Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Our hat off for Korea

The IFF just reported upon the number of increase in licensed players within Floorball. This years world Champions (according to us here) is Korea. This since they in one year have advanced their numbers of players from 300 to well above 1200. That is an increase with plus 400%. I know Korea have seen Floorball on main TV shows, so there is no doubt on how important that may be.
But Korea does not stop here. Here is another news report from the IFF on the current development in Korea.
http://www.floorball.org/news.asp?id_tiedote=2260
So Floorball in Asia is about to explode.
Did you by the way know that Korea together with Finland is rated to have the worlds most efficient school system? Yeah, and more Floorball in the two best performing school systems in the world - may be rather good for all the worlds Floorballplayers, in particular if other school systems discover what is going on.
Yes, it is also in Korea that the first demonstration game for Floorball at the World Games - Special Olympics - will take place, in 2013.

Other comments upon the player development might be formulated as follows. Per no doubt Slovakia is exploding to become the next big powerhouse in Europe. Russia is also impressive. I think the expansion in Germany looks weak according to what I hoped for. But in the reality I do think I see much more activity online from Germany.

It looks like Canada started to report accurate numbers in 2010 and the growth to 2011 is staggering. So I am certain that their numbers will continue to grow very very strong. Canada is in percent one of the largest growing countries in-between 2010 and 2011 on this list.
http://www.floorball.org/default.asp?sivu=2&alasivu=205&kieli=826

Malaysia, Pakistan, Georgia and USA all end up in the bad "shame on you" group together with a few others, smaller nations, - not being able to report their number of licensed players for consecutive years.

MB
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