There’s an entire world playing the game of Floorball. As you look to expand you rec league or club programs, realize that Floorball is the next level of athletics already occurring internationally. That creates demand like no other. Let’s break this down a little more. You’re a program manager of a facility or collegiate program. You’ve been on the lookout for new programs to engage your current customers while attracting new clientele. Everyone does the same thing and for the most part they’re successful. Soccer, Basketball, Football, and Volleyball programs have become a staple. However, it’s likely that you might be missing out on attracting new clientele to your programs. Floorball has the potential to attract current and new clientele to your program. Overseas Floorball is catching on in a big way. Given the play of Thialand and Singapore in the last Men’s World Floorball Championships they’re currently on the right path to be a force in the future. In short, they’re investing in Floorball development at all ages.
While floorball is popular in Northern Europe on the other side of the world it has grown in popularity. Countries such as Australia, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and Japan have built strong programs that continue to improve in competition. Aside from the World Floorball Championships another major tournament is the Southeast Asian Games, or SEA Games. The SEA Games is a biennial multi-sport tournament involving 11 countries, and is supervised by the IOC and the Olympic Council of Asia.
Floorball is a relatively new sport at the SEA Games debuting in 2013 in Myanmar. At the time, it was not an official sport, but was used as a demo. Moving forward to 2015 the sport has grown to be officially recognizes for both men and women. Now, there are three countries competing on the women’s side (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia). On the men’s side, there are found countries competing (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Philippines). One thing to note is that both Singapore and Thailand competed in their first World Floorball Championships in 2016.
Unfortunately for Singapore their first WFC was a tough one ultimately finishing 16 out of 16 teams in the competition. While Singapore defeated Thailand in the 2015 SEA Game 9-0 it was a completely different story at the WFC losing 8-2. Singapore’s most notable win was over the USA, but by then they were already out of contention to clear the group stage. Thailand on the other hand finished 14th with the majority of their team having trained in Europe leading up to the WFC and it showed. In the end the growth of floorball in these countries is growing steadily and as time goes on it is likely they’ll see positive growth in the SEA games and WFC in the future.