Saturday, September 1, 2012

North America Holds the Key!

This outstanding article was posted a week ago in Australia. it has been written by Daniel Clay. It is posted here:

Please visit them and see this material at its source.

Our comment is that Mr. Clay is right on the money here. There is just one thing we would like to emphasize, these numbers are for licensed players and not for the larger bulk of recreational players. Our own estimates is about roughly 5 million possible recreational Floorball players - in USA only, well that is like a smaller European country. Then toss in Canada on top of that. South America too - sure.

We also think that Floorball will become very strong in countries with a strong field hockey presence too - since we say Floorball is both a more modern and a better game... And how many people that live in India we do not even dare to think about...

And yes, these are the future estimates that we earlier claim that both Nike and Adidas (and all their hockey related sub-brands today fully miss out upon) in their own approach to the new future market. What?
Well have you seen a Bauer or a Reebok floorball stick yet,
We may only wonder how their long term product development might look like...

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“Floorball has historically become popular in countries where ice hockey has been played, as for example Sweden, Finland and Czech Republic”, these words are lifted straight from the pages of the IFF’s ownLearn, Start, Play booklet (p.27). But what exactly does this relationship look like and what implications can be drawn from it for the future development of floorball? Let’s have a look at some of the numbers behind this relationship, namely, the number of registered ice hockey players and the number of registered floorball players in the top four floorball countries (Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and Czech Republic).
Below is a table showing these figures for each country as well as the number of registered floorball players expressed as a decimal of the number registered ice hockey players (ie the number of floorball players divided by the number of ice hockey players for a particular country). The countries are ranked in ascending order based on their ‘floorball/hockey decimal’.
CountryRegistered Floorball PlayersRegistered Ice Hockey PlayersFloorball/Hockey Decimal
Czech Republic34 052100 6680.34
Finland46 99165 2510.72
Switzerland27 89826 1661.07
Sweden121 64162 0031.96

(Statistics on registered ice hockey players are taken from the IIHF 2011 Survery of Players and statistics on registered floorball players are taken from the IFF Member Statistics).
As you can see there is quite a significant amount of variation both in terms of player numbers (for both sports) and in terms of the floorball/hockey decimal. Sweden clearly stands out with the highest number of floorball players and the highest floorball/hockey decimal by far. Czech Republic also presents an interesting case as it has the highest number of ice hockey players yet the lowest floorball/hockey decimal.
One thing to keep in mind while looking at these statistics is that floorball is a young sport and is still establishing itself and growing in all of these countries...
........ read the rest of this good story at gongfloorball... ..
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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).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!