Friday, December 9, 2011

WFC 2011, are Sweden on another planet?

30-0, 23-0, 15-1 and 19-0
The Swedish champions have proved daunting strength at the World Championships floorball. Iin their first two group matches against USA (30-0) and Japan (23-0). One of the founders of floorball, Andras Czitrom raised the question, should we return to the old system of A and B division with 10 teams. In order not to experience the this heavy results. (You can go to the wall of AC, and read the whole discussion).

This I do not think, 16 teams for the World Cup is a good set up, this also because it means that far fewer teams are qualified to be the next World cahampionship. In the old system there was only one relegated from A to B division, and few teams went out, and had to qualify.

New system
With the new system, then it means that only 5 countries are ready for the next World championship, the rest go out and play qualifier matches.In Europe this means a large number of equal matches towards the next World championship in 2 years. It is only good for the development of floorball..

Power Swedes
The Swedes have after the first two great victories, followed by 15-1 over Denmark, much anticipated, but it was 19-0 victory over Norway not. The Norwegian girls is a strong bid for a 5.plads, and getting such a defeat, it puts the Swedish strength in perspective!

Who can challenge?
The three other powerful nations, Finland, Switzerland and Czech Republic have equally won clear victories, but not at the same level as the sovereign Swedes. So to return to Andras Czitroms questions about the old A and B league system was better? We must recognize the Swedes they are alone at a level that nobody can follow, and it is not easy to see any who can challenge Sweden to miss the third World Championship gold in a row.

It would just be Switzerland with their shortpassing style and a very experienced Mirca Anderegg in the squad who can tease Swedes.
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