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Dr Kluger, a Floorball expert in Finland, points out the differences between Team USA and Team Canada for the World Floorball Championships.
He say that the Canadian Team mainly consist of players living in Canada with only a few extra players brought on to the team - using Canadian passports but they live and play in Europe. Team USA on the other hand is mainly based upon players with US passports living and playing Floorball in Europe - and only a few players are Floorball players living in the USA on a more permanent basis.
Of course Dr Kluger is right - but we also have heard voices about this from both the UK and France about the mix of players too - involving players with French or UK passports - but not spending too much time in their own country - but still representing a "passport country". And to some people this is a sensitive matter since the subject of national pride might be a big one (for some).
From the perspective of Floorball without borders - this is a matter with no sense at all - as the best players must be eligible to play in a World Floorball Championship. Point is Passport rules only..
But there is also a reality behind the differences between USA and Canada. In Canada Floorball has fast grown strong and parts of this strength come from what many individuals have done - but also through commitment by Hockey Canada to use Floorball for dry-land training as well as through governmental support. All this has created a culture in Canada that involves good quality Floorball players at a fairly decent level at several places and in schools. Canada is just way ahead of the US in this sense.
USA is not there yet. The Floorball operation is still mainly based around foreigners living in the states.
The USA Hockey operation has yet to take the progressive steps as seen in Canada and Floorball in USA schools is still utterly rare. Governmental support is to date unheard of and... What the Dallas Stars now do as well as what the Gretzky Hockey School has in their pipeline might change this in the right direction. But this will take some time as it looks right now.
For now Team USA must rely on a bulk of "European players" - still they are "US passport citizens" - that do know how to play top notch Floorball - to create the very best US team.
We here at Floorballcentral do not think this will hamper the attempts to build good Floorball in the USA - as it will all work as a promotional thing. And USA Floorball needs all the promotions it can get right now.
But heck, yes with some better governmental support, better support from closely related sports like hockey (as we see in Canada) from field Hockey, from the US Olympic organisation, from the Department of Education or why not from Special Olympics or Pickleball...etcetera. The United States will be able to build their own team with players mainly based in the United States too.. But we also think the Europeans must help the USA out too - when did we last time see a top notch Euro team go to the USA to play a demonstration game? This never happened dear Dr. Kluger!
And yes all those things will be good for Floorball here - but we are not there yet - and - only god knows why!
Go Team USA GO!