalia and Hong Kong joined the IFF family
Floorball as an official sport in the World Games (Wroclaw, Poland) and in the Special Olympics World Winter Games (Austria) for the first time. Venezuela, Kenya and Nigeria joined the IFF family.
Burkina Faso, Croatia and Rwanda joined the IFF family.
IFF signs the UN Sports for Climate Action. A new Women’s WFC total attendance record was reached (44,513). Central African Republic, Kiribati, Kuwait and Togo joined the IFF family.
IFF General Assembly approved the IFF Strategy for 2021-2032 “Strengthening the Foundations”. The first World Virtual Freestyle Floorball Cup was played.
Columbia joined the IFF family
Floorball as an official sport in The World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Kazakhstan and Chinese Macau joined the IFF.
Mexico joined the IFF family
Order of foundation
7th of November: Sweden
27th of December: Japan
20th of April: Switzerland
23rd of September: Finland
25th of June: Liechtenstein*
27th of May: Denmark
25th of May: Norway
10th of January: Russia
14th of January: Czech Republic
13th of June: Germany
5th of May: USA
27th of November: Estonia
11th of December: Latvia
25th of February: Poland
1st of April: Belgium
26th of November: Great Britain***
28th of January: Austria
20th of September: Australia
11th of July: Hungary**
2nd of July: Brazil
4th of September: Spain
December: The Netherlands
31st of December: Slovakia
10th of March: Armenia
11th of December: Italy
17th of December: Slovenia
21st of July: New Zealand
1st of August: Malaysia
21st of September: India
1st of April: Georgia
10th of August: France
22nd of May: Pakistan
21st of February: Ukraine
22nd of May: Korea
1st of September: Mongolia
1st of March: Moldova
4th of March: Ireland
5th of May: Israel
28th of September: Serbia
20th of November: Argentina
December: Thailand, Portugal
December: Sierra Leone
May: Great Britain ***
December: Iran, Indonesia, New Zealand ***
October: Ireland ***
South Africa, Cameroon, Great Britain ***, Russia ***
Cote d´Ivoire, Haiti
Malta, Pakistan ***, Uganda
June: Central African Republic, Togo
November: Burkina Faso
February: Kiribati, Kuwait
September: Kazakhstan, Chinese Macau
* Liechtenstein was founded as the single Club UHC Schaan
**Hungary was reorganized into a new Association 1997
***Great Britain (2009), Ireland (2010), New Zealand (2013), Russia (2013), and Pakistan (2015) were reorganised into a new Association.
1986 – 1992 : András Czitrom, Sweden
1992 – 1996 : Pekka Mukkala, Finland
1996 – (present) : Tomas Eriksson, Sweden