Saturday, March 16, 2013

How big is the Floorball business?

Well, some stick producers have earlier not been too willing to release how many sticks they sell. But during the last year we have heard updated numbers from two different and large Finnish stick producers - that both pointed in a slightly higher direction as compared to what we show you below..

So the other way to figure out the market size could be based upon the certification stickers that SP/IFF supply to all tested products. This excludes all cheap and bad stuff. And our recommendation is clear; never buy anything that not has been certified - you might end up with a bad dream..

The IFF just recently released the following numbers of the number of stickers they provide to Floorball companies: Let's quote em...

"The amount of pre-sold marking stickers for total year 2012:
 From the start of the year 2012:
Balls        2.057.889 pcs
Sticks         720.659  pcs
Goals              2.470  pcs
Rinks                  362 pcs
Face masks     1.408  pcs"

We think the number of rinks are surprisingly high since a rink could cost some 9000 US dollars so this is a very good indicator on the growth of the sport - and a rink system normally last for a long time so the need to replace em it is not too frequent in time.. Then face-masks is a bit low - but how many does not use other face-masks, like from hockey or street hockey?
The number of balls hoover around 2 Million and seems to be close to the number released earlier (we did not double-check this) but it is obvious that the market is full of non-certified balls too.

The Stick volume seems to be growing, since last figure was a bit lower. We think however if you include non certified sticks the total number of sticks could be close to a Million.. The numbers released earlier, as we begun this post with... would hint in a higher direction - but we only guess

And you know what - Floorball has not even started yet and we have Millions of schools (almost) to introduce the sport to.

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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!