Monday, December 17, 2012

Our own serious analysis of the big final

Ha, we do think that the World Floorball Championships final between Sweden and Finland was something of the best we have seen. And the second period is probably the most advanced Floorball ever played by any team, as Sweden then fully picked Finland apart.
We have already read several in depth views upon the final (that Sweden won overwhelmingly with 11-5 over Finland) and we will not dwell into too much details but we want to make 2 main comments and emphasis one dimension.

First comment - The Slot
- Normally as we tell kids to play sports where you have a goal you often try to ask them to find a good place in the "slot", and preferably in more of the center of the slot before they shoot, the general recommendation is not to go too much to the side or  "wings' since it is easier for the keeper to block a larger part of the net.
Well, in the WFC final we noted that several of the goals that Sweden scored came from the outer edges and almost outside of the slot... hm we find that interesting and if someone has a comment feel free to dwell into it..

The emphasis,
...was first spelled out by Mr. Houman in Denmark, as he stated that the shooting efficiency from the final was rather different with Finland taking more shoots as Sweden did - Or Sweden scored much more consistently on the shots they took. The conclusion is perhaps that the Swedes did not shoot until they had a better opportunity to do so?

Second comment - The Play-up attack
-  We saw more plays up in the court from the Finns in the middle of the court as compared to the Swedes that tried to play up more just next to the boards on the outer wings. OK we did not count this but we have a feeling of seeing this.. So what is the difference? We are not sure but most likely you have some extra kind of security by playing up next to the boards since the board will help the ball more to stay in line with the attack.
And if you have a steal by the other team, then their counter attack is more prone to only go away from the board, and that is mainly one general direction, whereas a turn-over in the center leaves the other team to play in two directions for their own counter attack - something that could turn much more dangerous for the defending team. So to us here suddenly the boards came into play as a vital part of the strategic game too. Do you agree?

Then on top of all this there was this deep discussion if the coach Vaara in Sweden and his ideas of to much plays, defender style from the SSL, was right or not - well we do not want to get into that discussion.

But we want to point this out too...
What is he doing? Picking the other guys nose? In the final - we do not know..

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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!