Sunday, December 4, 2011

DANISH DYNAMITE


Re-posted from Mr. Houmans own blog - a very well worth read


Floorball for all, please



Today starts the WFC in foorball, where the top 16 nations in the world will compete for World Championship medals. But there is not only medals at stake, or rather the medals are only to be sorted out between 4 nations, the others must fight for the secondary positions, and then see if they have come closer to the top 4

The big four
The 4 major nations in floorball are Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and Czech Republic. The 4 nations have at the previous 7 World Championships, snatched a total of 19 of total 21 medals! Norway has been the one to break the dominance with 2 bronze medals in 2001 and 1997.

Dominant
But the 4 nations is also totally dominant, because if we look at the number of players around the world, then comes 81% from these 4 countries.
Therefore, you can look through this list below and see how many players are there in each country and how many players have come to the country in 10 years.
If floorball wants to be at the Olympics program, it requires 2 very basic things.

1) Floorball is to grow in size
2) Floorball for all

The last is believed that each country must be far better to have floorball for all. This means that the individual clubs, are to start up with youth, it is no use it is a bunch of Swedes and Finns running around abroad and enjoy themselves a little. This little caricatured, but that the last 10 years, the top 16 nations haven’t growth more, may worry when everyone has the ambition to get on the Olympic program.

Floorball for all
But floorball for all, also means that floorball not only be played by children and adults, no floorball is ideal for the disabled.
Down in Switzerland, there will be played an exhibition match in one semifinal. It will be between Switzerland and Austria, and played in Special Olympic (SO) style. SO is the intellectual disabilities, and they have their own Olympics, it is run in 2013 out in South Korea, where it actually is happened floorball to join as a demonstration sport.

Special Olympic
IFF will during their President meeting at the WFC, meets with head of Special Olympics mr. Colin Todd, who will report on floorball in SO, and to encourage more countries to take floorball in SO reign .
So begins floorball, to be floorball for all, and the IFF, this is one of many must-be to highlight the sport compared to the IOC that floorball is a sport that is worth betting on.
But it requires floorball for all, and it requires that floorball is growing in size worldwide.

More players please
While there are many nations that works quite elitist, there should instead be far more countries who are using resources to grow, the number of players, also says something about your chances for a World Cup!

players 2011
players 2001
Schwitzerland
28.000
23.000
Russia
2.400
800
Poland
1.840
480
Holland
999
276


Players 2011
Players 2001
Finland
47.000
31.000
Latvia
2.458
1.120
Germany
8.280
1.980
Australia
1.965
400


Players 2011
Players 2001
Czech republic
34.000
16.284
Norway
6.432
4.865
Hungary
1.500
286
Slovakia
3.880
400


Players 2011
Players 2001
Sweden
121.000
118.000
Denmark
6.007
2.177
USA
800
325
Japan
320
432


A simple message, keep as many players for as long time as possible, and you will se growth.

High rate?
The percentage rate, is for many nations quite good, but if you look closely at the numbers, so take Slovakia, who has almost 10-fold increase in the number of players at 10 years, so it’s actually just an average 340 players a year more! Or if we say there are 20 players to a team, it’s 17 new teams that have come to this spread of existing clubs and new clubs.
But let us rejoice in the growth, but hope that there will be many more players in each nations.

Way to go
The Czech Republic is super story in this context. Denmark played them at the WFC quarter-final in 1996, and the game went into extra time. Back then, both countries have approximately equal numbers of players, the Czechs a few hundred more, but developments in the hockey happy nation has been explosive, compared with the Danish.

Future
So the for the sake of floorballs, help with the development of sport, get youth to start up and spread the joyful message of floorball, floorball for all
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
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