Monday, March 9, 2015

How would a Euro Union - Floorball team look like?


Ha, Why?
Well the case is - that the top nations are only 4. Sorry Norway, Denmark, Slovakia and all you others - but at this point in time the Floorball world is dominated by Sweden, Finland, The Czech Republic and Switzerland. It almost does not matter is we play kids, females or the top elite.

This means concentrations of skills - perhaps too much concentrations of skills - are set to a bunch of boundaries in Europe. This concentration also means that several of the very best in Sweden and Finland etc can not play in a WFC, since they are not good enough to be on the national team, since after the best 30 players, in each top nation - well the door gets closed.
From national leagues, in the very best countries, we however know that even the players that are not rated to be the best best best - they can beat the best at times. Hmm. And these players are better than many other players in other nations.

So a Floorball team representing the European Union would indeed have a chance to go for gold in any big tournament. And the uncertainty at the top of the Floorball world would be even more exciting with a new joker in the games for any larger tournament.
A EU team would in principle be open for any European player - but we suspect the bulk of these players would still come from the top four nations. But that is not too important at this point.

Would the EU itself benefit from this?
Well, if you play with national numbers at any big sporting event it is often rather interesting to see how well a country like the USA is doing. But if the USA instead, for instance, would compete at a World Track and Field championship as representing their own state - well the numbers are not too exciting as it comes to gold medals to each state. Have you ever looked at the accumulated medal count at the Olympics for the European Union for instance - it shows very interesting numbers. This is something the European Union has not figured out yet as most European Athletes still always represent their own country in any big sporting event. And all this has only and mainly to do with traditions. Floorballcentral think from the perspective of the representative value to play a Floorball team representing the EU - this holds several good positive perspectives. First it would promote the European Unity. It would be representative of the European idea and it would promote cooperation over boundaries, perhaps instead of promoting nationalism? And is it not so that a citizen of any European Union National State in the European Union also is a citizen of the European Union? And if a sporting team representing the European Union spells good marketing value for the European Union. Well, then the European Union is not a poor house either - so the European Union should, or at least ought to, have some funds to run European Floorball teams too? We think.

Ok, let us now crush the idea that the European Union "National" Floorball teams should be made up by second hand players from the best nations. Let us instead play with the idea that the players themselves can decide if they prefer to play for either their National team or the European Union team? Still nationalism runs strong so we think that most of the best players would prefer the national team. But maybe not all. And maybe this might change over time too?

Is there something more a European Floorball team must have?
To be a truly European team, most likely we need players representing the Union from several different European regions - so some sort of guidelines - must be in place, as it comes to the composition of such a team. Maybe at least 6 nations must be represented? A team like this must also showcase European Unity and cooperation. Maybe with a team of coaches - or in reality not too much say that the coaches must come from the very best Floorball countries? Right?
Then, and this might be the most beautiful of it all? A team like this must have the most beautiful Euro designed outfits and play under the EU flag.

Is this at all possible?
Anything is possible if the will and the right determination is in place. Maybe not easy - but definitely not impossible - we say.
Hepp ;-D

And as Floorball grows - we can definitely also see an Asian team and an American team build after the same principles. ;-D

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Caution

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!